Berks County Prothonotary
The Prothonotary is the chief clerk of the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas. The prothonotary is responsible for keeping all records pertaining to civil cases and maintaining court dockets.The prothonotary records all judgements and awards made by the Curt and when they are paid. Divorce records, municipal tax records, merchandise liens, and jury records are also the prothonotary’s responsibility. This office processes applications for passports.Salary: $83,970; Term: 4 yearsYour ballot may contain more races than you see here
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Jonathan K Del Collo
What motivates you to run for the office of County Prothonotary?
Please explain your qualifications for this position.
How will you assure your office reflects the community?
Antietam High School Class of 1991
BA, Political Science - American University, Washington, DC - 1995
I have worked in the Prothonotary's Office since being hired as Chief Deputy Prothonotary in April, 2006. In October, 2016, I became Acting Prothonotary before being elected in 2017 as Prothonotary. I am currently in my 16th year in the Prothonotary's Office, my 23rd overall with the County of Berks.
I am motivated to run for the office of County Prothonotary by the results my team and I have achieved since I took office in 2018. We have revamped workflow, cross trained staff and have eliminated unneeded positions by attrition which has greatly increased efficiencies that, by the end of 2021, will have saved Berks taxpayers over $750,000. I am also motivated by the success we have had in being able to serve our customers 24/7. Our new mobile app enables our customers to send us messages, request copies, access our e-filing system, make appointments and obtain information anytime day or night. I am also motivated by the results we have had in digitizing over 600,00 pages of our historical records - some of which are over 250 years old! These important historical records are now digitized and preserved forever. Lastly, I am motivated every day by our wonderful and highly trained staff who are dedicated to making a difference in our customers' lives!
This is my 23rd year working in Berks County government and my 16th working in the Prothonotary's Office. I joined the staff in April, 2006 as Chief Deputy Prothonotary and worked closely with former Prothonotary Marianne R. Sutton on the development of a new e-filing and case management system. Following the successful implementation of these systems, I was very involved in the development of our Juidical Portal (J-Portal) module, which transmits documents, orders and other filing paperwork directly to our judges and their staffs and then back to us. Upon being elected Prothonotary in 2017, my team and I made significant improvements to all of these very intricate systems to make them even more customer friendly to our users. Additional office efficiencies and results mentioned in my answer to the first question I believe are additional qualifications for continuing in the position of Prothonotary.
I am proud of the diversity we have in our staff. This dedicated and diverse group includes three (3) bi-lingual staff members who communicate with our Spanish-speaking customers. For customers who may have a speech or hearing impediment, we have a service available and ready should it be needed. One of my best friends is wheelchair-bound, so I am very cognizant of the need to make local government offices as handicapped accessible as possible over and above current ADA guidelines. Renovations to our office, which were halted in March, 2020 when the pandemic struck, will soon be underway again. Among the improvements that will be completed will be a much easier and more efficient way of navigating and working in our office for any future staff or customers who are wheelchair-bound or who may have other mobility handicaps.
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