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Litz brings Local Government, Small Business, and Conservation Experience to the Table.

   Jo Ellen is a 5-term Lebanon County Commissioner who is the Boots on the Ground for local government implementing programs to Protect Children, Serve Families, Secure Justice, Manage Emergencies, and Safeguard Elections.  In short, Commissioner Litz Safeguards the Public Trust.

Whether it was the 2004 Campbelltown Tornado, Tropical Storm Lee in 2011, Jonas 30" Snowstorm 2016 , or the Summer Storm of 2018,

I've been here for you.

Litz was elected by her peers from across the state of Pennsylvania to serve as the 2012 president and 2013 chairman of the Board for the statewide commissioner's association. 

Litz is about starting a conversation from public structures like roads and bridges, water and sewer, schools, and energy.  A sound infrastructure is the basis of a sound economy.  Litz believes we need these Economy Boosting Jobs to put money into the pockets of people so that they can buy homes, cars, and goods.  Litz supports a transportation plan to make our roads and bridges safe.  In this way, we will create good paying jobs, get people to these jobs, our goods to market, and children to schools. 

Jo Ellen served as the chair of the MPO (2012-15)--Metropolitan Planning Organization for Lebanon County--where she helps to prioritize local road and bridge projects with PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration. 

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Domestic Relations

bulletKaren Hess is the Director of Domestic Relations.
bulletIn 1978, Joseph Hill, a full-time staff attorney, was hired to assist Domestic Relations.
bulletThe Domestic Relations Section of the Court of Common Pleas deals with the many problems of broken marriages, estranged spouses, children born out of wedlock, separated families, indigent parents, and children committed to the custody of the Department of Children and Youth Services, and the Juvenile Probation Section of the court.
bulletThe general phone number for Domestic Relations is 228-4480 (Or you can stop by room 202, 400 S 8th St., Lebanon.)  Because approximately 600 phone calls are received daily, a PACSES computerized system may help you with information on your account.
bulletServices begin when a party comes to the Domestic Relations office for intake on a first come, first served basis.   A Domestic Relations Intake Officer interviews the client and, if eligible, assists the client in determining the best method for addressing the problem.  Most often the session will result in the client  filing a complaint or petition for modification of the support order.  A conference requiring both parties' attendance is scheduled by court order and notice is served.
bulletThe joint conference is conducted before a Domestic Relations Conference Officer.   If mutual agreement regarding support, payment of medical bills,... can be reached at this conference, both parties are asked to sign an agreement which becomes a court order after being signed by the judge.
bulletEffective January 1, 1996, due to changes in the PA Rules of Civil Procedure, if the parties cannot reach an agreement, the Conference Officer determines an interim order of court by using the Statewide Support Guidelines.  The interim order is signed by a judge and remains in effect until the case is heard de novo by a Domestic Relations Master at the earliest possible date.  The Hearing Master hears relevant information and arguments.  At the conclusion of the hearing, the Master files findings of fact and a recommended order.  That order stands and as interim order for ten (10) days.   Unless exceptions are filed to the recommendation and order, the order becomes a final order.  If exceptions are timely filed, the matter is reviewed by a judge.
bulletWhen one party does not appear for the joint session, the Hearing Officer will recommend to the court an order of support based on available information.  If signed by the judge, this recommendation becomes an order of court.  Either party has ten (10) days to demand a hearing before a Domestic Relations Master.  If a demand is made, the order becomes and interim order and the matter is listed for a hearing before a Domestic Relations Master.
bulletOnce an order of support is set, the Domestic Relations Section acts as an agent of the court to enforce the order, to settle disputes that arise over the order, and to collect and distribute payments as directed.  In 1996, there were 8,200 cases.
1965 $403,248 1970 $879,593
1975 $1,495,349 1980 $2,559,555
1985 $4,217,484 1990 $6,796,369
1993 $9,763,681 1996 $10,695,229

Source:  the Daily News, April 9, 1995


In order to secure support for a child born out of wedlock, the Domestic Relations Section assists in the establishment of paternity.  This involves the scheduling of genetic testing.  Effective Match 31, 1996, because of changes to the PA Rules of Civil Procedure, Hearing Officers are authorized to enter default findings of paternity if the defendant, after appropriate service, fails to attend either an office hearing or a genetic testing appointment.  If paternity is established, the matter proceeds as in any other action for support.


Many accounts are in some form of delinquency.  Records are checked periodically manually and by the statewide computer system (PACSES) or whenever complaints are received from the plaintiff, the Department of Public Welfare, attorneys or other involved parties.  Action is then taken to have the account brought current.


All orders of support handled by the Domestic Relations Section must be wage attached.  This is probably the single most effective tool in the collection of regular, timely support payments.  Effective collection by use of wage attachments requires keeping current information about the defendant's place of employment and having good lines of communication with the employers involved.  At times, enforcement action must be taken against employers as well as defendants.


Although wage attachments are the most frequently used collection tool, there are other methods used to collect support.  These include telephone contacts, correspondence, office conferences, having a client report weekly on his or her employment status and attachment of income tax refunds and unemployment compensation.


If these are unsuccessful, the enforcement officers may issue a petition for contempt to have the defendant appear before the court to show cause why he or she should not be found in contempt.  The enforcement section first conducts a conference with these defendants to attempt to resolve the matter without a judicial hearing.   If the matter cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the plaintiff, defendant and Domestic Relations Section, disposition of the matter is then up to the judge who will make an order which might include attachment of wages, incarceration, payment of arrears in full, or continuation of the matter for later review by the court.  In the event the defendant, after proper service, fails to appear, the judge may issue a bench warrant.


In order to perform these duties, the Domestic Relations Section cooperates with many other federal, state, county and community agencies in trying to serve the residents of Lebanon County.


All cases administered by DRS are input into the statewide computer system (PA Child Support Enforcement System (PACSES).