TALLAHASSEE – Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers this week approved the hire of Chris Hart IV as the association’s new Chief Executive Officer. Beginning Dec. 4, Hart will lead the association as it enhances educational opportunities, raises its profile through amplified advocacy efforts, and seeks to deliver value-added services through innovation for Clerks and Comptrollers across the state. Hart’s distinguished career includes serving as a member of the Florida House of Representatives for District 57 (Hillsborough County) from 1998-2002. He has also served as an executive in multiple capacities, including president and CEO of CareerSource Florida, Inc. (2007-2017) and CEO of Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Clay County Clerk of Court Tara Green shares a leadership role on the association’s Executive Committee that oversaw the search and selection of Mr. Hart for this statewide leadership position.
“Mr. Hart will provide strong leadership to our association as we optimize the ability of our members to effectively and efficiently serve Floridians through education, legislative action and public awareness of the role and function of the office,” said Marcia M. Johnson, Franklin County Clerk and Comptroller and 2017-18 Board President. “He brings extensive knowledge of the legislative process, which will be critical as we work together with lawmakers to establish sustainable funding for our offices.”
Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers is a statewide nonprofit member association composed of the 67 elected Clerks of the Circuit Court and one independently elected County Comptroller. These leaders in cutting-edge technology have established Florida as a national model, particularly with their statewide Comprehensive Case Information System (CCIS) and the E-Filing Portal. Clerks are independently elected as their duties provide a system of checks and balances, ensuring transparency, access and accountability in local government. While the Constitution Revision Commission convenes this year, Hart and the association will support preserving the roles of constitutional officers as elected, not appointed, positions.
“Our association can achieve great things with a sharpened focus on our vision and mission,” Hart said. “This is a pivotal point in time for the Clerks and Comptrollers, and I look forward to supporting them in their shared commitment to excellence as they seek to effectively and efficiently serve the citizens of Florida.”
Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers is a statewide nonprofit member association composed of the Florida Clerks of the Circuit Court and Comptrollers. In most counties, the Clerk of the Circuit Court also serves as the County Treasurer, Recorder, Auditor, Finance Officer, and Ex-Officio Clerk of the County Commission. The association provides local government support services, technical assistance and accreditation opportunities for all members of the association. For more information, visit www.flclerks.com.