Matt Holliday has served as our Chester County Prothonotary since he was elected in 2015. During the last three and a half years he has made numerous changes to make the office more user friendly and modernized.
The Prothonotary serves as the chief clerk of the civil and family courts for the County, and also provides other services such as U.S. Passports to the public. Since his election, Holliday has implemented an e-filing process for court documents, acceptance of credit cards as a form of payment in the office, he’s begun digitizing of all the old microfilm, and he has setup a system for the staff to scan in old cases into the system so that files from the 1980s and 90s can be searchable on a database and the images are available to the public.
In an attempt to deliver on his campaign promises to be more efficient and fiscally conservative his office also closed 1,857 inactive cases that were left open by the previous administration. The county was wasting time and money (in postage) alerting the parties in cases that had not had any activity in nearly a decade.
The Prothonotary’s Office also handles all filings for Protection from Abuse Orders, which are commonly obtained by victim/survivors of domestic violence as a way to get legal protection from those who abused them. One accomplishment that Holliday was most proud of was bringing staff from the Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC), where Holliday serves as the Board President, into unused office space in the courthouse. He spearheaded that effort so that residents that filed a protection from abuse order in Holliday’s office could receive onsite assistance from the Domestic Violence Center to help navigate the court system and be advised of the other services the center has available.
Under Holliday’s leadership, the office has also improved their county website to give better instructions regarding passport applications. Additionally, more staff members were trained to provide passport assistance, which has nearly eliminated the wait time for passport application service for the public.
With all of these improvements, Holliday still managed to bring the office expenses in under the department’s budgeted amount for 2017 and 2018 without eliminating staff, and while still providing raises to everyone in the department each year. The cost-saving measures help to save taxpayer dollars.
Beyond his work in the Prothonotary’s office, Holliday is extremely active in the community. He serves on 13 boards of local non-profits. He is the past president of both the West Chester Public Library and the West Chester University Alumni Association. He is the current president of two organizations: the DVCCC and the West Chester Downtown Foundation. He will also become the president of the West Chester Rotary Club and Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children in July 2019. His other boards include: the Friars’ Society Alumni Association, the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, the Knights of Columbus, the West Chester University Alumni Association, the West Chester Area Senior Center, the West Chester Business Improvement District, the ARC of Chester County, Student Services, Inc. and the Salvation Army of West Chester.
For all of his non-profit work, Holliday was selected by the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce as the 2018 Citizen of the Year. He was also the recipient of the 2018 Senator Robert J. Thompson Public Service Award from the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce for his work as County Prothonotary.
Finally, he received the Outstanding Young Professional in Public Administration Award from the American Society for Public Administration in May of 2018. For more information or to ask any questions please email Matt at Matt@Mattholliday.org