Sharon K. Ackerman

Somerset County’s register of wills and clerk of the Orphans’ Court division of the Court of Common Pleas announced Monday that she will seek a fifth term in office in the 2019 municipal elections.

Sharon K. Ackerman, 52, wrote in a press release that she is “committed to providing timely service in a compassionate manner to the citizens of Somerset County.”

“Whether applying for a marriage license, probating a will, being appointed a guardian, or adopting a child, you will always receive courteous and efficient service from a staff that is dedicated to meeting your needs,” she wrote. “I wish to continue serving you, the residents of Somerset County, and will be grateful for your support in the municipal election.”

The register of wills is responsible for the probate and administration of deceased Somerset County residents’ estates, as well as the processing of all inheritance tax receipts and documentation.

The clerk of Orphans’ Court serves as the chief records manager of the miscellaneous division of the Court of Common Pleas and is responsible for the accuracy and maintenance of case files for adoptions, appeals, claims against estates, guardianships, minors’ estates, small estate proceedings, trusts and wrongful death actions. This division is also responsible for accepting marriage license applications and issuing marriage licenses to couples.

According to Ackerman, she and her staff have processed 7,451 estates and 848 adoptions, guardianships, and trusts; issued 8,157 marriage licenses; and collected $49 million in inheritance taxes for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue since she was first elected in 2003.

Ackerman currently serves as secretary of the Registers of Wills and Clerks of Orphans’ Court Association of Pennsylvania and has served on the organization’s Legislative Committee and Executive Board since 2004. She served as president of the association from 2012 to 2013.  

She and her husband, Dan, live in the village of Berkleys Mill, near Meyersdale. They have two children and two grandchildren. 

Mark Pesto is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkPesto.