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HistoricalMarker-EachNovembertheClerksx19OfceparticipatesintheCourtx19sx1cNationalAdoptionDayEvent.x1dThispastyearx19seventturnedouttobehistoricasarecordnumbero310childrenwereadoptedonNovember20.TheeventwhichisheldattheDurangoJuvenileCourtincluded12calendars46judgesandcommissionerspresiding12courtroomclerkscoveringhearingsandtwoOfcestaissuingcertifedcopiesofnalordersoadoptionortheadoption.MaricopaCountycurrentlyranksNo.1inthenationoradoptionsonNationalAdoptionDay.2010-2011ANNUALREPORT17MAKINGHISTORYHAPPENTODAYTEAMWORKMANAGINGTHEBUDGETHISTORYTheClerkx19sOfcehasbeenabletocontinuetoreturnsavingstoMaricopaCountyoverthepastseveralyearsbothbyusingalternaterevenuesourcesandcapitalizingonefcienciestoreducecostsandmaintainpositionvacancieswhilethecountyx19sfnancialoutlookimproves.TODAYOverthecourseothefscalyeartheOfceassistedtobalancethecountyx19sbudgetbyrestrainingspendingintheGeneralFundx13endingtheyear629883belowtheOfcex19s30.2millionGeneralFundbudget.MONITORINGTHELEGISLATIONHISTORYEachyeartheClerkx19sOfcemonitorslegislationbeingdiscussedduringtheArizonalegislativesessiontobeawareoanybillsthatmayimpacttheOfceanditsservices.TODAYInthe2011ArizonalegislativesessiontheClerkswerebusyworkingwiththelegislatureandcourtuserstopromotetheuseoelectronicprocessesthatareavailabletotheClerksCourtsProbationDepartmentsandLawEnorcement.ManybillsweresignedintolawthatmodiyhowtheClerksprocessfnancialmatterssuchassurchargescriminalrestitutionbondsfnesandassessments.InputromtheSuperiorCourtClerksremainsavitalpartodratingstatewidelegislationasthestakeholdersneedinsightintotheday-to-dayoperationsoruralandmetropolitancourtstoensureproposedlegislationisworkableandlikelytoproducetheintendedresults.MAKINGTHEIMPROVEMENTSHISTORYInaneorttocontinuallyimproveservicetheOfceinitiatedaprogramin2010calledx1cLeanSixSigmax1danestablishedphilosophyandmethodologythathashelpedtransormoperationsorgovernmentandtheprivatesectoracrossthenationoryears.UponitsimplementationtheOfceinvitedinterestedemployeestoapplytobeapartothisnewqualityeort.TODAYSevenemployeeswereselectedtobeapartotheOfcex19spilotteam.Thesestamemberscompletedaspecialeight-weektrainingprogramoeredthroughVillanovaUniversity.Theirnextstepistobeginidentiyingpotentialimprovementopportunities.TEAM-BUILDINGEFFORTSNewswithintheOfceMASTERINGTHEWORKHISTORYIn2006theOfcex19sTrainingDivisionbeganoeringax1cProessionalCertifcationSeriesx1doremployeesthatprovidesspecializedtraininginthreeareastrainingproessionaldevelopmentandleadership.TheTrainingDivisionalsooersclassesthroughouttheyeartohelpstaurthertheirknowledgeandskillsothecourtcountygovernmentandworkenvironmentissues.Courtemployeesarerequiredtotakeeighthoursothiscontinuingeducationeachyear.TODAYThisyear17ClerkemployeesgraduatedromtheProessionalCertifcationProgramandtheTrainingstaoered596coursessessionstoemployeesortheircontinuingeducationrequirement.