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Washington County Prothonotary

Job description: The Prothonotary is clerk of the civil division of the Common Pleas Court. The office establishes dockets and maintains the records of civil cases, including equity suits, non-profit corporations, financing statements, municipal and mechanics liens, habeas corpus proceedings, divorce actions, fictitious name registrations, etc. The Prothonotary is the notary public registry for the county. TERM 4 YEARS. SALARY $87,815.95. VOTE FOR ONE.

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    LAURA HOUGH
    (Rep)

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    JOY SCHURY RANKO
    (Dem)

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Municipality West Pike Run Township
Date of Birth 10/05/1959
Education *Louisiana State University *Pennsylvania Municipal Government Academy-PSATS
Qualifications *Twice elected Township Supervisor *Chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors WPRT *Emergency Management Coordinator *Human Resources *Budget and Fiscal Planning *Website Coordinator *Managed Marcellus Gas Well Development in WPRT *Chairwoman - New 20 year Comprehensive Plan *Zoning Planner for future land use *Waterline Development Chairwoman *Member of Pennsylvania Municipal Government Academy-PSATS *Outreach Coordinator PA House of Representatives *Permitting and DEP Reporting Marcellus Gas Well Development *Proficient in all Microsoft Office Programs *Proficient in Apple IOS Applications
For more information I will be a full time Prothonotary working for the people of Washington County.
Party of Registration Republican
-Establish protocol and accountability for regulations and procedures -Provide simpler access for citizens and businesses to receive high-quality service from the Prothonotary's Office, while reducing the cost of delivering those services where permissible -Deliver on the promise to obtain Passports for citizens complying with the Real ID Program
Once elected, an audit will be completed on all aspects of the Prothonotary's Office that will establish what is needed for the annual budget.
Municipality North Strabane
Date of Birth 02/08/1960
E-mail jlmranko@yahoo.com
Education Graduate of Canon-McMillan High School
Occupation Washington County Prothonotary
Qualifications Current Prothonotary. 17 years of total experience in the Prothonotary Office. I started as a clerk, was promoted to Assistant Deputy after 3 years and have served as your Prothonotary for almost 4 years. I am well-versed in every role within this office.
For more information email jlmranko@yahoo.com. Facebook page Joy Schury Ranko Prothonotary. View the Washington County Democrat Committee page. Campaign donations: Friends of Joy
Party of Registration Democrat
1. In my first term a complete update of the current computer system was implemented. I plan to continue working closely with the IT Department with the system to ensure the implementation of E-Filing, making it an option for filing purposes. This will help cut down on the storage of paper files and also help with the space issue the county has been facing. 2. To continue the courteous service to the public, courthouse personnel and attorneys who use this office on a daily basis. 3. Currently, the public has the opportunity to research and view the dockets (summary of the court filing) online. With the help of the IT department, I am working to offer the scanned documents for viewing. The Electronic Retrieval System offers the availability of records dating back to the 1700's to the current date. This is part of the update completed this year as a result of the scanning of 973 old docket books at no expense to the taxpayer preserving this information for generations to come.
The Prothonotary's Office is the busiest filing office in the courthouse. My experience will ensure the continued efficient running of this office. The amount of revenue brought into the county by this office has increased each of the last three years. Each budget for the county elected offices are prepared by that official. I have always worked within the approved budget amount, ensuring that all taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.