Joe Abruzzo’s Chicago roots led the way to Palm Beach County

You may know Joseph “Joe” Abruzzo as the current Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller of Palm Beach County, who served in the Florida Legislature for a decade. The lesser-known story about Abruzzo is how his Chicago roots prepared him to be a leader and public servant in Palm Beach County.

When Joe Abruzzo shares memories of his childhood growing up in Chicago, you feel transported back to when close-knit families and communities were the norm.

Abruzzo grew up in a traditional Italian family surrounded by grandparents and great-grandparents. The talk around the dinner table with his great grandfather, Jerome Cataldo, President of the Barbers and Beauticians Union and a Special Representative to the United Food and Commercials Workers, was never short on stories and lessons about politics. While most young people only do their learning in school, Abruzzo received a second education at the dinner table.


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