About the Clerk


Todd Newton was elected as Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller on November of 2012. Prior to being elected Clerk he served as Vice President of Nature Coast Financial Services.  He graduated from Trenton High School and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida. He is a duly elected Constitutional Officer as mandated by Article V, Section 16 of the Constitution of the State of Florida. He is a member of the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers (FCCC) and Florida Clerks of Court Operation Corporation (CCOC). He was elected to represent Clerks Statewide on the Executive Council of the FL CCOC since 2017 and as a Director on the Florida E-File Authority Board since 2016.

The Gilchrist County Clerk of Court’s office is a complex organization that performs a wide range of record keeping, information and financial management for the judicial system, the Board of County Commissioners, and most importantly, the citizens of Gilchrist County. The Clerk of Court as an officer of the Gilchrist County Court System is responsible for maintaining court records with the utmost care and security. These court records include criminal felony and misdemeanor cases, civil, family, Probate and Small Claims proceedings, Juvenile cases and traffic citations.

The Clerk of Court is the official recorder and custodian of all documents placed in the Gilchrist County Official Records. The Official Records are a permanent repository of those documents which primarily relate to real estate transactions.

The Clerk collects and disburses court ordered child support and alimony payments. Our office is responsible for issuing jury summons, requisitions and distributes payment of fees to jurors.

As Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk attends all Board meetings, records the proceedings and maintains minutes of each meeting.

The Clerk serves as the chief financial officer of the county. In this capacity the clerk ensures that all expenditures of county funds are authorized by law.

The Clerk’s office has been designated by the United States Department of State to receive and process passport applications.

All records filed with the Clerk are available for public inspection during normal business hours with the exception of those records specifically exempt by judicial order or Florida Statute.