Motivationalist Paul J. Meyer often said, "Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort."
These words could be used to describe the continuing productivity and success of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority. Despite challenges to the organization brought on by an unexpected health battle for our longtime executive director and a mixed bag of economic conditions, the Authority completed FY 2014 financially solid and operationally intact. The resilience of our results is a testament to the quality of our products and our continued focus on managing costs. Our productivity and success is no accident, but rather the result of the outstanding and prudent leadership of our Board of Directors, the effort, skill and dedication of our professional staff, and the willingness of 159 clerks of Superior Court to work together for the good of all clerks and the State of Georgia.
In 1993, Superior Court clerks were galvanized by a common goal and came together to fight for the creation of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority. As Greg G. Allen, Superior Court clerk of Forsyth County, says in the soon-to-be-published history of the GSCCCA, "To think that a group of seasoned clerks of this generation, in an elected position, whose duties were codified over two hundred years ago, not only understood the radical change the world was experiencing but were able to see the future and harness technology to the advantage of the citizens of Georgia is nothing short of amazing."
Through challenges and uphill battles, clerks and the Authority staff have worked together to create the amazing success story we know today ... or in the words of Authority Chairman Barry Wilkes, "a paradigm for how government can and ought to work." From the beginning, the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority has been an innovator within the public records arena, and in so doing, has led our state to the forefront of court technology. Using a mix of old-fashioned cooperation and state-of-the-art technology, the GSCCCA has made life easier for those who need access to real estate records, financing statements, civil and criminal case data, and other legal documents.
Today, the GSCCCA is a very different organization than the one that opened its doors in 1995. Since its establishment, the Authority has not only fulfilled its original purpose of establishing a statewide system for the indexing of UCC documents, but has successfully developed and implemented a variety of additional projects at the request of the Georgia General Assembly and other state agencies … and all this accomplished with zero state dollars.
Click here to read more in our 2013-2014 Accomplishments & Year-end Report.
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