The Honorable Carolyn (Barton) Timmann was sworn into Office by the Honorable Martha Warner, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal, on January 8, 2013, as the Martin County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller. She was sworn in for her second term on January 8, 2017. Carolyn is the sixth Clerk to serve since Martin County was formed in 1925.
Carolyn started her career in the state court system working for a 19th Judicial Circuit Judge and as the Law Librarian in the old Martin County Courthouse - which is now the Court House Cultural Center. She then worked in a local law firm before serving as the legislative assistant to Rep. Tom Warner in the Florida House of Representatives, based in Stuart. Following that role, Carolyn and her family moved to Tallahassee where she worked in the Attorney General’s Office as Special Assistant to Florida's first two Solicitor Generals.
In 2006, Carolyn transferred to the Office of the Governor as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Crist, overseeing military and veterans’ affairs, gubernatorial councils and commissions, and statewide consumer and technology projects. In January 2011, Governor Scott appointed Carolyn as his Director of Open Government managing public records and projects to provide statewide electronic information. She resigned from that role in 2012 to return home to Martin County and seek the Office of Clerk & Comptroller.
Clerk Timmann attended the University of Georgia, Indian River State College and The Florida State University, earning B.A. and A.A. degrees, as well as Certificates in Public Administration, Legal Assistant Technology, and Records Management.
Clerk Timmann is the proud mother of two adult children who were born in Stuart (with late husband, Robert Timmann, a long-time law enforcement officer and instructor). Her daughter, Shannon Timmann, is an attorney in Washington, D.C.; son, Morgan Timmann, operates a small business in Stuart.
She serves on the Board of Directors for Helping People Succeed and is a member of the Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary, LEADERship Martin County, and the Halpatiokee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). She also assists other organizations including the Elliott Museum, Stuart Heritage Society, and the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Clerk Timmann has completed the 240 hour professional development certification program for Court Clerks, which was developed by the Florida Supreme Court in conjunction with the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers. She also serves as the Legislative Chair and is a member of the Budget Committee for the Court Clerks Operations Corporation, and serves on the Executive Committee and is the Chair of the Communications Committee for the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers.