Southwest FL – The May Scholarship Luncheon featured speaker Karen E. Rushing, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Sarasota County Comptroller, and the six graduating high school seniors who were the recipients of our scholarship awards totaling $11,500. An update on the scholarship program, which includes the recipients of this year’s awards can as shown in the picture with Clerk of the Circuit Court & County Comptroller Karen Rushing (3rd from right). (L-R) Lindsey Johns (Riverview HS), Eric Agapito (Booker HS), Ana Maria Hognestad (Riverview HS), Shannon Marie Hunihan (Sarasota Military Academy), Ms. Rushing, Sarah Coffey (Cardinal Mooney HS) & Jonah McCrory (Pine View HS).. ADM Brian McCarthy, standing in for MOAS President Troy Scott, presented Sergeant Major Roger Mitchell, the Riverview High School JROTC Senior Military Instructor (SMI) with the MOAS 2014 SMI of the Year Award.
Ms Rushing’s presentation provided some valuable INFORMATION ABOUT THE Florida court system; the responsibilities associated with the “Clerks” office; the implementation of a systematic approach to strategic planning by the County Comptroller to ensure that Sarasota County is able to control costs and meet obligations; and enable county residents to be confident that the county has safeguards in place to provide reasonable assurance that assets are protected.
In the military we are accustomed to encountering officers who are dual or triple-hatted. However Ms. Rushing actually wears five distinct hats; Clerk of the Circuit & County Court, County Recorder; County Comptroller and Treasurer; Ex-Officio Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners and County Auditor. With a staff of 220 personnel operating on a ‘fee-based’ budget, the job is a daunting one that has earned Ms. Rushing recognition and kudos from across the stsate and country. A major item of interest is her office’s responsibility for building the county’s annual budget and managing the county’s $270 million investment portfolio, ensuring the county’s financial viability.
Additional information about Ms. Rushing’s organization is at www.sarasotaclerk.com.
MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America.
MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 370,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com