Kelly A. Lawver, the Clerk of Courts, is an elected officer of the Court and has custody of the seal of the Court. She is elected by the people of Adams County, and commissioned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Since Kelly's first term, she has worked at becoming more efficient while providing dignified, respectful and efficient service to all members of the community. Due to her efforts, she was able to eliminate TWO staff positions through attrition in 2012. In 2013, she had placed another full-time position "on hold", again through attrition, until the job description could be revised and adopted making that position part-time. In 2015, a full-time position was merged within another position instead of filling a vacancy.
Each year the office handles over 1500 new criminal court records, over 2000 Contempt cases, as well as numerous other tasks relating to summary appeals, juvenile delinquency, dependency, miscellaneous dockets, Orphans' Court matters, constables, private detectives, and bail bondsmen. Since all documents pertinent to criminal matters must be filed with the Clerk of Courts, the office is sometimes considered the engine of the criminal court system in the County.
For the month of December 2005, the month before Kelly took office, the monthly revenue was $106,336.30. Due to Kelly's collection efforts, her monthly revenue increased to over $200,000.00 in 2007 and in 2017, often exceeded $300,000.00 monthly. Now in 2019, the monthly collections frequently have exceeded $400,000.00.