Over the last 30 years I have learned the value of the public record. As a licensed title officer, I became well versed in the laws that affect real estate. I understand the way each record alters title. As a Super-User based out of the public search room of the Recorder’s Office for the last several decades I have seen the strengths and weaknesses of each of the previous four county recorders. Additionally, traveling throughout Utah and searching in several, if not most of the counties in Utah, I found the Utah County Recorder’s Office to be the most advanced, technologically proficient, precise and helpful in all of the state and recognize that in many of ways the Recorder’s office has been a leader in the nation. Most of what happens in the Utah County Recorder's Office is already excellent.
Over the years, my experience includes records research which has benefited:
Local title insurance agencies and title insurance underwriters
Federal, state, county, and local municipality agencies
Real estate companies, agents, brokers and lenders
Law firms, lawyers, and law enforcement agencies
Builders, developers, surveyors and engineers
"Mom and Pop" property owners
Researching these records, I have become keenly aware of the value to all, the public record and of the consequences of inaccurate abstracting or records that are not promptly processed and published.
I pledge to increase the speed with which the recorded information becomes public. During my career, I have observed occasions when the promptness of the process, or lack thereof, has put stress on other county departments and the super users themselves. On occasions, this stress makes it difficult to continue doing business. Over the last year as an employee of the Recorder’s Office, I have worked to help my fellow staff members catch up in their respective areas of work. I know what it takes to improve process efficiency.
My leadership style promotes two-way communication with all team members and an understanding both their concerns and their ideas. I educate and share the experience that I have gained and help each person progress in their respective responsibilities. I am a hands-on manager, but not to the point of micro-managing. I allow others to have both responsibility and accountability.
There is some confusion about what the policies are in force for the Recorder's Office. I will work to develop a dynamic document that clarifies department policies. A dynamic document is essential as the laws are continually changing for real property, and all staff members must be on the same page.
I will work directly with other agencies and departments in the county so that they are better able to use the information from the Recorder’s Office to perform their duties. My work ethic demands that I will be in the office and available both to the employees of the department and also the public.