Born and raised in Hernando County, Doug graduated from Hernando High School in 1995 with High Honors, where he was a member of the BETA Club and the National Honor Society. After high school, he went on to attend the University of South Florida where he attained a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems in 1999. He was the first Certified Government Chief Information Officer in Hernando County, completing a two-year program through the Florida Institute of Government in 2011. He also was one of the first three Certified Public Managers in Hernando County, completing that program through the Florida Center for Public Management in 2017.
Prior to the voters overwhelmingly selecting Doug to represent the citizens of Hernando County as Clerk of Circuit Court and Comptroller in November 2018, Doug was brought into the Clerk’s Office by Clerk Karen Nicolai in April 2000. He started in the service desk area of the Information Technology Department. Within six years, he was managing the Information Technology Department for the Clerk’s Office and in 2009 he began managing both the Clerk and County technology departments. He did this successfully for four years and returned to the Clerk’s Office full-time when Clerk Don Barbee, Jr., took office in 2013. For a period of two years, Doug also served as the Records Management Liaison Officer to the State of Florida for the Clerk and the County. Doug has been instrumental in the evolution and success of the Clerk’s Office over the past two decades.
Doug married his wife, Malinda, in April of 2007. They have two children, Makenna, and Conner, of whom they are very proud. Doug enjoys spending time with his family and friends, supporting the community, helping anyone he can, and participating in sports. He enjoys working with others and solving issues whenever the opportunity arises.
Doug in the community:
- Member of Kiwanis Club of the Brooksville Ridge
- Member of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church
- Leadership Hernando Class of 2008
- Implemented Board of County Commissioners meetings online
- Implemented Official Records online
- Implemented Court Records online
- Implemented eFiling (electronic filing) in Courts and for Official Records
- Migrated four case management systems into one, consolidated case management system