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Westmoreland prothonotary to seek 2nd term

| Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Westmoreland County Prothonotary Christina O'Brien said she wants just one more term to finish her work.

O'Brien, a Democrat, announced Tuesday she is seeking her second and final term in charge of the office that oversees civil and family court records.

“I believe in term limits and will only serve one more term,” O'Brien said. “A second term will allow me to complete an e-filing project that could potentially save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

O'Brien, 46, of Mt. Pleasant Township said she wants to implement a system that will allow lawyers to file court documents from remote locations in addition to mailing them or taking them to the courthouse.

The system, which is in the early planning stages, could save as much as $120,000 a year through staff reductions from attrition, according to O'Brien.

She said her job performance during the past three years warrants voters giving her another term in office.

O'Brien touted improvements in the office, such as a program to put naturalization records online, enhanced passport and photograph services and upgraded customer service.

Starting next month, her office will start accepting credit card payments, she said.

“I believed I served the taxpayers well by running an efficient office,” O'Brien said.

She previously served a four-year term as a jury commissioner.

The primary is May 21.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

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