Job description: The register of wills is responsible for probating wills and granting letter of administration in cases where persons die without leaving a will. The register has jurisdiction over and maintains records of wills, inventory of estates and other miscellaneous documents. The register is the commonwealth’s agent for the collection of the state inheritance tax. The clerk of Orphans’ Court is responsible for performing the administrative record-keeping duties of that court. The clerk of Orphans’ Court issues marriage licenses, keeps required marriage record and processes and maintains all guardianship papers for minors and incapacitated persons. All papers pertaining to adoptions are filed in this office.
Term: Four years
Salary: $59,372 (effective 2008)
E-mail address: mlisko@ aol.com
Birth date: Aug. 2, 1949
Education: 1971, Ohio State University, B.S.; 1976, Capital University Law School, J.D.
Occupation: business manager, Lisko & Associates
Qualifications: BankOne of Ohio, trust officer, nine years; Mellon Bank, assistant vice president, nine years; Foxdale Village, head of corporate board, current
Answer to question: To make sure the residents of Centre County receive the best service possible, keeping in mind we are dealing with people at a time of grief. I shall use my law school education and real-world business experience to manage the office efficiently to meet not only the current needs but to look into the future and see what we need to do today to provide the best service in the years to come.
Charles R. Gable
Address: State College
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site: www.Charles RGable.us
Birth date: Nov. 5, 1969
Education: 1993, Penn State, B.S., meteorology; minor in communication
Occupation: Penn State, environmental services
Qualifications: Planning Commission (vice chairman), State College Borough (January 2006-present); State College Area Chairman of the Centre County Republican Committee (2004-present); small-business owner; event manager, Penn State
Answer to question: Your register of wills should be a good manager, a good communicator and have the ability to connect with people. My priorities for the office are to raise awareness of the services provided, make the services more accessible and develop social networks to keep communities connected with one another. My experience on the Planning Commission, as a forecast and broadcast meteorologist, a youth counselor and a small-business owner developed my abilities for this office.
E-mail address: elect kim@aol. com
Web site: www.electkimbarton.com
Birth date: Nov. 24, 1960
Education: 1978, Bellefonte Area High School
Occupation: acting register of wills and clerk of Orphans’ Court
Qualifications: 29 years of experience in the Register of Wills Office: marriage license clerk, seven years, second deputy register of wills, 11⁄2 years, first deputy register of wills, 19 years, acting register of wills, 11⁄2 years
Answer to question: To continue to build on my experience and the efficiency that the office now provides. To provide courteous, people-friendly service to the public.To work in conjunction with the Department of Revenue to transfer data and inheritance tax funds online, to save the county time and money. To work on providing the public with online access to older records that are not currently available online.
Address: Pleasant Gap
E-mail address: team steiner@ comcast.net
Web site: www.teamsteiner.org
Birthdate: Feb. 12, 1966
Education: Milton Hershey, diploma, 1984; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.A., sociology, 1989; Penn State, M. Ed., 2001; William Glasser Institute, Quality Management Certification, 1996
Occupation: director, Bellefonte Family Resource Center
Qualifications: 10 years as a contracted county employee for Family Intervention Crisis Services, president board of directors Bellefonte YMCA, vice chairman Centre County Communities that Care, secretary Bellefonte Kiwanis
Answer to question: u Quality management: learning what I don’t already know about the office.u Respecting the knowledge and experience of current office staff.u Asking staff what is working, what is not working, what can be done better.u Interfacing and visiting with registers in other counties.u Deciding what is necessary to improve the functioning and effectiveness of the office.u Working with current office staff to implement changes to improve the functioning and effectiveness of the office.