To the editor: Contrary to reporting in The News-Item, it is not in any respect "common for court administrators to be replaced when president judges retire."

This has been so since senior county court administrative staff became state employees in 1999. In fact, one of the key values in retaining court administrators is the continuity they afford as they fulfill their professional responsibilities.

Personnel issues are, of course, matters which we take seriously and treat confidentially.


Thomas B. Darr

Deputy Court Administrator

of Pennsylvania