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Clarion County Commissioners Consider Changing Location of District Attorney’s Office

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 12:05 AM

Posted by Ron Wilshire

district attorney officesCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The approaching county elections, especially in the judicial arena, are already causing Clarion County Commissioners to look at possible solutions.

(Pictured above: Clarion County District Attorney’s Office. Photo by Caleb Gilliland.)

“Perhaps the most critical thing is we will need a new office for the district attorney in November,” said Commissioner Ted Tharan on Tuesday morning. 

Clarion County is responsible for providing office space for the district attorney.  That space could be located in the Clarion County Courthouse if space was available, but for many years, Clarion County has rented space at the corner of Liberty Street and Sixth Avenue for the district attorney offices. That building is owned by Mark Aaron, and rent is currently $16,800.00 per year.

“If Mark Aaron is elected judge, it would not be appropriate to rent the building with him as a judge,” Tharan said. “If he is not elected as judge, he could be using that building for his private practice, and it might not be appropriate with a DA office.”

Commissioner Tharan said he believed the location of the office will most likely need to be changed, regardless of the outcome of the November election.

The Commissioners agreed to discuss this further in the near future.

The location of the DA offices is not the only issue raised as a result of the primary election.

“We are aware from the candidate forums that renovations are needed to the courthouse,” Tharan said. “That’s going to be very much on our radar. We have made some improvements to the court rooms, as well as extensive renovations in the courthouse. Heating and air-conditioning in the third floors are being considered, and we’re looking seriously at a new speaker/audio system for the court room.

“Listening to all the candidates at their forums for political offices all of them seemed to think that we need to do extensive renovations in the court rooms. We have been doing some renovations, and we have done the windows and that was one of our major concerns. We currently use window units for air conditioning on the second and third floors, and I don’t like the idea of using them in those brand-new windows because they do have a tendency to destroy your windows.

“Another item that was brought up was record storage and that we’re in dire need of proper record and archive storage for the county, so we will be looking at that very seriously this summer. The sheriff has a question on weapon storage because of a new law.

“Those are some of the things that we have to consider. It’s quite an agenda folks.”

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