The day Yolanda Van de Krol was recruited to run for the Chester County Clerk of Courts Office, she had just retired–a mere eight days earlier. Conventional wisdom would have predicted that she would politely decline and settle in to enjoy her highly-anticipated retirement. However, frustrated as so many were with the results of the November 2016 presidential election, Yolanda said, “yes.” Chester County will be glad she did.

A native of Massachusetts, with degrees from Hamilton College and the University of Delaware, Yolanda has a public service background in Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Tredyffrin Libraries Board and served as its president for four years. In 2015, she ran for Tredyffrin Town Supervisor, but lost to her opponent by less than 30 votes.  Obviously, Get Out the Vote activities are mandatory in this campaign.

Yolanda plans to bring transparency and efficiency to the Clerk of Courts Office. The primary task of the office is to report all of the paperwork for every criminal court case for all of Chester County. That primary job is not being done very well. Reportedly, morale is low in the Clerk of Courts office. Some have suggested that one of the reasons might be that the office has not invested in the current technology that would help staff to be more productive. While she will have her work cut out for her when she wins in November, Yolanda possesses the personal skills of organization, attention to detail, and tenacity that will get the job done for Chester County.

By Brenda Mercomes