Todd Barton (R)


40 years of State and Federal court administration experience, including Chief Deputy Clerk, US Bankruptcy Court in California and US District Court in Alabama.  Former Executive Director, Broward County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.  Most recently, Chief Executive Officer and Clerk of Court for King’s County, California Superior Court for 21 years.  Masters in Judicial and Public Administration from University of Southern California.


What technological changes would you make to improve customer service?

Many routine functions should be accessible online and on mobile devices, such as pleas on traffic summonses, payment of fines and reporting for jury duty.  Implement a comprehensive and systemic overhaul of the current ClerkNet and Benchmark docket and case management systems, which are a hodge-podge of conflicting systems which do not afford judges efficient, easy access to statewide court records germane to the cases before them.  Implement a mobile-friendly website with language alternatives.  WIFI service should be available for jury pools.  Like our Tax Collector, basic court services should be available in both Venice and North Port.

Do you support changing the Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller election from partisan to nonpartisan? Please explain your answer.

The Clerk, as a purely administrative and executive function of the court’s administration should be a non-partisan office.  The Comptroller function, as it currently exists, must be a partisan office.  A partisan Comptroller is really the only way for the citizenry to maintain a healthy check and balance on the expenditures and investment of the entire County budget, as well as providing a meaningful opportunity to exercise the audit functions essential to the Comptroller’s role.  As it presently stands, the Clerk of Court serves as the Comptroller, so until that is changed, I believe the entire role needs to be partisan.