FINAL UNTIL TIME EXPIRES TO FILE MOTION FOR REHEARING AND
DISPOSITION THEREOF IF FILED
from the Circuit Court for Orange County, Keith F. White,
Jeffrey J. Newton, County Attorney, and William C. Turner,
Assistant County Attorney, Orange County Attorney's
Office, Orlando, for Appellant/Cross-Appellee, Orange County,
H. Pelzer, of Greenspoon Marder, P.A., Fort Lauderdale, and
Michael Marder, of Greenspoon Marder, P.A., Orlando, for
Appellee/Cross-Appellant Rick Singh, Individually, and as
Orange County Property Appraiser.
Rollini and Mark Herron, of Messer Caparello, P.A.,
Tallahassee, for Appellee/Cross-Appellant, Scott Randolph,
Orange County Tax Collector, and Scott Randolph, Orlando, pro
D. Dunlap, Assistant General Counsel, Orange County
Sheriff's Office, Legal Services Section, Orlando, for
Appellee/Cross-Appellant, Jerry Demings, Sheriff of Orange
Nicholas A. Shannin, of Shannin Law Firm, P.A., Orlando, for
Appellee Bill Cowles, Orange County Supervisor of Elections.
Appearance for Appellee Orange County Canvassing Board.
H. Margolis, Orlando, Amicus Curiae, for the Orange County
Clerk of Circuit Court.
Vail, of Jolly, Peterson & Truckenbrod P.A., Tallahassee,
Amicus Curiae, for the Florida Sheriffs Association.
County appeals a final judgment striking a portion of a
county charter amendment that provided for the nonpartisan
election of certain county constitutional officers. We
affirm. The trial court properly determined that the
amendment provision was contrary to state law.
August 19, 2014, the Orange County Board of Commissioners
enacted an ordinance proposing an amendment to the Orange
County Charter to provide for term limits and nonpartisan
elections for six county constitutional officers-clerk of the
circuit court, comptroller, property appraiser, sheriff,
supervisor of elections, and tax collector. The ordinance
provided for the following ballot question to be presented
for further approval:
CHARTER AMENDMENT PROVIDING FOR TERM LIMITS AND NON-PARTISAN
ELECTIONS FOR COUNTY ...