The Prothonotary is the clerk of the court of common pleas and keeps records of all civil procedures before the courts, signs all writs and processes (such as suits) and files copies of all records and processes. The duties and responsibilities of the prothonotary and other court-related offices are set forth throughout the County Code and other state laws.
The Prothonotary is the Commonwealth’s agent for the collection of the tax on original writs and other records received and is responsible for records including the minute book for the court of common pleas, trial and argument list, and similar records.
A service which requires considerable time is the processing of naturalization papers. The office obtains information and makes records and arrangements for naturalization court. Applications for passports can also be obtained at the office of the prothonotary. Recording divorce proceedings is also a duty of the office of the Prothonotary.
An important duty of the office is receiving petitions in connection with roads and rights of way, recording the action of members of boards of view, and eminent domain proceedings.
Clerk of Courts
The office of the Clerk of Courts is reputed to be one of the oldest in the state. This officer is the chief clerk and record keeper for the criminal courts. The clerk keeps all papers filed under criminal and civil procedures of the courts and is responsible for maintaining the minute book and the records of all similar procedures of the courts.
The Northwest Commission Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) dedicates this 2050 Long-Range Transportation Plan to Dan Glotz, TAC Chairman. Dan retired from the TAC in November 2023 after serving as its chairman for 23 years.
The commission expresses its gratitude for Dan’s dedicated service and leadership to the region. He guided the Northwest Rural Planning Organization (RPO) through many transportation initiatives over the years, from the initial implementation of TEA-21 and improvements to transportation security in the aftermath of 9/11, to the modern-day provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Dan’s role as Director of Planning and Zoning for Warren County was foundational to his expertise and commitment to improving transportation in our region. He has been an ardent advocate for healthy lifestyles and walking and bicycling, and improving regional mobility and connections to the national Interstate system. His steady leadership and influence has inspired a new generation of leaders on the TAC, as Zach Norwood of Crawford County will be carrying on the mantle beginning in 2024.
While we will miss Dan’s leadership as TAC chairman, we are confident he will continue to be an advocate for improving the region’s transportation system through his new role as Warren County Commissioner.
Thank you, Dan, for your many years of faithful service to the Northwest RPO.
Jill Foys, Executive Director
Northwest PA Regional Planning & Development Commission
Warren County Begins Reassessment
In a unanimous decision in January, the Warren County Commissioners approved a contract with Vision Government Solutions to conduct a full reassessment of all properties within Warren County. The comprehensive project will begin in spring 2023, with properties being valued as of January 1, 2025, and the new values becoming effective to levy real property taxes starting in 2026. Read the news article: https://warrencountypa.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=41