Friends for Debbie Bookman
New Leadership for a Brighter Future

About the Candidate

The office of the Prothonotary handles civil court cases that are filed in the Court of Common Plea and utilized by attorneys and the general public. Services handled by this office include divorces, name changes, civil and family court records, passport processing, judgements and liens. This office also processes Protection from Abuse Orders and the swearing in of all the new citizens in Chester County and other officers of the court. I pride myself on providing excellent community and customer services. I believe that when you are serving others it is often necessary to go the extra mile whenever possible.  Customer service ultimately is the core of the Prothonotary’ s Office.

Experience:

I am currently employed by ECRI Institute in Plymouth Meeting, PA as a Project Administrative Coordinator. In this role, I utilize extensive problem solving techniques for the Patient Safety Risk and Quality department. My charge is to advance the goals and objectives of the Aging Services team by responding with quality support for both internal and external C-level stakeholders. I provide Risk and Quality education training directly related to Long Term Care.

I began serving my community in 1999 during my employment in NY Assemblyman Roger Green’s office. Since moving to Coatesville, my community involvement has included:

Member of many parent- driven committees in the Coatesville Area School District

Member of Coatesville’s Parks and Recreation Commission where I assist in providing many successful events for our community,

As Vice-President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Community Youth and Women Alliance, I am able to work with families and women dealing with homelessness and drug addiction,

Council representative on Western Chester County Council of Governments

Coatesville City Council Swearing In

As a Coatesville City Councilmember At Large, I work with the City’s administration in providing support with implementing effective internal processes for day-to-day operations. I also assist the finance department with balancing a 10 million- dollar budget by identifying areas of savings, and as a result we were able to adopt a budget with no tax increase.

 

Why I am Running:

I have been asked why I decided to run for this particular position. I have had personal experiences with many of the issues that the Prothonotary office provides services for, so I know that I will be able to empathize with those who come in seeking assistance. I believe that anyone who makes the decision to become a public servant should have certain qualities: integrity, dedication, and respect. I pride myself on maintaining all three of these much needed qualities. If I am elected to this office I will work diligently to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and efficiently. I will ensure that the office of the Prothonotary is compliant with all guidelines, and continue advancing the office by working towards implementing a computer- generated process to obtain and file documents as well as the ability to electronically receive payments. I would see that all staff members receive proper training and are cross-trained to be prepared for staff transitions.

 

My experience in risk and quality can be utilized in this office by looking for areas of improvement and implementing proactive measures as opposed to reactive procedures. Paying attention to maintenance efficiency optimizes the level of reliability and availability of an organization’s assets. I believe my dedication, teamwork orientation and interpersonal skills would make me an asset in this position. The issues that I feel are most important in this office is continued monitoring of user-friendly effectiveness and stream-lining processes for the day-to-day operations within the office. It is a priority to make access to services in this office a comfortable and seamless experience for everyone. It is an equal priority to not reinvent the wheel in areas that are successfully working within the office and to improve areas with deficiencies.

 

Throughout my life I worked very hard to turn personal hardships into positive outcomes which made me the person that I am today.  I am running because given the climate in our Country today I believe that it is more important than ever for us to continue the movement that we as a party have begun. Everyone needs to realize that they have a role to play.  As a domestic violence survivor I want to be an inspiration for people everywhere who never thought they would survive and become independent and strong. I run to let them know that what seems unattainable is attainable.

Personal:

In 2005 I moved to Chester County with my two daughters. In 2014 I married my husband James Bookman who is a lifelong resident of Coatesville, PA. In my spare time I like to read and sing. I am also an avid sports fan, and I enjoy spending quality time with my family.