About The Clerk
Jeffrey R. Smith, Clerk of the Circuit Court.
He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Finance in 1978, passed the CPA exam in 1984 and moved to Vero Beach later that year with KPMG Peat Marwick.
Jeff started his own firm (Jeffrey R. Smith & Associates, PA) here in Vero Beach in 1988 and in 1992 sold his firm to go to work with Indian River County.
He has held several posts with the County, including Assistant Finance Director (in the Clerk’s Office), Assistant Utilities Director, Assistant Tax Collector, and Chief Deputy Clerk of Court & Comptroller.
In June of 2012, Jeff won election to be the next Clerk of Court without opposition and on July 3, 2012, he was sworn in as Clerk to replace the retiring Jeff Barton.
Jeff is a Past President of the Florida Government Finance Officer’s Association (FGFOA), a 2700 member organization of government finance professionals and elected officials from around the state. His oldest son Brad is career military serving his country in the Navy currently deployed, his daughter is a teacher at Storm Grove Middle School and his youngest son, Trent is a student in the Paramedic/Fire school program at IRSC. He is married to Wanda who also is a teacher with Indian River County at the Alternative Education Center. Jeff is active in the community being a Past President of the Exchange Club of Indian River, Past President of the Fighting Indians Band Boosters, and has served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity. He is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army here in Vero Beach, the United Way, and the Indian River Foundation for the Elderly.
In addition to being a member of the FGFOA, Jeff is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
Mr. Smith can be reached at 772-770-5185, ext. 3160.
History of the Clerk's Office
In the summer of 1821 Congress ratified the Adam-Onis Treaty that transferred Spain's Florida colonies to the United States. Andrew Jackson, who was responsible for West Florida, appointed a clerk who would administer his policies. Government in east Florida soon followed suit.
In the 1820's and 1830's there was a movement toward statehood. However, geographical differences, a depression and strong pro and con opinions delayed Florida from becoming a state until 1845. During the long process, the convention delegates hammered out an elected position for Clerk of the Circuit Court. 926 constitutional duties for clerks were defined.
In 1925 St. Lucie County was split, a portion of it becoming Indian River County. The first clerk appointed was Miles Warren, who was reelected and served through 1936. Clerk Doug Baker served from 1937 through 1964. Ralph Harris became the clerk in 1965 and served for 12 years. Freda Wright was his successor and was in the office for 12 years. Jeff Barton was elected Clerk in 1988.