Centre County commissioners OK expanding legal services for Prothonotary’s Office; records may be missing

The Centre County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to expand the services of a law firm representing the Prothonotary’s Office at a meeting on Thursday.

The State College-based law firm of Delafield, McGee and Jones was retained to represent Prothonotary Debra Immel in “issues relating to original records missing” from her office, according to the fee agreement. Fees for services were set at $95 per hour, plus any out of pocket expenses, with a cap set at $2,000, according to the fee agreement.

Commissioner Chris Exarchos said the firm was already under retainer by the Prothonotary’s Office, but the reason for the agreement and additional fees were because the request is “outside of the scope” of services the firm usually provides for the office.

Exarchos said he was unaware of the reason for the request for the expanded services beyond what the agreement stated. Immel will be out of the office until next week, according to her office. Attorneys at the law firm did not return calls for comment.