The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 14, 2013

Who is responsible for negligence?

When do government officials who represent the county judicial system become responsible for their incompetence and negligence in their jobs, while the average citizen suffers the consequences of their mistakes.

Case in point: my fiancee is still without his driver's license from a one year suspension which was supposed to have begun in December 2009. He turned in his driver's license to the Northumberland County Probation office on Dec. 28, 2009 and as of Nov. 5, 2013, PennDOT claimed they had no record of his license suspension.

It is only because my fiancee contacted the Pennsylvania State Representative's office the last week of October, that he was informed his 2009 suspension was never recognized.

He has been battling the Northumberland County probation office and PennDOT for three years, having had to provide confirmation of completion of court stipulations three times to the probation office to forward to PennDOT. After the third production of said documents in August 2013, my fiancee was informed by the Northumberland County Clerk of Courts that PennDOT had the documents and the final step was paying the restitution fee. However, he was told by the state representative's office that PennDOT had no record of his court stipulated certifications and his license suspension had never begun.

In addition, at his sentencing in 2009, he was required to repay a fine that he had previously paid off in 1998. I feel the need to mention that he was one out of three individuals who were ordered to repay fines that they claimed had also been paid.

His probation officer no longer works for the Northumberland County probation office. She was fired on unrelated issues five months after my fiancee's sentencing in 2009.

So I ask you, who should be held liable for such incompetence and negligence? My fiancee has been unable to legally drive for four years and has suffered financially, emotionally, mentally and physically. He has lost out on thousands of dollars because he needs a driver's license for his type of work. He paid his debt to society and took responsibility for his actions. Shouldn't the authorities in Northumberland County be held liable and responsible for their mistakes and negligence?

Diana Manny, Milton

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