Paul graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in Government and received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Prior to becoming Register of Wills, Paul was an Assistant County Attorney in Carroll and Frederick Counties and he was Counsel to the Maryland State Unemployment Board of Appeals. He also was in private practice for a period of time. In between Lehigh and UB he worked as a sales representative for Hall's Motors.
Over the years, Paul has been involved with the Carroll County Arts Council (past President and Board member), Carroll Players (past President and Board member), the Carroll County Chapter of the American Cancer Society and Carroll Hospice, through Camp TR. He is the Director and co-founder of FoolProof Improvisational Theatre, an acting troupe comprised of high school students from throughout Carroll County, performing scenes dealing with drug abuse and other societal issues, before schools and rehabilitation centers.
Paul Zimmermann is the 17th Register of Wills for Carroll County. John Baumgartner was the very first Register, taking office on April 10, 1837. Joseph M. Parke served two separate terms, from 1853 to 1865, and from 1867 to 1873. Reese Starner served the longest, from 1966 until 1995.