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June 18, 2010

Domestic relations chief becomes court administrator

EBENSBURG — A Summerhill Township man who has headed Cambria County’s domestic relations office for 10 years has been chosen by President Judge Timothy Creany to be the county’s new court administrator.

William “Bill” Valko will succeed retiring court administrator Don Scotilla, effective Monday.

Scotilla, who has been off the job since being injured in an accident in September, decided to retire June 2, although he has since recovered from his injuries. He was the administrator for nearly two decades, having been appointed by former President Judge Gerard Long in 1991.

Valko, as court administrator, becomes a state employee under the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, which will set his salary.

With Valko’s shift to the court office, Creany made the following changes in the domestic relations office:

• Robin Holovka, who has been assistant director, was promoted to director with an annual salary of $46,878 a year.

• Shawn Semelsberger was promoted to assistant director from 4D program director. His salary will be $42,070 annually.

• Mitchell Voytish, a conference officer, becomes the 4D director, with a salary of $38,174.

• Erin Au, now a case management specialist in the county’s drug and alcohol program, was named a conference officer with a salary of $32,132.

Valko, 41, began working for the county in 1991 with children and youth services, but within six months had moved to adult probation, where he was a probation officer. He was appointed by Long as the domestic relations administrator in 2000.

Creany said he chose Valko based on his administrative abilities and his effectiveness in the domestic relations office.

“He runs a great office that deals with people in very sensitive times in their lives,” the president judge said.

Valko came highly recommended by Long and Senior Judge F. Joseph Leahey, who had overseen the office, Creany said.

Valko will not only oversee the court administrator’s office, but also the costs and fines collections office and the district judges’ offices.

In domestic relations, he oversaw 48 employees and an annual budget of $2.5 million.

While he was director, the office implemented a training program designed to give out-of-work mothers and fathers the skills to obtain employment.

Valko is a 1986 graduate of Forest Hills High School and a 1990 graduate of IUP with a degree in criminology and pre-law.

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