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Row Officers

Each of the county's nine row officers is elected at large in the county for a four-year term. As specified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law, row officers include the following: Clerk of Courts, Controller, Coroner, District Attorney, Prothonotary, Recorder of Deeds, Register of Wills, Sheriff and Treasurer. The title of row officer came about in the early years of the constitution when the departments were first listed in a row on the election ballot. Their services might be more familiar to residents than their actual office titles - Residents get passports, marriage licenses, and death certificates from these offices. Dog and hunting licenses are issued, as well as sportsman firearm registrations. Row officers prosecute cases, maintain the county's auditing responsibility, and enforce the law in court matters.

Each must be 18 years of age and a citizen, and all except the district attorney must be residents of the county for one year prior to the election. A row officer cannot be a member of the legislative body of any municipality, a school director, a member of the board of health, a member of Congress or a federal employee. DA candidates must be residents for two years and is further required to have been admitted to practice before the supreme court of Pennsylvania at least two years prior to election.

Some of the row officers run for election in the same year as the county commissioners; the others run two years later. In case of death or resignation of a row officer, the governor may make an interim appointment until a successor can be elected, The Court of Common Pleas Board of Judges makes an interim appointment to the office of district attorney.

The row officers receive office space and budget allocations from the commissioners' office, but primarily function independently.

Mary Smithson
Clerk of Courts

Michael Gallagher
Controller

Dr. Joseph Campbell
Coroner

Matthew D. Weintraub
District Attorney

Patricia Bachtle
Prothonotary

Joseph Szafran
Recorder of Deeds

Donald Petrille, Jr.
Register of Wills

Edward J. Donnelly
Sheriff

Thomas E. Panzer, Esq.
Treasurer