Welcome back, this is Jeremy Simons, host of the Family Law
Radio Show, as you can see, if you're watching on video, I
have two new guests with me, to my right is my son who have
a question for my very special guest sitting on my left, I'm
going to introduce by her official formal title name which
she doesn't like me calling her, but we're just going to do
anyway, this Honorable Doctor Paula S. O'Neil, the Clerk and
Comptroller for Pasco County Florida, please introduce
Good afternoon Jeremy thank you very much, please call me
Absolutely, and for the voters out there, her sign say Paula
S. O'Neil which all around Pasco County and some very
prominent spots, and I sent you an email the other day
hoping to get some signs, I know you have an abundance of
them, I know the one's with your face on there in short
supply, but I would like to get one of those. What is your
Clerk of the Circuit Court in County Comptroller.
And Jayson has a question, a quick question for you.
Doctor O'Neil, what's a comptroller?
Well that's a good question, comptroller is the person
that's in charge of the money for the county, so that's one
of the three duties of the Clerk of the Circuit Court in
County Comptroller. The county takes in taxes of a billion
dollars and the comptroller is in charge of paying the bills
for the county and auditing.
So you balance the check book?
Now I know you primarily, because I'm at the court house a
lot, I know you primarily as the chief clerk, I'm going to
call you chief clerk, you're the boss of all the clerk when
I go to the court house, I need assistance or need to get
some filed or recorded, and looking at the monitors in the
court court house and there you are. So I would like to
spend our time, most of our time today, talking about your
duties as a clerk of court, I
believe, am I correct that the clerk and Comptroller duties
No, they were not identified by the former clerk, there are
60 of 67 clerks that also have the comptroller
responsibilities, so there's a movement across the state to
recognize the comptroller duties as well as the clerk
duties. The duties are really threefold, besides being the
clerk at the county and circuit courts, the clerk is in
charge of the official records and controller in Pasco
Okay. And How many employees or Government employees work
with you, under you, for you, with the clerk's office?
We have over 300 right now, now when I took off, when I was
elected we have over 400.
So there's some substantial cuts?
Yes, we've cut over a hundred.
We're going to talked about that a little bit more. But I
want to start of letting people to get to know you a little