Honorable Rebecca L. (Becky) Norris, Gulf County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, was recently elected as President of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, a professional association, for the upcoming year at the annual conference in Panama City Beach.
Hon. Fred N. Witten, retired Gulf County Judge, was on hand to perform the ceremony of installing Clerk Norris as President.
After taking the oath of office, Clerk Norris addressed the membership and discussed the importance of fulfilling the Clerks’ duties while working together, despite limited statewide funding.
“We continue to face challenges as we move forward: funding, legislation, technology and meeting the needs of our local offices as we are forced to do more with less,” Clerk Norris said during her acceptance speech. “I can’t say it will be easy, but together, with the support of each other, we can accomplish much.
“I am convinced that with a committed group of new officers, and a more than capable staff, that we, the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, will collaboratively work together during this upcoming year to meet the needs that we all experience on a day-to-day basis – large county to small, and all in between. We have done this since our responsibilities were first outlined by the Florida Constitution and defined in Florida Statutes.”
Serving the past year as the First Vice President, and three previous years as an executive board officer, Clerk Norris gained the experience and knowledge to fulfill her role as President for the upcoming program year.
Clerk Norris also acknowledged the importance of each Clerk’s dedicated staff and the hard work they perform. She said her staff is one of the main reasons for the success of the Gulf County Clerk’s office.
“We have learned to do more with less, and, although sometimes we feel like the water is up to our eyeballs and rising, we take pride in our work and are thankful, and consider it an honor to serve the public,” said Clerk Norris. “My hat goes off to each member of my staff. I am so blessed to have them on my team; my job would be impossible without them.”
Clerk Norris has served as Gulf County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller since 2005 and serves on numerous Florida Court Clerks committees. She is a lifelong resident of Gulf County and is married (Steve) with two children (Zachary and Ashton). She began her career in the Clerk’s office in April 1984. Clerk Norris has been active in her community; serving on many local committees and boards.
The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers, established in 1969, is a statewide, non-profit member association. The association is comprised of the Florida Clerks of the Circuit Court and Comptrollers. The association provides education and accreditation for Clerks of the Court and Comptrollers, information and technical assistance to local governments.