Westmoreland County Clerk of Courts Bryan L. Kline has been able to reduce by more than 50 percent the number of area crime victims who are owed restitution.
Kline, a Republican who took office in January 2010, beefed up the number of staff assigned to search public records in an attempt to locate crime victims who are owed restitution under court orders.
"Before I took office, I said helping crime victims would be my priority, and I'm following through," Kline said.
He has four staff members assigned to "comb through records" to find addresses of crime victims. One person had been assigned the job under former clerk of courts David Patterson, Kline said.
Kline became the first elected Republican row officer in the county since Smith McKee was elected treasurer in 1951.
On Friday, Kline released a list of 18 crime victims who cannot be located and never reported a change of address.
The victims are due restitution in amounts ranging from $20 to $1,100.
"These are the ones we absolutely couldn't find addresses for," Kline said. …