Longtime recorder of deeds to retire

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Blair County’s longtime register of wills and recorder of deeds will be retiring at the end of the year.

Mary Ann Bennis of Holli­daysburg, who currently is in her 16th year as register/recorder, an­nounced Tuesday that she will not campaign for another term. She said the time has come to pass the torch, and she would like to spend more time with her husband, John, who retired in 2016, along with their three daughters and sev­en grandchildren.

“My an­nouncement is being made with the intention to provide sufficient time for those who may be interested in this position to research the duties and responsibilities of the office and to organize a campaign for this elected position,” Bennis said at the weekly commissioners meeting.

Bennis, a Republican, offered no endorsement of any potential candidate.

“I task the citizens of the county to select a candidate with the energy and interest to keep the office moving forward with technology,” Bennis said.

She recommended that voters should look for a candidate who will be budget-minded and act conservatively with county dollars.

“Someone who will come in daily,” she said, “with a servant leadership attitude toward those who use or need assistance in the office.”

Commissioners Chair­man Bruce Erb, Terry Tomassetti and Ted Beam Jr. complimented Bennis for the professionalism she has shown in running her office over the years.

Bennis also thanked her staff members, including ones who attended Tues­day’s meeting to hear her announcement. She also thanked other county offi­ces for their support of the register of wills and re­corder of deeds office. She has been in office since 2004.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.