The LuLac Edition #738, Feb. 23rd, 2009
PHOTO INDEX: PROTHONOTARY JILL MORAN.
Prothonotary Jill Moran has informed the Governor's office that she will resign her office. Effective date is March 13th. Chuck Ardo, Governor Rendell's Press Secretary says she is resigning because "the circumstances in the Luzerne County Courthouse are making my presence in the office a distraction". Moran was elected Prothonotary in 2001 taking over for GOP official Carolee Medico. Medico snatched the office out of Democratic control from 16 year veteran Eugene Duffy. Prior to Duffy's reign, Bernard Podcasy, Senior held the job. Moran has been under fire since 2007 when it was revealed the Prothonotary’s Office filed a John Doe name for an IRS tax lien from Attorney Robert Powell. Since then, Moran's name has been linked to Powell who in turn has been linked to outsted Judges Ciaverella and Conahan. This of course opens the field on both sides of the political spectrum for this office. Speculation has been that former Judge Ann Lokuta might throw her hat into the ring for the post. Gerald Mullery has already announced his candidacy.