VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH, 2019

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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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10 months ago

Matt Holliday

Today was my last day as County Prothonotary. My staff, being the amazingly generous people that they are, surprised me with a big party and more food and desserts than we could eat in three days. I felt like almost everyone who works in the courthouse stopped by to say farewell at some point today.

All day long, I had judges, administrators, janitorial staff, facility folks, lawyers, paralegals, secretaries, cafeteria staff, former employees, tech department personnel, law clerks, masters, and elected officials stopping by to thank me for my service and for everything I had done as Prothonotary over the past four years.

The truth is I couldn’t have accomplished any of it without the support of every single person who stopped in to say goodbye. The people of Chester County are very fortunate to have thousands of folks dedicated to their well being, and I was blessed to count myself among them for the last four years.

To my staff, I say keep making the people your number one priority and you can never go wrong. Be kind to each other, and back each other up, because you are one of the strongest teams I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing.

To Ms. Bookman, please take care of the people of Chester County, the staff, and yourself. It’s a tough job, that can be very stressful, but if you do it right you can change lives for the better.

To the voters of Chester County, I say thank you for four of the most stressful, wonderful, wacky, rewarding years of my life. I’ll never forget it. The Chester County Courthouse is home to some of the best public servants on the planet, and I was lucky to work with them.
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Today was my last day as County Prothonotary. My staff, being the amazingly generous people that they are, surprised me with a big party and more food and desserts than we could eat in three days. I felt like almost everyone who works in the courthouse stopped by to say farewell at some point today. 

All day long, I had judges, administrators, janitorial staff, facility folks, lawyers, paralegals, secretaries, cafeteria staff, former employees, tech department personnel, law clerks, masters, and elected officials stopping by to thank me for my service and for everything I had done as Prothonotary over the past four years. 

The truth is I couldn’t have accomplished any of it without the support of every single person who stopped in to say goodbye. The people of Chester County are very fortunate to have thousands of folks dedicated to their well being, and I was blessed to count myself among them for the last four years. 

To my staff, I say keep making the people your number one priority and you can never go wrong. Be kind to each other, and back each other up, because you are one of the strongest teams I’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing. 

To Ms. Bookman, please take care of the people of Chester County, the staff, and yourself. It’s a tough job, that can be very stressful, but if you do it right you can change lives for the better. 

To the voters of Chester County, I say thank you for four of the most stressful, wonderful, wacky, rewarding years of my life. I’ll never forget it. The Chester County Courthouse is home to some of the best public servants on the planet, and I was lucky to work with them.Image attachment

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On to the next chapter, Sir Boss. The best of luck.

I will always remember on some days when I went to the Prothy’s office, there Matt would be helping out at the front desk. Yes, he is such a people person who will be missed but I wish you well Matt in your next adventure and they are very lucky to have you at the helm!!! Best wishes to you.

Great parting words! The future is bright for you Matt:)

You will be sorely missed. Thanks for your hard work and dedication.

And I am sorry that I was not at the Justice Center as I certainly would gave stopped by. Best to you Matt

Thank you for everything you have done for Chester County! I have a feeling I will still be seeing you often!!!😋

Matt I am so proud of you. I know wonderful things are going to come to you. You will always have my support!

Matt, you are a class act! Congrats on a job well done! There are bigger & better things out there for you to enjoy in the future! Thanks for everything you did for Chester County in the past 4 years. Good luck!!!

Matt. Sorry to see you leaving but you have my best wishes for your continued successes in the furure

Thank you Matt! You’re a great guy and your future looks very bright!

It was truly an honor and a pleasure working with you Matt, you will be greatly missed! Best of luck in your new position, I hope to see you around!

You did a great job as Prothonotary! Wishing you the best in the adventure ahead!

Matt you should be proud of your achievements in this office. The court house is a better place as a result of your superb leadership. Thank you and good luck in future endeavors.

Matt you are a true inspiration to so many. Thank you for the profound positive impact you have had on so many lives including my own. I look forward to seeing the next adventure instore for you.

Bon Voyage! May the wisdom you have acquired sail you through the next chapter of your wonderful life 🙏

Thank you for your service and support to Chester County!! Best wishes in the New Year's

Thanks for your dedication, compassion and hard work, Matt! You have made a positive difference for so many over the years! Best wishes in this next chapter!!

You will be missed Matt! It is wonderful to know you and to have work with you!

We will definitely miss you. But you are n to write the next best chapter of your life! Congrats on the new adventure and best wishes as always!

"Well done is better than well said." What you managed to accomplish as Prothonotary perfectly illustrated Ben Franklin's point. Well done, Matt, well done.

I'll miss you, Matt! You've been so wonderful to work with. I wish you nothing but the best in what's yet to come.

Best of luck in your next adventure.

Good luck Matt , thanks for all you did for Chester County.

The County was blessed to have you in that role! I imagine it’s not the last one for you 😉

You will be missed, a true public servant. I know you will continue to do something fabulous!

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10 months ago

Matt Holliday

Tis the season for boxes and bows, wrapping paper, and gift bags. Whether you are celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah this is a time of gift giving. Too often we get hung up on electronics, clothing, toys, and gift cards, and we forget that the best gift we can give someone is the gift of kindness and the best possible version of ourselves.

A few years back the Rotary International annual theme was, “Be a gift to the world.” At the time I viewed it as just another platitude, but in truth it is a rather profound statement. With the right attitude and some selflessness, you can choose to live your life in a way that makes you a gift to those who come in contact with you. While that certainly is easier said than done (after all we are all human), it might help if you identify a way that you can volunteer your time for the benefit of others.

For me joining The Rotary Club of West Chester, has opened up hundreds of opportunities for me to help others over the years. Selfishly it has also given me well over a hundred gifts in the form of dedicated, courteous, and caring fellow Rotarians who have supported me, in good times and in bad, for the last nine years. And while joining our Rotary Club may not be the right path for you, I promise that turning yourself into a gift to the world is. It’s not always easy, and you will have plenty of days that you fall well short of the mark, but on the rare days that you achieve it, you’ll be glad that you did.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and may you have a great New Year!
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Tis the season for boxes and bows, wrapping paper, and gift bags. Whether you are celebrating Christmas or Hanukkah this is a time of gift giving.  Too often we get hung up on electronics, clothing, toys, and gift cards, and we forget that the best gift we can give someone is the gift of kindness and the best possible version of ourselves. 

A few years back the Rotary International annual theme was, “Be a gift to the world.” At the time I viewed it as just another platitude, but in truth it is a rather profound statement. With the right attitude and some selflessness, you can choose to live your life in a way that makes you a gift to those who come in contact with you. While that certainly is easier said than done (after all we are all human), it might help if you identify a way that you can volunteer your time for the benefit of others. 

For me joining The Rotary Club of West Chester, has opened up hundreds of opportunities for me to help others over the years. Selfishly it has also given me well over a hundred gifts in the form of dedicated, courteous, and caring fellow Rotarians who have supported me, in good times and in bad, for the last nine years. And while joining our Rotary Club may not be the right path for you, I promise that turning yourself into a gift to the world is. It’s not always easy, and you will have plenty of days that you fall well short of the mark, but on the rare days that you achieve it, you’ll be glad that you did. 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and may you have a great New Year!

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Matt call me when you have time

You are a gift to the world! Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Love this sentiment. Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas - you are a servant leader! Thank you!!

Matt, You are a gift to all who know you! ❤️

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Matt.

Yes Matt it is about service above our self - you have been a leader in this and I alway's wonder where you find the time. From the fun 🌶 Chili contest (I still remember your hat) this year to your contributions to the Gala of the Crime Victims Gala. It seems we crossed paths' in the past and I look forward to the years to come to make Chester County to Paradise for all living here! God Bless you! It is unfortunate that I could not continue my Birdsboro membership but I am to much of an independent thinker and do not believe politics have a place in charities.

To serve, not to be served.

Merry Christmas, Matthew Holliday!

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11 months 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!

So well said Matt, and so true! Thanks.

Thank you, my friend! Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Right on Matt

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