Published: Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:57 p.m.
Bryan Kline has set the performance standard for Westmoreland County row officers. Since taking office four years ago, he has turned the clerk of courts' office into a hardworking entity, handling the administrative functions for the county's criminal court system.
He promptly created administrative cost hearing procedures that generate a half-million dollars annually for the county treasury and crime victims, and obtained case fees — saving taxpayers those expenses. Kline instituted online payments of costs, fees, fines and restitution, collecting over a million dollars that otherwise might not have been collected. County prisoners now pay 20 percent of their inmate accounts toward restitution — another program Kline started.
Degrees in criminal justice, law and public policy make Kline well-educated for his position. Professionally, he chairs the county committees on records improvement and collection enforcement and is a member of the Restitution in Pennsylvania Task Force.
We are fortunate to have a principled, highly qualified and accomplished clerk of courts. In one term, he's made the office extremely productive while protecting victims' rights and saving taxpayers very large sums. On May 21, our choice is clear: Re-elect Bryan Kline as our clerk of courts.
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