Weaver to seek sixth term as circuit court clerk

May 18, 2006|by PEPPER BALLARD


Clerk of Washington County Circuit Court Dennis J. Weaver filed Wednesday to seek re-election to a sixth term in office.

Weaver, 52, was elected in 1986 to his first term after serving 13 years as deputy clerk, he said. Weaver, of 318 N. Potomac St., filed as a Democrat.

Republican Ernest E. Pletcher, 63, of 16728 Tammany Manor Road in Williamsport - a retired Maryland State Police sergeant and pastor of First Church of God in Mercersburg, Pa. - filed to run for clerk in July 2005.

The deadline to file is July 3. The primary election will be Sept. 12, with the general election Nov. 7.

The Circuit Court Clerk's office processes records, deeds, mortgages and documents filed in cases coming before Circuit Court. The office also issues business and marriage licenses and performs civil marriage ceremonies.


In the fiscal year 2005, the Clerk's office collected more than $25 million in state and local revenue, according to a release. Of that revenue, $17 million went to Washington County and its incorporated towns and $8 million went to the state.

"There are a lot of changes occurring in the way courts do business in terms of both technology and personality," Weaver said. "Things are changing at a record pace. There's a national move to improve the public image of the courts. To move cases faster and be more user-friendly. Maryland is right out there with leaders in many of the changes, and Washington County is always near the top in Maryland."

In 2000 and 2001, Weaver served as President of the Maryland Circuit Court Clerks' Association. He is serving for the second time as Chair of the Conference of Circuit Court Clerks, an advisory body to Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, head of the Maryland Judiciary.

Weaver said, "It's been my career and I want to stick with it until retirement, and I'm not ready to retire.

"I believe experience is important in this position, and continuity is something to be valued. I think that's reflected by the fact that I'm only the 12th Clerk in Washington County's 230-year history."

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