Circuit Court Clerk Not “Always” a Cost Effective Office

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 28, 2012

Circuit Court Clerk – Not “Always…Always” a Cost Effective Office
Chief Deputy Professes “Millions in Profit” but Closer Look at Budget Reveals Operational Deficit for 2012 of $294,904.

ROUND LAKE, IL – Republican candidate for Circuit Court Clerk Gerald Dietz today challenged Chief Deputy Keith Brin’s false claims that the Clerk’s office is cost-effective and operates within the budget.

“I take issue with a candidate who is running for office claiming to have been a good steward of tax dollars when in reality, it’s a bait-and-switch with budget numbers and a complete falsehood,” Dietz said. “Misrepresenting the office’s revenues and expenditures is a disgrace to the people of Lake County.”

In statements made at the League of Women Voters’ candidate forum on February 12 and other local forums, Chief Deputy of the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office claimed that the office is cost-effective and returns millions of dollars back to the County each year.

“That’s an easy conclusion to make considering that the budget overview sheet for the Circuit Court Clerk shows that the department expects revenues in the amount of $12,536,625.00 and expenses of only $8,927,954.00,” Dietz said. “However, close examination of the pages detailing those revenues clearly shows that almost $4 million of that revenue is for use by other departments, and the office does not operate in the black.”

According to state statute, the Circuit Court Clerk’s office is required to collect revenues such as Court Security fees, traffic and conservation fees on behalf of other county departments and agencies. While the Circuit Court Clerk is mandated to collect these fees, these revenues do not directly support the office operations or functions, as Brin has stated.

“The Circuit Clerk will collect $2 million in court security fees for FY12, but these public dollars are distributed to the Sheriff’s Department who manages the Court Security division,” Dietz said. “Additionally, the Circuit Clerk budget shows revenues of $1.5 million for the County’s traffic and conservation fees, but these are required by law to be deposited into the County’s general corporate fund.”

“It is unfortunate that the Chief Deputy, and a candidate for Clerk, is misrepresenting the Circuit Court Clerk’s office in this way. We need honesty, transparency and accountability in the Clerk’s office,” Dietz said. “I look forward to serving the people of Lake County with integrity and fiscal restraint.”

In November 2011, the Lake County Board adopted its budget for fiscal year 2012 totaling more than $487,000,000. Contained within the 349 page document are several pages that detail each department and/or functional area.

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Contact:
Gerald Dietz
P.O. Box 236
Round Lake, Illinois 60073
(847)340-6331
dietzforclerk@gmail.com

Dietz Pledges “Triple A Rating” to Circuit Clerk’s Office

Contact:
Gerald Dietz
P.O. Box 236
Round Lake, Illinois 60073
(847)340-6331
dietzforclerk@gmail.com

 August 13, 2011

For Immediate Release

 

 Dietz Pledges to Deliver a “Triple A Rating” to the Office of the Circuit Court Clerk of Lake County

 

During his campaign kick-off event Saturday, August 13, 2011, attorney Gerald T. Dietz pledged that if elected, he would improve the primary duties of Access, Accuracy and Accountability within the functions of the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

While addressing the attendees and hosts of the event; Mayor Jim Dietz (Round Lake), Mayor Jean McCue (Round Lake Park), Mayor Richard Hill (Round Lake Beach) and Mayor Kristina Kovarik (Gurnee), candidate Dietz stressed that “…measurable improvements in these key areas will ultimately lead to an enhanced level of customer service.”  Dietz further stated that he would update the current automation system in order to create greater access to case information while simultaneously supporting the County’s Integrated Justice effort.

A life-long resident of Lake County, Dietz has dedicated his life to serving people and his community.  Serving as a volunteer firefighter/paramedic for more than a decade, Dietz now provides the medical, legal and ethical training to many of our local area units.  In addition to serving as the President of the Board of Directors of the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center Foundation, his current law practice is concentrated in municipal law where he represents several local governmental bodies.

Dietz Announces Candidacy

Contact:
Gerald Dietz
P.O. Box 236
Round Lake, Illinois 60073
(847)340-6331
dietzforclerk@gmail.com

July 8, 2011

For Immediate Release

Gerald (Jerry) Dietz, age 42 of Round Lake, announced today that he would seek the Republican nomination for Clerk of the Circuit Court.

 

My name is Gerald (Jerry) Dietz I am seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in Lake County.  The Clerk of the Circuit Court is the heart of the court system in any judicial circuit and we need someone who has dedicated their life to public service that can lead the Clerk’s office into the digital age.  I have dedicated my life to public service.  I am a lifelong Lake County resident and Republican and I will bring the Republican party’s conservative values and hard work ethic with me to this office.

I will revitalize the Clerk’s office by improving ACCURACY, ACCOUNTABILITY, ACCESS and CUSTOMER SERVICE.  When elected to the Office of Circuit Court Clerk I will modernize the office with digital updates including online access to court information, the ability to pay fines and court fees on line and the ability to file official court documents electronically.  Modernizing the office will provide a more efficient, more accurate and most importantly more accessible office to the residents of Lake County.

I have dedicated my life to serving the people.  I have practiced in all of the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin Counties.  I spent nearly 10 years as a municipal prosecutor observing the Clerk’s Office on a day to day basis first hand.  I know what it will take to move the Lake County Circuit Clerk’s Office into the 21st Century.  Our next Circuit Court Clerk needs to be someone who has proven that they can serve the people or our great county.

Contact:
Gerald Dietz
P.O. Box 236
Round Lake, Illinois 60073
(847)340-6331
Jerry@dietzforclerk.com