Candidates for register of wills were asked the following question by The Washington Post:
Management: What changes, if any, would you make in the management of this office?
Allison Bryant (R), 39, of 18212 Mehrens Ter., Olney, is president of The Assignment Group, a management consulting firm. He has a PhD in management and two master's degrees, and has done consulting at federal, state and local levels of government. He has served on several economic development and education advisory boards.
Management: Four major changes would be implemented: an external education program; information packets; legal/industry liaison; and reorganization. (a) External education, through forums, seminars and speakers bureau, is designed to highlight that the register of wills is not just a dead issue. (b) Information packets would detail the office, its operations and services. (c) Legal/industry liaison recognizes that the legal and funeral industries are the biggest beneficiaries of death and ought to be closely locked into educating the public about requirements, services, costs, etc. (d) Reorganization of the office will make for efficiency and effectiveness. A master plan will be developed, and from there I will organize, staff and implement control and evaluation systems. Part of evaluation will be internal, but the public we serve will also participate. These things must happen if telephone calls to the office are to change from, "Sorry, I don't know."
Rosalie A. Reilly (D), incumbent, 53, of 5613 Riggs Rd., Olney, has been Montgomery County register of wills since 1978. She is a former director of the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce and has served on the 6th circuit's Judicial Nominating Committee. A former co-chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, she is active in civic and professional groups.
Management: I was very fortunate to inherit a well-organized office from my predecessor. I will continue to initiate programs for simplified administration of estates. New clearer forms (larger print) will be used by my office and by registers throughout the state. The number of active cases has increased significantly since I was elected to office; it is apparent that consideration should be given to the installation of a word processor and computerization of case files to ease the congestion and better serve the public. Capital programs for equipment must be approved by the state. Currently, I enjoy the lowest cost-of-operation to collection ratio in the state. A major management objective is to maintain this measure of efficiency.