494,593 is the number of people living in the Volusia County. This is one of the many counties in Florida bordering with Flagler County, Orange County, and Lake County Florida. Volusia County is named after the Volusia Community, which is a small community on the east bank of the St. Johns River, meaning Land Euchee. The main city is the Daytona Beach but the one with the highest population is the Deltona. One of the many attractions in this Florida County is the Daytona International Speedway and the Ocean Centre, both in Daytona Beach. Aside from that there is the Lake Monroe and the St. Johns River. Volusia County has been known to have a rich history mainly limited to the Timucua Indians. This race has been extinct for a long time due to war and disease brought onto them by the white people, the Europeans, the British mainly. The Daytona Beach International Speedway also hosts the world famous Daytona 500 car racing event. It is known to be more popular than most sports all over United States. It is a yearly event. It is here that the first Pioneers of the automotive industry would come out to test their cars and thus it became known as the Birthplace of Speed!
Volusia follows the municipal form of government but more specifically the Council-Manager form of government. The council-manager form is where the local governing institute combines the employed local government manager with the elected officials' political representative/leader in the form of a governing body. Policy setting powers are held by the elected governing body, which includes a political head and representatives of the institute. The benefits of this particular form of government are that the power is shared between the entire elected body and the manager tends to the small issues arising every day while the elected officials work on policy and laws.
Part of the Volusia County is the presence of courts which have a single, elected state official, called the Clerk of Courts. Before discussing any further it must be noted the actual job of the Clerk of the courts and that is the maintaining and keeping the custody of all public office records, dockets and as such. The Official Records are documents such as; deeds, mortgages, court orders, marriage licenses and affidavits of domicile. Almost all courts have an elected Clerk of the Court and the Volusia Country Clerk of Court is Diane M. Matousek. She was the first female Volusia County Clerk of Courts. She previously had a working experience in the Office of the Clerk in the circuit court and then later in 1992 decided to apply for the elected position of the Volusia County Clerk of the courts. Her amazing work enabled her to be re-elected at the same position in 1996 and every single time since then and she is still in the office serving her fifth year.
The Volusia County Clerk of the Courts has the following responsibilities; maintaining records, controlling the flow of records, attend court sessions, oversee jury management, administer oaths, and process records and applications.
In 1838 it was the first time when a clerk of the council was elected. The job of the clerk was written down in the Constitution and Florida Statutes. This particular job was not specific for a single court but the responsibility was given for the County and Circuit courts both.
In the last 16 years, the Volusia County Clerk of the courts' office went through a number of changes. This is mainly due to the advancements in technology more specifically the area of Computer and software engineering. The advancement in this is allowed only by the modernization of the equipment used in the offices. Computerization of records has enabled the fast accessing of data and capacity to store large amounts of data in the form of databases. Custom made software has made the job of the Volusia County Clerk of the courts' office members much easier. Internet has made access of the data public and the also allows members of the county to access the particular data and public records through their internet website. Over the past few years, the members or employees of the office have been given benefits to motivate them and attract more people to partake in the jobs.