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Palm Beach County Clerk’s Office Employee Arrested for Drug Possession

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (August 20, 2012) – A Clerk & Comptroller’s office employee was arrested Monday by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and charged with three counts of possession of controlled substances without a prescription. 

Renee L. Hawkins had worked with the Clerk’s office since December 2008. She was suspended on July 2, 2012 after an employee alerted the Clerk’s Inspector General to irregularities in the evidence vault. Upon notification, the Clerk’s Inspector General immediately launched a review and referred it to the Sheriff’s office for further investigation into possible criminal activity. The Clerk’s internal review continues.

Clerk’s office employees must undergo a rigorous pre-employment screening, which includes local and federal criminal background checks, fingerprinting, drug testing and physical examinations for safety-sensitive positions.

“We have an extremely strict hiring process because of the sensitive nature of our work,” said Un Cha Kim, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s very disappointing when an employee acts with complete disregard of the public interest. We do everything in our power to ensure that the public can trust the integrity of every employee.”

The Clerk’s office is a drug free workplace and has zero tolerance for violations of that policy.  Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

For more information about the Clerk’s office, visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.

The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents.  In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.

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