Clerk Treasurer

The Clerk Treasurer serves as the primary adviser to the Board of Commissioners for the Fire District on all matters concerning finance, payroll, budgeting, debt, taxation and records management. In fulfilling these responsibilities the Clerk-Treasurer directly oversees the Finance, Ambulance Billing and Records Management departments.

Karen Russell joined the St. Lucie County Fire District as the Clerk-Treasurer in March of 2014. She is one of three positions appointed by the Fire District Board. The other positions are the Fire Chief and the Fire District Attorney.

Prior to joining the District, Karen had been with the St. Lucie County Clerk of the Court. She worked there for 12 years and was a Senior Accountant and Grants & Contract Supervisor. She has worked in government service since 1991.

She has a Master’s Degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, both from NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is a Certified Government Finance Manager, a Certified Florida Government Finance Officer, an Enrolled Agent authorized to practice before the IRS, a Florida Certified Labor Relations Professional, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Appellate, Circuit-Civil, and County Mediator, and is working on her CPA and other accounting certifications

Karen is a native Floridian, from Okeechobee, and moved to St. Lucie County in 2002. She is a member of the FICPA, AICPA, GFOA, FGFOA, TCFGFOA, IIA, AGA and other accounting organizations. She currently serves on the FICPA State and Local Government committee and has been actively involved for 4 years. This committee plans and presents the State & Local Government Accounting Conference, enhances knowledge and promotes excellence among members interested in state and local government accounting, auditing and other related issues. The committee also reviews and responds to emerging issues affecting state and local government financial reporting issues including preparing responses to the Governmental Accounting Standards Boards on new statements. 

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