Politicians should be Public Servants first and foremost.

Matt Holliday has served as our Chester County Prothonotary since he was sworn in on January 3rd, 2016. During the last three and a half years he has implemented 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 the digitizing of all the old microfilm, and he has setup a process 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.

Under Matt’s leadership, the office has 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 processing.

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.

Even with all of these improvements, Matt 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.

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2 weeks ago

Matt Holliday

Today is our National Day of Thanksgiving. While there are many things to be grateful for, I find myself thinking of a group of individuals in Chester County that I am most thankful for today and every day. The men and women of our volunteer Fire and Ambulance Departments are often over looked, but these hometown heroes will likely be called away from their families at some point today, because one of us deep fried a turkey that went wrong, someone got in a bad car accident, or some family argument got out of hand.

I’m personal friends with many men and women in the West Chester Fire Department and Good Fellowship Ambulance and I must say these volunteers are second to none. The number of times I have witnessed them drop what they are doing and race out to help our community are far too great for me to count.

Sadly in 2019, we are facing a strained volunteer emergency personal service all across the county. These brave men and women are finding themselves stretched further and further as their aging comrades aren’t being replaced by enough new young fire fighters and para-medics. If you or someone you know is looking for a way to give back and make a huge difference in our community contact your local fire department or ambulance company to find out how you can be a hero.

God forbid we ever find ourselves in a situation where we don’t have enough volunteers, the ramifications for our communities will be severe. So today I thank those who sacrifice their time and safety over and over again year in and year out. We are thankful for you and your service. God bless you all.
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Good reminder. Thank you Also grateful for dedicated public servants like you. Your efforts are very much appreciated.

Thank you so much, Matt! Your post is beautiful and so truthful about the life of first responders. Your dedication, awareness, and promotion for what we do is greatly appreciated. Have a great Thanksgiving and I’m thankful for people like you in this world!

Thank you Matt! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

Thank you, my friend! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

So well said Matt, and so true! Thanks.


Right on Matt

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1 month ago

Matt Holliday

Come January, I will no longer be the Prothonotary of Chester County. I called Ms. Bookman at 10:18 to congratulate her on her victory. I told her I will do whatever she needs to help ensure a smooth transition to her administration of the office in the new year.

I am grateful to each and every one of the 65,256 people who cast their ballots for me in the election. I’m even more grateful to each of the 148 people who took huge chunks of time out of their day to work at a polling place for me today and hand out our positive literature detailing all the great things we have accomplished over the last four years.

I can’t begin to thank my staff at the Chester County Prothonotary’s Office nearly enough for everything they did to help me shape the office into one of the best forces for good in the County over the last four years. I’ll never forget the amazing acts you’ve preformed for people in need during that time.

I’d like to thank all the campaign team members (especially my manager Eric Smith) for spending countless hours with me this year trying to devise a winning strategy in a tough political environment. This campaign would have been a shadow of itself without all of you.

Finally, I’d like to thank you. The people who have followed this page for the past four years of my public service. You’ve commented, liked, and shared thousands of times and I’m so comforted knowing you were always in my corner. Thanks for the good times.

If I’ve learned anything this year, it’s that Winston Churchill was right when he spoke these immortal words, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”
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Matt it has been my pleasure working with you for the past four years. I have never met anyone with more drive and commitment to this County. I'm sure there are great things on the horizon for you. I am a better person for having you as a friend

You are the best, Matt. I’m so sorry you lost. I know you will help Ms. Bookman in this transition. She has huge shoes to fill.

Deeply disappointed in this news. I feel you have done an amazing job for Chester County. Your dedication and love for our community is apparent.

I’m so sad to read this. You are an asset to Chester County & our community. I think there are bigger & better things coming your way!

Onward and upward! Ms. bookman has HUGE shoes to fill. Happy to call you a friend and know there are greater things out there for you!

Matt I have no words. However yours were well said. In my option the best person for the job was you. I can’t wait to see all the great things you continue to do for the community.

You did an outstanding job Matt. I’m so sorry for the loss but when I read your gracious post I too was reminded of a quote that fits you! “You can’t keep a good man down!”

I really hope this is not the last time we see your name on the ballot, Matt. I’ve been impressed with you as a person, the energy you put into our community in Chester County, and the positivity you exude. You’re a winner in my book

Matt you’re an amazing individual who has served the people of Chester County in many many ways. I thank you for what you have done and look forward to seeing what you will do in the future. Your positive outlook and gracious giving has made us proud. New opportunities await you. You have touched so many people in such a positive way. Thank you.

IT IS Chester County's loss for sure!!! You are the best!! I am sure that God has big plans for you! I have no doubt. When one door closes, another opens, which is grander and more fulfilling! xoxoxoxo. PS You ran a clean and fantastic campaign. You are a class act and a GOOD person with a great heart for the people.

Sorry Matt- very disappointing- sadly,not really a reflection on you or your body of work- what a terrific job you have done to bring this office up to a great level.

You are the most dedicated government official I know. You've done a tremendous job and you have left your mark in Chester County. I think there is something greater waiting for you and I look forward to seeing you continue to serve because that is who you are a public servant. Always and forever. Love you my friend

My friend, I could not be more proud of you. You ran a tireless, upstanding campaign and never once took your eye off of your ultimate goal- to help the people of Chester County. Your future is bright and I can't wait to see what it brings.

Thank you Matt for making the Prothy's office a great place to conduct business. Your staff are remarkable and truly understood service and importance of their job. They also learned that the boss would do any job he asked them to do. The county lost a fine man. I can only imagine what lies a head for you. Politics for sure., you will be back. Your opponent will never be able to fill your shoes. Whatever your next step is go with gusto. You supporters will always be here for you. Always remember the 4 Way Test.

Matthew thank you very much for all of your wonder work. I wish you the best of luck. Thank you for your service to Chester county

You are such a class act, Matt. So proud of everything you have you done as Prothonotary and I know you are destined for wonderful things to come.

Matt you sir have always been and will continue to be an exemplary class act. Your dedication to Chester County has changed so many individuals lives, thank you! I know great things on the horizon for you. I will be supporting your endeavors always. Thank You!

I am honored and proud to be able to help regardless of the sadness I feel for you in defeat. You ran an excellent campaign and are a true gem of Chester County. Thank you, Matt.

Matt, I am so sad! You are a man with such strong integrity, leadership skills, and commitment to the people of Chester County and all of the non profit Boards on which you serve. Truly a big loss for the county! I know there are grand things ahead for you! Onward!!

I am at such a loss for words and heartbroken. We voted for you over here. I’ve come to know what an amazing person you are and this County will surely feel the void you will leave. I wish nothing but the best for you and your future endeavors.

I am so sad to hear this. Thank you for everything you have done in the Prothonotary’s office and in Chester County. I know there are great things for you ahead. Keep being you Matt!

So proud of you Matt. You did an amazing job. You are a wonderful, warm hearted person and you will be successful in whatever challenge you choose to do next. It is an honor to call you a friend

I’m so sorry to hear this Matt...being a retired county employee, I know the huge improvements you’ve made to that office. I admired the positive campaign you ran and the dedication you’ve shown to the people of Chester County. Looking forward to seeing what is in store for you.

You are the definition of a class act, Matt. Chester County was lucky to have you, and we need more like you in today’s political environment more than ever. The future holds bright things for you.

Matt, I have been very impressed with the way you conduct yourself. A very proper way to represent your department in everything you do. I've enjoyed my time working with you and the fine group of folks you have working in the courtrooms. You will be missed, but your future will surely be bright. Thank you for everything.

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1 month ago

Matt Holliday

Today is the day! If you live in Chester County go vote! Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. If you believe it is important to have your elected officials prioritize people over politics and be devoted public servants who give every free minute of their time back to the community, then I ask for your vote. I also ask for you to share this post on your page along with a message encouraging your friends to cast their ballots for me as well. For more information on what I am all about please visit #saveourprothy #HollidayforProthonotary ... See MoreSee Less

Today is the day! If you live in Chester County go vote! Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm. If you believe it is important to have your elected officials prioritize people over politics and be devoted public servants who give every free minute of their time back to the community, then I ask for your vote. I also ask for you to share this post on your page along with a message encouraging your friends to cast their ballots for me as well. For more information on what I am all about please visit #saveourprothy #HollidayforProthonotary

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It was a pleasure to vote for you! Thank you for all you do each and every day! Wishing you all the best!

Good luck Matt! You got our vote! Tom and I were #1 and 2😃

Good luck today Matt! Wish I could vote for you!!!

Good luck Matt! You got mine and my husband’s vote!

I am proud of the job you have done and even prouder of the man you are. Ignorance and anger can't stop what you have yet to achieve. Susan Gallo Greg Giesler

You got my vote buddy!

Praying for you today, Matt. You & all your staff were very kind, helpful & encouraging when I was at a very low point a little over a year ago.

Good Luck today Matt!

I don’t live in PA anymore, but I shared for any one that does! Lol

done. fingers crossed for you!!

you got mine!

Crossing my fingers and my toes Matt!

Good luck Matthew Holliday

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