The Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, St. Johns County is your public trustee,
responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds.
The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller as a constitutional officer, directly elected by and accountable to St. Johns County residents.
We are here for you. Below you will meet our team.
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Brandon J. Patty
Appointed in December 2019 by Governor Ron DeSantis and elected in 2020, Brandon Patty serves as clerk of the circuit court and comptroller for St. Johns County. In this role, he manages a $7.5 million budget and a staff of 100 responsible for more than 1,000 constitutional and regulatory duties – everything from maintaining court records to issuing passports and marriage licenses. Since his appointment, Patty has reinforced the office’s focus on providing superior customer service, serving as auditor and custodian of county funds, maintaining county records and partnering with the court system on behalf of all St. Johns County residents.
Patty brings significant leadership and management experience from the private sector and the military to his role as clerk of court and comptroller. In addition to serving most recently as director of operations for St. Augustine-based Defenshield, he worked with some of America’s largest companies as a consultant for Deloitte. Previously, he served as a special assistant to Gov. Jeb Bush and as policy director for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
A lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve, Patty has served on active duty at the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office in Washington, DC and in the Middle East in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He currently serves as an Information Warfare Officer at Naval Air Station Jacksonville.
Patty is a second-generation Floridian and the first member of his family to graduate from college, earning a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
He resides in St. Augustine with his wife Brittney, son Graham, stepson Mason, and their two dogs, Roscoe and Howie.
Clerk Patty can be reached at 904-819-3601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark P. Miner
Mark Miner is the chief deputy clerk at the St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and County Comptroller’s office. In this role, he is responsible for the overall operation of the office and leads a team of over 100 highly dedicated public servants. He oversees human resources, technology, public information, finance, legal, court operations, recording, minutes & records, and risk management.
He previously served as the chairman of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners where he oversaw a $744 million budget and 1,100 employees. As a commissioner, he served as the chair of the Public Safety Coordinating Council and on the boards of the Northeast Florida Transportation Planning Organization, the Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Study Commission, the St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority, and the Recreation Advisory Board.
Miner has championed local laws protecting our children, such as the Kid Safe Zone Ordinance, which bans sex offenders and sexual predators from handing out candy on Halloween, wearing costumes on holidays, and loitering around children. He has worked with our first responders to ensure that our law enforcement and fire rescue personnel have the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe and was instrumental in upgrading St. Johns County’s emergency communications system for our first responders.
In 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott appointed Miner to the board of the St. Augustine Northeast Florida Regional Airport.
In the private sector, Miner worked as a manager for CSX where he earned the CSX Chairman’s Award of Excellence, CSX’s highest employee honor. He ran a financial services practice for Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P., in northern St. Augustine where he worked with over 300 families and businesses and subsequently has worked as a wealth manager focusing on risk management.
Miner has been a member of the Florida Army National Guard since 2002 and continues to serve today as a traditional part-time guardsman. He currently serves as the battalion aviation safety officer for the 2-111th Aviation Regiment and concurrently serves as a standardization instructor pilot, instrument flight examiner, and functional check pilot in the UH-72 Lakota.
He has served as a Pilot-in-Command, Air Mission Commander, Aviation Maintenance Officer, and Platoon Leader. He has completed two deployments to the U.S. border with Mexico as a member of Joint Task Force Southwest Border (JTF-SWB), has participated in aviation recovery operations throughout Florida during Hurricanes Mathew, Irma, Michael, and Dorian, and has flown hundreds of missions in direct support of law enforcement as a member of the Florida Army National Guard’s Counterdrug Aerial Reconnaissance Team (CD-ART). Before becoming an Army Aviator Miner was an Infantry non-commissioned officer and is a two-time veteran of Operation Iraq Freedom where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge.
In the community, Miner has served as the campaign chair for the United Way of St. Johns County and was its board president. He served as secretary of the board of directors for the Early Learning Coalition of North Florida and on the board of Home Again St. Johns. He has been a member of the St. Johns County Veterans Council, the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the St. Augustine Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, and the St. Augustine Rotary Club.
Miner lives in St. Augustine with his wife Cheryl and their three young children, Mark, Bennett, and Molly. Miner and his wife went to Bartram Trail High School. Cheryl graduated from Flagler College and Miner earned his bachelor’s in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology and his master of science in financial planning from the College for Financial Planning. In 2020 he was accepted into the executive MBA program at the University of Florida. He holds FAA commercial and instrument airplane and helicopter ratings.
Ashanti AustinSpecial Assistant to the Clerk
Cathy RocheChief Operations Clerk
Clinton BooneDeputy Chief Financial Clerk
Dwala ReidChief Financial Clerk
John RundgrenChief Technology Clerk
Julio CruzDeputy Chief Operations Clerk
Lisa L. SmithChief Personnel Clerk
Ashanti Austin serves as the Special Assistant to the Clerk. In this role, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations within the Executive Office of the Clerk and handles communications for the office.
Prior to joining the St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Austin served as a Deputy Clerk at the Putnam County Clerk’s Office. Before transitioning into her current position, Austin was the supervisor of the Family Law department.
Austin graduated with an A.A. degree from St. Johns River State College and a B.S. in public administration from Flagler College.
Cathy Roche serves as the Chief Operations Clerk. As Chief Operations Clerk, Roche leads operations within four court divisions and two non-court divisions. Roche provides direction and support to the department directors to ensure compliance with Florida Statutes and best practices.
Roche brought an extensive clerk background to the office when she joined the team in 2008. She worked as a Deputy Clerk in Holmes County for several years. After work in the private sector, Roche served as the Chief Deputy at the Washington County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.
Clinton Boone, C.P.A., serves as Deputy Chief Financial Clerk. Boone brings a wealth of knowledge to the Finance department with his extensive finance background. Boone was previously employed with the St. Johns County Office of Management and Budget.
He earned an A.A. in accounting from Santa Fe Community College and a B.A in accounting from Saint Leo University. In addition, Boone attended the University of Florida’s Fisher School of Accounting.
Appointed Chief Financial Clerk in 2020, Dwala Reid leads the Clerk Finance Department, which includes the clerk’s budget and county comptroller functions. In addition, Reid oversees the preparation of the County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) each year.
Reid has been with the clerk’s office since graduating high school and earned an A.A. degree in business administration from St. Johns River State College, B.S. in corporate finance from the University of North Florida, and an MBA with a concentration in Leadership from Jacksonville University.
John Rundgren serves as the Chief Technology Clerk. In this role, he oversees network and technology services for the organization, implements upgrades for systems, and ensures proper data recovery practices.
Prior to employment with the St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller, Rundgren worked in technology roles within the public and private sector. His work experience includes: Information Technology Director for Putnam County Board of County Commissioners, Sr. Systems Administrator for JM Family Enterprises, Microsoft Engineer for StorComm, Systems Consultant for DataCom Consulting Services, and Technical Support Agent for America Online.
Rundgren earned a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Western Governor’s University. He is actively pursuing a graduate degree.
Julio Cruz serves as the Deputy Chief Operations Clerk. Cruz is responsible for directing the day-to-day operations of court and non-court divisions within the clerk’s office.
Cruz joined the team at the clerk’s office in 2012 as a Civil Court Clerk. He was later promoted to supervisor over the division. Prior to his current role as Deputy Chief Operations Clerk, Cruz served as the Director of Civil.
Cruz earned an A.A. degree from St. Johns River State College and is actively pursuing a B.S. in public administration from Flagler College. He will graduate from Flagler in December 2021.
Lisa L. Smith
Lisa Smith serves as the Chief Personnel Clerk. As the Chief Personnel Clerk, Smith directs the day-to-day operations within the Human Resource department. She is responsible for the development of policies and procedures and ensures proper implementation.
Smith, a 21-year Air Force veteran, brings a unique background to the office. She served in various positions in the Pentagon, the White House and ultimately retired from Air Force One. Following retirement, Smith worked as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant to the President, White House Military Office for several years.
Smith earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in human resources from National-Louis University.