Touting the county’s department with the lowest budget and having moved his office into the “information age,” Morris County Surrogate John Pecoraro has announced he will run for re-election in 2014.
If elected, this would Pecoraro’s fifth consecutive term. He became Surrogate in 1994 and is currently a resident of Mendham. Each elected term is five years long.
The department’s office has been completely computerized and all written records are now in electronic format, according to a statement released by the Pecoraro campaign.
Now with a website, residents can search for and probate estates online, Pecoraro said.
When he was first elected in 1994, the Surrogate Court (where wills are probated and guardians are appointed) handled approximately 1,800 cases. The department now handles about 3,000 cases a year with roughly the same amount of employees, Pecoraro said.
“We’ve done the most with the least, while providing excellent and compassionate service, which is what you should expect from a businessman who has lived in this county for over 35 years,” Pecoraro said in the statement.
A press conference officially announcing his run for re-election is scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 at 4 p.m. at the Morris County Court House. A rain location is set for the Morris County Republican Club Headquarters at 26 Schuyler Place in Morristown.