Governor's Nomination For Schuylkill County Clerk Of Courts Job Speaks With Eyewitness News

By Andrew Forgotch |

Published 08/25 2014 06:16PM

Updated 08/25 2014 07:19PM

Pottsville, Schuylkill County -  Thomas Campion told Eyewitness News he was 'thrilled' to learn he is Governor Tom Corbett's top choice to take over the job of Schuylkill County Clerk of Courts.

"It's an important position at the courthouse," Campion said. "Especially in light of some of the issues that have gone on in that office."

In April Stephen Lukach Junior, stepped down from the position amid allegations he pocketed tax payer money.

On Monday Campion told Eyewitness News that if he's appointed to the office he said his job is to restore trust in the office.

"Then I'm going to have to determine if the way things are currently done is the right way to do it," he said. "If it's not we have to change it."

Campion is a former assistant district attorney in Schuylkill County. He said the familiarity he has with the courthouse gives him the ability to hit the ground running.

"I know how the office functions," Campion told Eyewitness News. "I know all the personnel and I do think that's an advantage I have."

Campion credits Paul Steffanic, who has been the interim Clerk of Courts since Lukach left office, with doing a good job.

Steffanic said he's willing to help Campion any way possible.

"This office has run the last four months with integrity," Steffanic said. "And as professional as I have ever seen any office run. That's due to the staff and myself working together as a team."

Campion told Eyewitness News that he'll work with Steffanic for a smooth transition.

"Until the Senate approves that I'm in there I obviously have no type of authority," Campion said. "So, I'm anxious to get in there and help get thing straightened out."

The Senate still needs to approve Campion as the Clerk of Courts.

Campion was working in the district attorney's office at the same time Lukach is accused of stealing the money. He told Eyewitness News that the office was never informed of any wrongdoing so he had no reason to investigate.

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