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January 17th, 2023
Centre County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Jeremy Breon will seek election this year for a second consecutive term, he said in a press release on Tuesday.
Breon, a Democrat, has served as prothonotary since January 2020 and succeeded Debra Immel, who retired after five terms in office. In a statement, he said he’s running for reelection to continue serving Centre County while supporting those with legal needs.
“I sat with victims of crime, I stood behind those who were most vulnerable in our communities and I stood up for those who are most marginalized,” Breon said. “I am working to create an office with the most cutting-edge technology to best serve the public and to meet our legal obligations now and in the future. We have had growing pains over the past few years, but we pulled together as a team to make our office better.”
A lifelong Centre County resident, Breon currently resides on his family farm in Haines Township. His work in the Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Office dates back to 2011.
Breon’s said that complications spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic led him to partner with the county’s courts to develop and implement an email filing order that increased filing access to the courts, helping individuals meet filing deadlines despite court restrictions or closures.
He also oversaw the transfer of county court records to the Statewide Common Please Case Management System, a move he said helps Centre County comply with legislation while preserving records for the future. More recently, Breon began exploring and planning an overhaul of Centre County’s civil case management system to improve access to records and increase efficiency. Other advancements he cited include a new evidence storage room in his office that, once completed this year, will improve the storage of trial exhibits and assure appropriate preservation for future examination.
While acting as the top civil clerk of Centre County’s courts, Breon also serves on the Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Association Manual committee to develop both civil and criminal procedures throughout Pennsylvania.
October 22nd, 2019
There are good reasons why those of us in the Centre County legal field pretty much unanimously back Jeremy Breon for Centre County prothonotary. First of all, we must assure that a qualified person continues to run the Centre Prothonotary’s Office, because an improperly managed prothonotary’s office would paralyze the entire county court system. With eight years of experience in the same office he seeks to lead, Jeremy has gained enough knowledge and experience to step right into the job. He has demonstrated a high degree of competence while also exhibiting patience with members of the general public who are intimidated and overwhelmed by the court system. By contrast, his opponent is a recent law school graduate who has never worked in a prothonotary’s office before, and would have to undergo extensive training if elected.
This is one of those situations where direct experience is more valuable than education, especially considering the fact that you do not learn how to run a prothonotary’s office in law school. I have been a lawyer since 1997 and would not know how to run a prothonotary’s office unless I underwent training. The only way to learn this type of job is through years of working in the office.
If you vote for Jeremy, you will be doing a favor for everyone who works in the court system, and if you ever need to use the courthouse yourself, you will not regret your decision.