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Okeechobee County and the City of Okeechobee have issued a county-wide burn ban effective immediately until further notice.  This burn ban prohibits burning of yard trash, and other types of fires such as campfires, bonfires, and burn barrels. For more information contact Okeechobee County Fire Rescue at 863-763-5544 or Okeechobee City Fire Department at 863-467-1586.

Constitutional Officers

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 Okeechobee County Clerk Sharon Robertson, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, established by the Constitution of 1838, is the public trustee for the County. The Clerk provides the checks and balances in county government by acting in their capacity as Clerk to the Board, Clerk to the Court, Keeper of the Public Records, Comptroller and Internal Auditor of county funds. 

Property Appraiser, Mickey Bandi - The Okeechobee County Property Appraiser is the Constitutional officer charged with making the annual determination of the just or fair market value of all property within the county for taxing purposes, and maintaining certain records connected therewith. These records include a comprehensive GIS (Geographic Information System).  This office accepts and reviews all applications, granting those that qualify for exemptions and classifications available to Florida property owners.

Sheriff, Noel Stephen - The Sheriff of Okeechobee County is the Constitutional officer  has his duties and regulations established through Florida Statutes, just as other constitutional officers.  At the present time, Noel Stephen is the Sheriff and Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Okeechobee County, and is the Chief Corrections Officer of the county jail.

Supervisor of Elections, Diane Hagan  - The supervisor of elections will administer all federal, state and county elections in Okeechobee County. As a gatekeeper of the democratic process, and an elected Constitutional Officer, the Supervisor of Elections will uphold the election laws of the State of Florida and the Constitution of the United States. The mission of the supervisor of elections is to enhance public confidence; encourage citizen participation; and increase voter awareness and education for citizens of all ages

Tax Collector, Celeste Watford - The Tax Collector serves as an agent for various state and local government agencies and taxing authorities for collection of revenue, and is also responsible for distributing this revenue to these agencies.  Although most of the revenue collected are taxes, the Tax Collector’s office isn’t funded with tax dollars but with fees collected for services provided. These fees are established by the Florida Legislature and outlined in the Florida Statutes. The amount of work done in the Tax Collector’s office creates fee revenues in excess of the Tax Collector’s budget. All excess fees are returned to the local government agencies at the end of each fiscal year

 

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