In the main courtroom of the historic 1916 Palm Beach County Courthouse, whose first tenant a century ago was Palm Beach County’s “tax assessor,” that post’s ninth incarnation was sworn in Tuesday.
With a big smile, and with her family looking on from the old jury box, new Palm Beach County Property Appraiser — that’s the title now — Dorothy Jacks took the oath of office from a woman whose children she’d baby-sat as a 13-year-old in Palm Beach Gardens: retired Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Mary Lupo.
“I would be lying if I didn’t say that was very emotional,” said Jacks, whose voice then faltered with emotion as she said, “there is really nothing better in life than a dream come true.”
Describing it as yet another consequence of what she’s called deficient money from the state, Palm Beach County Clerk and Comptroller Sharon Bock said Friday she’s closing her “Midwestern Communities” service center in Royal Palm Beach on Fridays.
The new hours start Aug. 5 at the center, at 200 Civic Center Way, Suite 500.
Bock has said her budget took a $2.6 million cut this budget year, leading to layoffs and branch closings. She already closed operations on Fridays last year at her offices in the North County and South County courthouses.
APRIL 20 UPDATE: The deadline to register is extended to April 29.
Got a warrant hanging over your head? Come on down.
Operation Fresh Start, the annual 1-day event for people to clear outstanding nonviolent misdemeanor or criminal traffic warrants in Palm Beach County, is set for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30.
The event’s at the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Complex, 3228 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, and at the South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach.
More than 25,000 people have outstanding warrants, most of them for failure to appear in court; Palm Beach County Clerk & Comptroller Sharon Bock said in a release; “resolving these warrants allows citizens to clear their record as well as improve efficiencies in our justice system.”
People charged with violent crimes and felonies are not eligible.