The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 18, 2013

Register to run for fourth term

By The Daily Item
The Daily Item

SUNBURY —  Northumberland County Register and Recorder Mary L. Zimmerman has announced that she will seek her fourth term in the 2013 primary election.

Zimmerman, a Republican, started working in the office as an inheritance tax clerk in 1983 for the late Frederick “Fritz” Reed. Zimmerman has served as register of wills, recorder of deeds, and clerk of orphans court since 2000 when Reed retired.

Since assuming that role, Zimmerman has computerized all three offices, scanning thousands of documents and indexing them electronically. “I started computerization to save as many of the older documents as possible. Paper documents — most originals — are currently stored in the basement of the courthouse. Any damage to the basement of the building will destroy a lot of the history of Northumberland County,” she said.

Zimmerman said that many of the remaining documents that need to be scanned will have to be done professionally rather than by her staff because those papers are hand-written. Budgetary restraints will not allow for that project to continue now.