Clifford L. Adams attended Duke University and the University of Florida for undergraduate studies in history. In 1978 Mr. Adams received a J.D. from UF Law School and was admitted to the Florida Bar that same year. For the most of Mr. Adams career, he specialized in civil trail work and became Board Certified in 1995. He was a shareholder in the Rumberger, Kirk and Caldwell Law Firm until 1998 when he moved back home to Hamilton County. For the last 5 years he had the honor of working closely with our longtime County Attorney, Mr. John H. McCormick. Mr. Adams was appointed County Attorney in March 2017.
The County Attorney provides legal services and support to the Board of County Commissioners and, at the Board's direction, to all County Departments, such as the County Coordinator, County Road Department, Building Official, and Land Use Administrator. Boards under the Board of County Commissioners are also served, such as, the Construction Industry Licensing Board, Planning and Zoning Board and Tourist Development Council. Constitutional Officers are provided legal assistance upon request.
The County Attorney prepares and reviews legal documents, Ordinances and Resolutions, responds to litigation by or against the County, provides legal opinions and memoranda requested by the Board and County Departments. The County Attorney provides supporting documentation and a legal opinion in connection with the annual County financial and compliance audit. Upon request, the County Attorney often attends meetings with County staff members.
The Board of County Commissioners, along with the County Attorney, and other staff members, take an active part in being alert and responsive to proposed repeal, additions, or amendments to laws and administrative rules which will affect Hamilton County government, and make appropriate response to the United States Congress, the Florida Legislature or administrative boards and departments of State and Federal governments.
Phone: (386) 638-0002