By KATE SAUNDERS
SCHUYLKILL - Long-time area resident, Bryan D. Walters, has taken office as prothonotary of Chester County.
Bryan Walters, a Republican, was elected Chester County's prothonotary in November. He was sworn into office on Jan. 5, 2004.
"Everyday is different," said Walters, of his experience and various committals as the first notary and chief records clerk the county. Walters's daily duties include providing passports, divorces, name changes and liens for residents.
"It's an important office for the county," said Walters after his first week. Beginning his four-year term, Walters is responsible for the safety of records and ensuring the ability to access records quickly.
Born in Phoenixville, Walters now lives in Schuylkill. He is a graduate of Phoenixville High School and West Chester University.
With a background in customer service and management at his family's business, Walters' Restaurant, he coordinates the staff of 25 in his office. Walters also has office experience from his years as Schuylkill Township's treasurer.
Walters and his family have been active in the community since 1870, with the restaurant that is the current Walters' Restaurant on Charlestown Road.
Walters served on the Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors for 10 years as treasurer.
"It's an opportunity to continue service to community on a larger scale," Walters said of his new positionm "Working with the county rather than the township."
The Walters family believes that it is necessary to get involved in the community in which they live.
According to Walters, the family has chosen public service to repay advantages that they have enjoyed in their lives.
The Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors nowhas an open seat after Walters stepped down in order to become prothonotary.
The vacancy will be filled in February when supervisors appoint a replacement.