Donna J. Tharp, Register of Wills and Recorder of Deeds
Register & Recorder's Office Department of Law & Order for Greene County, Pennsylvania
Greene County Courthouse, 1st Floor, 10 East High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.4:30 p.m., MondayFriday
The Register and Recorderís Office is the repository and record manager for all papers relating to wills and estates as well as all real estate transactions. These documents are part of Greene County's permanent records and must be protected from loss, theft or damage. It is also the responsibility of the office to provide efficient and timely service to the public while preserving the integrity of public records.
January 2, 2014 to present Donna J. Tharp of Wind Ridge has been the Register and Recorder for the past year (initially acting in the position, but elected in 2015 as permanent). Donna previously held the position of first deputy in the register and recorder's office for 17 years under then-Register and Recorder Thomas M. Headlee. Upon Headlee's retirement on December 31, 2013, Tharp became the acting Register and Recorder.
In February 2015, Donna announced her bid for the Democratic nomination for register and recorder in the upcoming May primary; and elected to the position in the 2015 primary and general elections.
As register of wills, Tharp''s duties include probating estates and filing all papers in conjenction with wills and estates. The register is also accountable for the collection of inheritance taxes for Greene County.
As the recorder of deeds, Tharp is responsible for recording all land transactions, including deeds, morgages, leases and rights of way, and for filing military discharges, uniform commercial code documents, mine subsidence maps and highway maps. Her duties also include the collection of reality transfer taxes on recorded documents.
In addition, Donna is responsible for maintaining and preserving copies of all original documents for future use by the public. For the most part, records are digitalized and available from 1796 to the present time and also are accessible over the internet.
Donna is a member of West Greene Lions Club, Pennsylvania Recorder of Deeds Association and Pennsylvania Register of Wills and Clerk of the Orphans Court Association.
She and her husband, Sonny Tharp, reside in Wind Ridge; they have three adult children, Ryan, Tasia, and Tyler Tharp; two adult stepchildren, Bronwyn and Randy Tharp, and three grandchildren.