Meet Our New Board President

The Melton Center would like to extend a warm welcome to Debbie Bookman, our new board presidentDebbie serves as as the Chester County Prothonotary. The Prothonotary is the Chief Clerk and Record keeper for all filings related to Civil Cases. Her career serving others started in 1999  during her employment in NY Assemblyman Roger Green’s office.  

In 2005, she moved to Chester County with her daughters. Since then, she has served as a Coatesville City Councilmember At LargeCoatesville’s Parks and Recreation Commission Member, Vice-President and Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Community Youth and Women Alliance, and Council representative on Western Chester County Council of Governments 

When she isn’t serving her community or solving problems, you can find her reading, singing, watching sports, or spending quality time with her family.  We wanted to take a minute to get to know her!

If you could only have three apps on your cell phone, what three would you choose? LOL, I would definitely need Facetime. I am grateful for this app. It allows me to spend time at any time with my children and my granddaughter. Apple Music. I love music!!! And as crazy as this may sound, my email app so that I can stay connected to my office and the Center. 


If you were the only human left on earth, what would you do? I wouldn’t know what to do with myself! While I do enjoy my own company by filling my time with reading, listening to music, watching sports and documentaries the option of calling someone or taking a drive to the mall is still there. Without those options, I think I would go crazy. LOL 


What is the Prothonotary? The office of the Prothonotary handles civil court cases that are filed in the Court of Common Plea and utilized by attorneys and the general public. Services handled by this office include divorces, name changes, civil and family court records, passport processing, judgments, and liens.


What made you decide to run for office? I have been asked why I decided to run for this particular position. I have had personal experiences with many of the issues that the Prothonotary office provides services for, so I know that I will be able to empathize with those who come in seeking assistance. I believe that anyone who makes the decision to become a public servant should have certain qualities: integrity, dedication, and respect. I pride myself on maintaining all three of these much-needed qualities. 


Where do you see the Center in 5 years? My prayer is to see the Center making an even bigger impact on the community that it serves. I’m so excited to continue the wonderful groundwork that my predecessor, the board, and The Center staff have already built.