Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meet the Candidates -- Clerk of Court

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Meet the Candidates -- Clerk of Court

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This is the latest in a series of information packages on candidates in the upcoming primary and general election. The primary election is Aug. 26. Early voting is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Aug. 11-23, at the following locations: Supervisor of Elections Main Office, 1417-1 S. Orange Ave., Green Cove Springs; Fleming Island Library, 1895 Town Center Blvd., Orange Park; and at elections office branches at 1518 Park Ave., Orange Park; 3245 Bear Run Blvd., Middleburg; and 275 South Lawrence Blvd., Keystone Heights. Voter registration or registration changes for the primary close 5 p.m. Monday; also, registrations can be postmarked through Monday. The general election is Nov. 4. For more information, call the Supervisor of Elections Office at (269) 284-6350 or go to www.clayelections.com.

JAMES JETT

Age: 55

Party: Republican

Work history: Police administrator, Orange Park Police Department, 1974-1982; Clay County commissioner, 1982-1994; Chief of Safety and Security, Florida Community College at Jacksonville, 1984-1998; County Comptroller, 1998-2000; Clerk of Circuit Court, 1998 to present.

- County governments are facing tight budgets, likely for years to come. How would you keep costs down and efficiency up at the clerk's office?

By continuing to operate the clerk's office like a business. In anticipation of budget constraints, in 2004 we combined tasks, instituted performance standards and cut employee positions. By being proactive, we have been able to meet the increased budget demands of our office while returning over $4 million dollars of unspent monies to the taxpayers.

- How would you make the clerk's office and its services more accessible to the public?

Enhanced technology is the key to increased accessibility. By implementing a public Web site, clayclerk.com, and placing the taxpayers' official/public records on the Internet, it gives them accessibility 24/7. We have implemented e-recording and are in the process of instituting e-filing, thus opening the courthouse, electronically, seven days per week, 24 hours per day to the public and business community.

- What sets you apart from the other candidate? …

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