Candidates for Clerk of the Circuit Court, Sheriff, Register of Wills and State's Attorney were asked the following questions by The Washington Post:
Management: What changes, if any, would you make in the management and operation of this office?
Antoinette M. Jarboe (R), 29, of 8623 Binghampton Place, Upper Marlboro, is a property specialist in Prince George's County with 10 years of experience as a trained real estate title examiner. She is on the board of governors of the county's Republican Club and is active in the Upper Marlboro Chamber of Commerce and other community groups.
Management: It is the duty of the clerk to run the office in an efficient and cost-effective manner. The Prince George's County Clerk's office has been operating in the red since 1979. This year's projected deficit is $750,000. It is the largest deficit among the 23 Maryland counties, and is three times that of Baltimore. I plan to reduce this figure by utilizing better management techniques, as well as instituting more revenue-producing policies. I feel that streamlining certain functions performed by each department can be helpful in maintaining accuracy of records. So that the clerk's office can better serve the citizens, I would be interested in providing some evening and possibly Saturday morning hours. This could be done by establishing a voluntary flexitime schedule for the employes. Finally, from my lengthy experience working in the courthouse, I have noticed that even the employes are dissatisfied with the way the clerk's office is run. Through implementing these ideas, this office can provide better service, at a lower cost, as well as boosting the morale of its employes. I am convinced that the position of clerk of the circuit court can become more than just another political prize.
Norman L. Pritchett (D), incumbent, 48, of 16308 Baden-Westwood Rd., Brandywine, has been clerk of circuit court for Prince George's County since 1975. He studied at the Maryland Court Management Institute and has completed additional training in data processing. He is active in Democratic clubs and the county's Board of Trade.
Management: The only changes that would be necessary to make in an already efficient court system would be to constantly upgrade the procedures and personnel to keep up with ever-increasing volume of litigation; and, as funds and resources permit, to expand the computer capabilities presently in the criminal section to other departments of the clerk's office and continue to strive to further assist the court, members of the bar and all areas of the general public.