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PASCO COUNTY: CLERK OF COURT

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Paula O'Neil is the Republican who has been the clerk of the court's chief deputy for the past two years. Bob Altman is the Democrat who for 27 years has done real estate, probate and trust law for his familyês firm in New Port Richey. The winner will replace Jed Pittman, Pasco's clerk of court for the past 32 years.

Paula OêNeil, 52 R Robert N. Altman, 52 D
OêNeil has no political experience but is a longtime civil servant. She moved here from Charleston, S.C., in 1987, and has worked for the county ever since. She spent nine years with the countyês Community Services Department and six more with Parks and Recreation. She was hired in 2002 at the clerkês office as a strategic planner. She became chief deputy clerk in 2006 and has taken on key responsibilities as Clerk of Court Jed Pittmanês health has declined. Experience The Gulf High School and Stetson University College of Law grad was born in St. Petersburg and raised in Pasco. He has been active in the Seven Springs Rotary Club, the First Baptist Church of New Port Richey and the Community Foundation of Pasco, and was the chairman of the Odessa Rodeo and Festival. He ran for clerk of court four years ago and lost by a nearly 2-to-1 ratio to the incumbent Pittman.
Bachelorês degree in leisure management from Missouri State University; masterês in management from National-Louis University; working on Ph.D. in management and decision sciences through an online program at Walden University Education Bachelorês degree in business administration from Western Carolina University; Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law
"Serving people online rather than in line." The pledge To improve productivity and efficiency, boost staff morale and continue to improve the officeês technology.
"Itês so important. Itês the hub of county government." About the job "Itês not just a secretarial position. Itês one of the most important administrative positions in the county."
"It doesnêt make sense to hand the keys over to somebody who doesnêt know the office." On experience "I think thereês a little bit of the good olê boys network in there. ... Iêve got more experience in the courts than my opponent."
Home, real estate, savings and investments Assets Home, real estate, investments, mini horses
Mortgages, student loans Liabilities Mortgages
$336,000 Net worth $765,000
Clerkês office salary, rental properties Income Law offices of James J. Altman, rental properties
She is single, lives in Bayonet Point and has two grown children. Personal He lives in New Port Richey with his wife, Bobbi, and they have two grown children.
www.paulaforpascoclerk.com Web site www.altmanforclerk.com
paula@paulaforpascoclerk.com E-mail bobaltmanlaw@sanctum.com
About the job: In 2007, the Pasco clerkês office processed 129,000 court cases, recorded 200,000 official documents and handled 2.9-million court documents. The clerk also acts as the county treasurer, auditor and chief financial officer. The job, which is elected countywide, is a four-year term and pays $137,144 a year.

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