Thursday, October 23, 2014
Three Civil Division Deputy Row Officers To Retire
In Northampton County's Civil Division, the Prothonotary is assisted by four Deputies, who oversee the workload. Three of them are retiring, which will leave that busy office with eight vacancies. Director of Administration Luis Campos never bothered telling Council last night about these retirements, likely because he never bothered to check. He instead claimed they will be creating all kinds of efficiencies next year with new software. Since they apparently are not discussing this with the people who actually use it, this has all the earmarks of a disaster in progress.
The people who know how that office runs, and who have decades of institutional knowledge, are leaving. This means that the services this office delivers to the public are going to suffer even more. In the meantime, those who are left are actually running to the counters to keep up with filings and passports. This is unfair to them and is making their low-paying jobs more stressful.