Patricia A. Peifer was appointed as Somerset County Recorder of Deeds in November 2013. Mrs. Peifer took over as Acting Recorder due to the untimely passing of Recorder Lorraine Barron after a two-year battle with cancer. Governor Corbett nominated her for the appointment on January 30, 2014, which was confirmed by the Pennsylvania Senate on May 6, 2014. Mrs. Peifer has worked in the Recorder of Deeds Office since 2001, starting out as an Accounting Clerk, and then being named Second Deputy by retired Recorder Patricia A. Brant in 2003. She went on to be named First Deputy in 2011 by Lorraine Barron. Mrs. Peifer was then elected to her first full term in 2015 after finishing Lorraine Barron’s term.
"I believe my 16 years of experience in public service and office administration have prepared me well to serve the citizens of Somerset County. I am honored and humbled to serve as Recorder of Deeds and am thankful for all the knowledge I have gained over the years from my mentors Pat Brant and Lorraine Barron. It was a pleasure to have served under both of them, and I am happy to continue the work that they have both started. I feel that I will be qualified, professional and dedicated to continue to serve as Somerset County’s Recorder of Deeds for years to come. "
Patricia oversees an office that in 2016 collected revenues of $3,579,000.00 and brought in $754,000.00 in real estate transfer tax. Of that transfer tax, 1% is paid to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and 1% stays in Somerset County and is divided among local Townships, Boroughs and School Districts.
"My staff and I are very dedicated to the office and take great pride in our customer service. The office maintains a good working relationship with the local attorneys, abstractors and surveyors. We are always working on cross-training staff members to ensure the office is running efficiently and smoothly at all times." The office has been working on a project to index older images and is doing it in-house so there is no extra cost to the taxpayers. "We realize the importance of accurately preserving documents, but also keeping up with technology by having more available on the computer and website."
Mrs. Peifer is the past Secretary of the Somerset County Republican Committee, a member of the Laurel Highlands Council, Salute to Women Luncheon Committee and also enjoys volunteering her time at many events and festivals across Somerset County.
Mrs. Peifer and her husband Robert who is a Boilermaker with the local 154 in Pittsburgh reside in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County along with their 2 children Jared and Kayla. They attend the Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship.