During the Feb. 19 public council meeting, Delaware County Council unanimously voted to accept the resignation of Mary J. Walk, Esq. as the Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court. The resignation takes effect Feb. 19. Mary Walk submitted her resignation as the Register of Wills, after being offered a position as the Director of the Office of Judicial Support (OJS) for the County.
During her 2 years serving as the Register of Wills, Mary Walk oversaw the office which is responsible for probate of wills, the appointment of executors and administrators, issuance of letters testamentary and letters of administration, issuing marriage licenses and certified probate and estate records.
Council commended Ms. Walk for the work she has done over the past two years and noted the multiple changes she implemented, including making appointments for probate in order to save residents money on legal fees, offering video hearings and extending times for residents to apply for a marriage license to include Saturdays to make the process more convenient.
The County interviewed multiple internal and external candidates for the OJS Director position, which has been vacant since January. The Director oversees the operations of the OJS, its programs, services, and facilities, the Clerks of the Court of Common Pleas of Delaware County and the Office of Protection from Abuse. The Director also has the role of the Prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas.
OJS supports the courts and the citizens and counsel that utilize the courts along with the other services managed by the OJS.
“During my two years serving as the Register of Wills, I was proud to work with my dedicated staff and implement changes to assist the residents of Delaware County,” said Mary Walk. “I am looking forward to serving our residents in my new role as Director of OJS and plan to bring the same work ethic and dedication to this role as well.”
The County is accepting applications for the appointment of a Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court through March 4, 2020. A link detailing the position and details on the application process can be found here: www.delcopa.gov/clerk/boardpositions/RegisterOfWillsClerk.html