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Article V and Article VIII of the Florida Constitution provide the basis for the role of the Clerk. Pursuant to these sections of the Florida Constitution the offices of clerks of the circuit courts in each county is designated as the “ex officio clerk of the board of county commissioners, auditor, recorder, and custodian of all county funds.”

The Finance Department ensures the proper and timely recording of accounting transactions for the purpose of preparing accurate financial statements. The Clerk is constitutionally responsible as the Chief Financial Officer for the Board of County Commissioners. The Finance Department maintains financial records and prepares reports for all moneys received and disbursed for the Board of County Commissioners. As custodian of county funds, the Clerk ensures the County’s financial assets are safeguarded and that all transactions are recorded properly to permit the preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The department ensures that the financial statements of the Board and the Clerk are audited annually, provides cash management services, and monitors debt service requirements.

The Finance Department provides all accounting functions, i.e., payables, receivables, payroll, investments, and maintenance. The Finance Department is responsible for administering purchasing policies and procedures, and is charged with the commitment of seeing that all purchases are made legally and ethically in compliance with Florida Statutes. The Finance Department also prepares the county budget as directed by the Board of County Commissioners and handles all grant money received.

The Finance Department for Hamilton County, Florida is under the supervision of the Hamilton County, Florida Clerk of the Court, W. Greg Godwin .

W. Greg Godwin
Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Hamilton County, Florida
(386) 792-1288

Sheri Davis
Director of Finance
(386) 792-1288

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