Philadelphia abolishes 3-centuries-old city office

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Posted: Oct 13, 2010 4:57 PM
Philadelphia abolishes 3-centuries-old city office

A Philadelphia city office that has been in existence for three centuries is no more.

Mayor Michael Nutter abolished the Philadelphia Clerk of Quarter Sessions Office on Tuesday. It had been responsible for maintaining court records, staffing courtrooms and collecting bail money and fines in criminal cases.

The office dates to the founding of the Philadelphia colony. It became an elected position in 1838.

Nutter calls his move "one more tangible piece of proof that government can be reformed."

Clerk Vivian Miller had resigned from the position at the end of March. The city court system had taken over the office's duties in April.