Indian River County Resident Ryan Butler (R-Indian River County) has been appointed as Clerk of the Court & Comptroller for Indian River County by Governor Ron DeSantis, replacing retiring Clerk of the Court Jeffrey Smith (R-Indian River County).
Butler was appointed on June 9th, 2023, with the appointment taking effect on July 1st, 2023.
“I am so thankful to Governor DeSantis for entrusting me with this position,” said Butler. “I also owe a debt of gratitude to Clerk Smith and the many people in our community who supported me during the appointment process. My goal is to continue and improve upon the office’s reputation for excellent customer relations and efficiency by utilizing new technology and expanding our services.”
The role of the Clerk of the Court & Comptroller in each County in Florida varies widely from duties with the local County Court to obligations with the Board of County Commissioners.
The Clerk oversees many matters with the local court that include jury selection, processing all civil and criminal cases that go through the court, and conducting real property foreclosure sales, among other duties. The Clerk also oversees the issuance of marriage licenses.
The Clerk is required to attend all Board of County Commissioner meetings and the County Commission committee meetings in their County. The Clerk has various tasks involved with the County Commission including the recording and distribution of meeting minutes and being the legal custodian of all the Board of County Commissioner’s records and the Official County Seal.
The Clerk serves as Treasurer, Auditor, and Financial Officer of the County.
Butler previously served as Chief Deputy Clerk of the Court for Indian River County and was the Assistant State Attorney for Florida’s 19th Judicial Circuit.
Butler is currently a member of the National Speleological Society and is a Precinct Committeeman for the Republican Executive Committee of Indian River County.
Bulter also belongs to the Taxpayers Association of Indian River County, the Hundred Club of Indian River County, and the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.
Butler was previously a member of the Florida Prosecuting Attorney’s Association.
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