Meet the Clerk

The Clerk of the Circuit Court, established by the Florida Constitution of 1838, is the local constitutional officer who serves as the Public Trustee for the county. In addition to serving as Clerk to the Courts, your Clerk provides a county-level system of checks and balances through service as the County Comptroller, Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, guardian of Public and Official Records, Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board, and Internal Auditor of county funds.

As a public trustee, my office mission is to serve you with integrity, professionalism, courtesy, and respect. Please use our online services or call, email or visit one of my offices if we can be of further service to you.

The Honorable Carolyn (Barton) Timmann was sworn into Office on January 8, 2013, as the Martin County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. She was sworn in for her second term on January 8, 2017, and her third term on January 5, 2021. Carolyn is the sixth Clerk to serve since Martin County was formed in 1925.

Experience

Carolyn started her career in the state court system working for a 19th Judicial Circuit Judge and as the Martin County Law Librarian. She then worked in a local law firm before serving as the legislative assistant to Representative Tom Warner in the Florida House of Representatives, based in Stuart. Following that role, Carolyn and her family moved to Tallahassee where she worked in the Attorney General's Office as Special Assistant to Florida's first two Solicitor Generals.

In 2006, Carolyn transferred to the Office of the Governor as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff, overseeing military and veterans' affairs, gubernatorial councils and commissions, and statewide consumer and technology projects. In January 2011, she was appointed as the Director of Open Government for the Executive Office of the Governor to manage public records and projects to provide statewide electronic information. She resigned from that role in 2012 to return home to Martin County and seek the Office of Clerk and Comptroller.

Education

Clerk Timmann attended the University of Georgia, Indian River State College, and The Florida State University, earning B.A. and A.A. degrees, as well as Certificates in Public Administration and Records Management.

Personal Commitment

Clerk Timmann is the proud mother of two adult children who were born in Stuart (with late husband, Robert Timmann, a long-time law enforcement officer and instructor). Her daughter, Shannon Timmann, is a member of the Florida Bar and the District of Columbia Bar currently practicing in Alexandria, Virginia; her son, Morgan Timmann, operates a small business in Stuart.

She serves on the Board of Directors for Helping People Succeed and is a member of the Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary, LEADERship Martin County, The Federalist Society, Elliott Museum, Stuart Heritage Society, Florida Oceanographic Society, National Genealogical Society, and the Halpatiokee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). She also assists other local and statewide organizations.

Professional Commitment

Clerk Timmann completed the 240-hour professional development certification program for Court Clerks, which was developed by the Florida Supreme Court in conjunction with the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers. She also serves as the Legislative Chair and is a member of the Budget Committee for the Court Clerks Operations Corporation, and serves on the Executive Committee, and is the Chair of the Finance Committee and the Audit Committee for the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers. Clerk Timmann is a member of the Government Finance Officer’s Association (GFOA) and the Florida Government Finance Officer's Association (FGFOA) and an Associate Member of the Martin County Bar Association.

Honors & Awards as Clerk & Comptroller

  • Represent the statewide Clerks of Court as a member of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Information Systems Council, appointed in 2014; Chair, 2017 to present.
  • Best Places to Work Award, Career Source Florida, 2016
  • "Clerk of the Year" for the Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers, 2016/2017
  • Partnership Award from Florida Rural Legal Services and the Martin County Bar Association for "Partnership and Dedication to Ensuring Equal Access to the Courts and all Persons Regardless of Socioeconomic Status," October 2016
  • Appointed to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission by Senate President Joe Negron, February 2017
  • Pro Bono Publico "For the Public Good" Award Partnership Award from Florida Rural Legal Services and the Martin County Bar Association for "Her Outstanding Partnership with Florida Rural Legal Services, The Martin County Bar Association Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and Her Ongoing Commitment to Providing Equal Access to the Courts For All Persons," 11 May 2018
  • The Champion Award from the Florida Association of Property Appraisers "In Recognition of Her Efforts as a Constitutional Revision Commission Member to Protect the Constitutional Independence and Authority of All Constitutional Officers in This Great State of Florida," June 2018
  • President's Award, Florida Tax Collector's Association, 2018
  • Outstanding Service Award, Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers, June 2018
  • President's Award, Florida Sheriff's Association, July 2018
  • Honorary Sheriff's designation by the Florida Sheriff's Association, July 2019
  • Appointed by the Florida Bar President to the Bar's Special Committee on Criminal Justice, August 2019
  • Special Deputy Sheriff appointment, St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, October 2019
  • Pro Bono Publico Award from 19th Judicial Circuit Bench Bar Committee, Florida Rural Legal Services and the Martin County Bar Association, November 2019
  • Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers President's Strategic Partnership Award, June 2020
  • Florida Court Clerks and Comptrollers President's Leading the Drive for Excellence Award, June 2021