YAKIMA, Wash. — A Yakima County probation employee said, if elected, he would make the Yakima County Clerk’s office operate more efficiently.

Steve Driscoll, an 18-year county employee, announced his candidacy as a Republican on Tuesday.

Driscoll, 40, is the third candidate to declare for the position currently held by Kim Eaton, who has yet to announce whether she will run to retain the seat.

He said communication between the clerk’s office and other departments in the courthouse needs to be improved. Juvenile Court also should be updated to an electronic filing system, he said.

“We’re still using a lot of paper,” he said in telephone interview.

He also said there is no electronic filing for scheduling. Being able to schedule certain proceedings electronically, such as pleas and motions, would quicken the process rather than hand-carrying documents to the clerk’s office during business hours.

In a news release, Driscoll said his experience representing the probation department in court proceedings gives him the necessary background for the job. An intake officer for juvenile court, he serves as a court representative for the juvenile probation department and oversees bookings, filing of reports and makes recommendations for criminals on behalf of the juvenile probation department.

“The county clerk’s office is in desperate need of a leader that exemplifies proficiencies in conducting management analysis, problem-solving skills, coordination of programs with other departments to expedite work and improve interdepartmental performance, and oversight of services ensuring strict compliance with policies and laws in a tactful and diplomatic manner,” he said in the statement.

Driscoll said he would focus on four areas if elected: improving coordination between court and judicial staffs; pursuing restitution and other charges owed by defendants; ensuring training and development of clerk’s staff; and providing better service to the public.

Driscoll, a Yakima resident, is married and has a 15-year-old son. His wife, Lisa Acosta-Driscoll, is a school counselor for the Wapato School District.

More information about his campaign is available at www.driscollforclerk.com.

The other announced candidates are Kathleen Carter and Janelle Riddle, both former employees of the clerk’s office running as Republicans.