Howard C. Forman, first elected clerk of courts in Broward County in 2000, faces only token opposition from a write-in challenger. He deserves another term to continue the task of updating and modernizing this vital office.
With some 800 employees under his supervision, Mr. Forman is one of the principal administrators in the county. It’s the job of his office to keep track of judicial records and proceedings, to ensure the timely operation of justice.
The job hasn’t been made easier by repeated cuts by the Legislature. This year, Mr. Forman’s budget was pared by 7 percent. He still managed to initiate an electronic case-filing system in July and says he will meet the state deadline of October 2013 for implementing a full electronic system.
Mr. Forman, 66, has held a variety of posts in Broward County for nearly 40 years, going back to Hallandale city commissioner in 1973. It may be time to start thinking about stepping down someday — but certainly not now.
For Broward County Clerk The Herald recommends HOWARD C. FORMAN.