Awards, Anniversaries & Reports
Clerk Green is proud of the great work done by Clerk’s Office personnel year in and year out. Many of these unsung public servants work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure very important judicial system programs run smoothly and that citizens receive the best service possible. We’d like to share the good news with you regarding Clerk’s Office members and programs recognized for going above and beyond to make our efforts successful. These personnel and many others on our team are the embodiment of our office’s Mission, Vision & Core Values Statements.
2020 Quarter III Clerk’s All-Star Award: Business Analyst Emily Einarsson exhibits our core values – trustworthy, efficient, helpful – on a daily basis, while prioritizing her workload for maximum benefit of her coworkers. She is our “go-to” person, always available to trouble-shoot issues, resolve concerns and recommend protocols that resolve dire situations quickly. From establishing remote bond hearing protocols, to resetting judge calendars; from batch-printing notices to creating online final judgements; from the Benchmark System to streamlining the civil case dispositions….and so much more. She is described as knowledgeable, professional, tireless, a relationship builder with the judiciary, always on the move, kind, respectful, serious, thorough, diligent, confident, and as having a wonderful work ethic. Congratulations, Emily!
- 2020 Quarter II Clerk’s All-Star Award: Civil Department Clerk Becky Crews represents all aspects of our Mission, Vision and Core Values. Always willing to help, Crews manages the Low Bono program on top of her other roles and duties. She is the lead clerk for Real Auction and works closely with Finance. Crews helped test the implementation of our Benchmark system, helping staff with appeals issues. Known by her colleagues as patient, dedicated and trustworthy, our Civil Department and Clerk’s Office is fortunate to have her on our team. Congratulations, Becky Crews!
- Clerk of Court Green would like to congratulate Debbie Vedas on her well-earned retirement following thirteen years of valuable service to our office and to the Clay County community. Debbie joined the Clerk’s Office for the second time on February 5, 2007. Our Civil Department has been blessed to have such a dedicated employee on staff for so long. Civil Director Amie Herrera describes Debbie as a valuable part of our Civil and Clerk’s Office family who will be truly missed. Since we are not able to throw Debbie a traditional retirement party due to COVID-19 restrictions, we’ve encouraged her fellow Clerks to contact her directly with their words of congratulations. Her official retirement certificate from Clerk Green and our executive team will be delivered soon. A heart-felt congratulations from all of us to Debbie on her retirement!
- In 2019, Clay County Teen Court brought home its first-ever championship from the 3rd Annual FSU Sunshine State Showdown. Held in October at the state capitol in Tallahassee, there was fierce competition from seventeen top Teen Court Mock Trial competition groups from across the entire state. Our diverse team of Clay County public school, private school and home-school students from areas across Clay County swept the competition and took home the 1st Place award, an accomplishment of which we can all be proud. These students represented Clay County with professionalism and a passion for the law. It was an experience of a lifetime that impacted them all. We are so proud of our Teen Court teens!
A surprise award presentation was made by Guardian Ad Litem Victim Advocate Manager Lisa Johnson to Clay County Clerk Tara S. Green last week at the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs. Every year our staff purchases Christmas gifts for children in the Guardian Ad Litem Program. Each child receives 5-8 wrapped gifts – toys, clothing, cozy blankets, school and art supplies, treats and more. This year Clerk’s Office personnel provided gifts to fifteen (15) children between the ages of 10 months and nine years of age. A gift is also provided for the caregiver of these children. Clerk Green considers this annual effort a true labor of love which demonstrates how helpful and caring her employees are. “Our Clerks look forward to this effort every year because they feel it exhibits their true Christmas spirit,” Green said. “This unexpected nomination and recognition from the GAL staff is an honor for our whole team.”
- The Clay County Archives Center was awarded $5,600 in October 2018 by Clay Electric Co-Op’s Operation Round Up Grant board. These funds will be used to purchase safe, comfortable outdoor seating (portable picnic tables) for public use at the Historic Triangle in Green Cove Springs where tour groups – especially youth from schools and clubs – visit to learn about Clay County’s history. Thank you, Clay Electric!
- Clerk Green is very proud of two special programs that are part of the Clerk’s Office that received special recognition at the 2018 Celebrate Clay awards event. Clay County Teen Court received $5,000 as winner of the Judges’ Choice Program award and our Historical Archives received $750 as a Community Service category winner. These donations, provided by the Reinhold Foundation, will be put to great use to help local youth and families. Kudos to Teen Court (Debbie Mueller, Michelle Taylor and Stacey Smith) and to Archives (Vishi Garig).
- Passport services provided by our clerks allowed thousands of citizens to travel internationally resulting in special recognition for Clay Clerks. We have some amazing employees in both our Orange Park Branch and in our Recording Department. The OP Branch had a perfect audit for their outstanding operations for the Passport Application Acceptance Program. There are over 300 facilities in the Miami Passport Agency Region and thus it is no small feat to receive a perfect score on this assessment. In Green Cove Springs, Recording Department Director Debbie Thacker and staff handle this program, which led to a perfect score on their most recent Acceptance Facility Review Report. Clay County clerks are operating at the highest level possible, providing secure travel documents to citizens.
- Border Protection Agent Survives Attack and Thanks Clerks Office Members for Assistance: Our Clerks are proud to be part of the story of survival and recovery of US Customs & Border Protection Agent Drew Stokes, the officer (and Clay County resident) shot multiple times in a Publix parking lot in Oakleaf in 2017. Agent Stokes and his wife were joined by his supervisors as they made a special visit to our Clay County Clerks Office to deliver a message of thanks. They took the time to come in person to thank Recording Department members, Scott Iannucci and Rhonda Yates, for their fast and helpful service when Mrs. Stokes called after the shooting incident to ask that their personal records be protected due to the unknown threat they were facing. Clerk Green and Debbie Thacker welcomed the group and introduced them to Scott and Rhonda in Recording. A great job was done by everyone involved!
- Clay County Clerk of the Circuit Court Tara S. Green was selected Florida Clerk of the Year by the Florida Association of Clerks and Comptrollers, which honored her during its statewide conference in Ponte Vedra Beach. View the full story
- Clerk’s Office Wins Best Fair Display 2019 & “Fan Favorite” Vote at 2018 Clay County Agricultural Fair – Our theme in 2019 was “Sweet Home Grown Traditions” and was a huge “hit” as music lovers and history buffs alike enjoyed our salute to the Van Zant Family and more. Our theme in 2018 was “This is Our Fair Trial” so our 30-foot-long fair booth included a replica 1890 courtroom built by the MHS Carpentry classes, displays about famous/infamous trials in Clay history and loads of info about the courts, Clerk’s Office and the 6th Amendment (the right to a fair trial). We are so pleased at the positive public response and appreciate everyone’s support. Sadly, the 2020 fair was cancelled due to COVID-19.