“My priority is to be accessible,’’ Fernández said in his comments after taking the oath. “To be accessible to the bench, the bar, the public and my deputy clerks. I want to know what I can do better. I want to know what the office can do better. I also want to know what we are doing great. There are a lot of things we do very well.”
Father John McCormick of St. James Cathedral offered the invocation; Orange County Bar Association President Paul Scheck led the Pledge of Allegiance; and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs welcomed Fernández into his new role.
Fernández, who Judge Perry noted is the first Hispanic Clerk in Orange County, was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott, who cited "Eddie's reputation as a problem solver and respected member of the Orlando community.’’
He fills the position long-held by Clerk of Courts Lydia Gardner, who passed away in 2013. Fernández paid tribute to Gardner during his comments, praising her energy, innovations at the Clerk’s Office, and her contributions to the community, particularly in the area of domestic violence awareness.
Prior to being appointed by Gov. Scott as Clerk, Fernández practiced law with Shutts & Bowen, LLP.
After earning a degree in Economics, summa cum laude, from Rollins College and an M.B.A., with honors, from the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business, he received his law degree from the University of Florida.