Clay County Clerk Of Court Honored As Best In State For Ticket-Amnesty Efforts
Tara Green, Clay County’s Clerk of Court, is Florida’s Clerk of the Year.
Green was recognized for her leadership in this year’s statewide launch of Operation Green Light.
Operation Green Light is a day of amnesty allowing people with suspended drivers’ licenses to pay traffic ticket fines — minus a 40-percent penalty tacked on as punishment — and get their license back.
In April, the project resulted in the reinstatement of nearly 10,000 drivers’ licenses and generated more than $5.4 million for participating counties.
Green says her coordination of the 65-county effort got the attention of the Clerk of the Year selection committee.
“It was just a huge success,” Green said.
Green says it’s a great honor, though a somewhat puzzling one.
“The irony of it is, I feel like ... each day I’m just doing my job,” Green said. “So to be awarded for something that’s been explained to me as going above and beyond, um, sometimes I scratch my head.”
Green took office in Clay County in 2012.