Bedford County’s first deputy prothonotary has announced her bid to oversee the office.

Barbara Himmler, 54, of Bedford said she will seek the Republican nomination to be the next prothonotary/clerk of courts of Bedford County.

Himmler has served as first deputy of the office for 19 years. She said her experience makes her qualified for the elected position.

“I think with the 19 years of service, I know the office pretty well,” Himmler said. “There’s always stuff changing — new things coming.”

Prothonotary Cathy Fetter is not seeking re-election. Fetter hired Himmler in 2000 after she was first elected to the office.

Himmler said she has worked closely with Fetter over the years and fills in for her when she is out of the office.

She said she hopes to continue running the office in the same manner as Fetter.

“I’ve respected Cathy Fetter’s 19 years of conscientious work in the prothonotary’s office,” Himmler said. “I will strive to follow her lead in keeping accurate records and at the same time keep moving the office forward with available technology and up-to-date trends.”

The prothonotary/clerk of courts office processes and preserves all court documents in civil, criminal and orphans court.

Himmler said it is important for the county office not to fall behind in available technology, citing the evolving systems of electronic filing as something that will need to be kept up to date.

“We’re scanning on the juvenile and dependency side,” she said. “I’m sure more is going to come down the line.”

Himmler said she also feels the six employees in the office deserve raises.

“I think they need higher wages for them,” she said. “That’s always a topic.”

Himmler previously worked for Murphy Mart/Ames from 1982 to 1996, where she interviewed applicants and trained employees.

From 1996 to 1999 she was employed by Fashion Bug as an assistant manager.

Himmler, a Bedford County native, is making her first run for public office.

A 1982 graduate of Bedford High School, Himmler and her husband, David, celebrated 34 years of marriage last year. They have a son, Justin, and a daughter, Kristie.

Himmler said she has volunteered numerous times with public events that were held downtown.

She said she decided to seek election recently after Fetter announced she would not run again.

“I enjoy the job,” she said. “I enjoy working with people.”

Himmler is the second employee in the office to announce her bid for prothonotary. Sheri Lowery last week said she was seeking the Republican nomination.

The primary election is May 21.

Contact Will DeShong at wdeshong@bedfordgazette.com; 623-1151, ext. 150.

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