One week following Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler kicked off his re-election campaign, Pat Bachtle announced she will seek re-election as the Bucks County Prothonotary on the Republican ticket.
According to the Bucks County website, the office of the prothonotary is the clerk of the civil division of the court of common pleas. This elected row officer has responsibility for all official documents and records of the civil and family divisions. The office records legal documents such as appeals, complaints, liens and subpoenas.
A press release from Bachtle lists the following accomplishments:
- Implementing electronic imaging, which makes it easier and faster for court personnel to access documents;
- Creating an innovative case management system, which moved documents, financials, and the electronic data into one, user-friendly database;
- Establishing a pay-per-page service, which made documents much more accessible to the public for a nominal fee 24-hours a day.
“Because we’ve put new technologies in place and because my employees are extremely effective, I’ve been able to reduce the size of the staff in the Prothonotary’s office,” Bachtle said. “We’re doing more and spending less - to protect taxpayers and reduce the size of county government.”
Bachtle said there is more to be done in the next four years.
“Over the next four years we will finalize the e-filing system, fully transition our office to the new justice center, and continue to leverage new technologies in a cost-effective way to save money for all taxpayers,” Bachtle said.
Bachtle is seeking the endorsement of the Bucks County Republican Party and has already been endorsed by area Republicans, including Lt. Governor Jim Cawley, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick, Senators Tommy Tomlinson and Chuck McIlhinney, District Attorney Dave Heckler, former Congressman Jim Greenwood, and decorated veteran Dave Christian.