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The Carthage Press
  • For County Recorder of Deeds

  • The Carthage Press sent each of the three candidates a questionnaire with basic questions about the candidate's background and qualifications for the job. Here are their answers:
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  • The duties of the County Recorder of Deeds include reviewing, processing, recording and delivering back to the submitter all transfers of property and related documents in a timely manner. The recorder is responsible for indexing, scanning, microfilming and providing certified copies of surveys, plats, deeds, deeds of trust, assignments, release deeds, powers of attorney, deed restrictions, Federal and State tax liens, Uniform Commercial Code fixture filings, and other instruments of writing. The recorder's office also handles Marriage license and record Military Discharge papers at no charge. Three people are running for the Republican nomination for recorder of deeds. The winner of this race will likely win the office because there is no other opposition in the November general election. The Carthage Press sent each of the three candidates a questionnaire with basic questions about the candidate's background and qualifications for the job. Here are their answers.
     
    Name: Charlotte Feather Pickering
    Q. How long have you lived in Jasper County?
    A. All my life.
    Q. Talk about your background, family?
    A. I was raised in Sarcoxie with 5 brothers and 1 sister. My parents are Sam & Dorothy Feather. I married Doug Pickering in 1975 and we have a son, Jamie Pickering and a daughter, Samantha Burrington and 4 beautiful grandchildren.
    I was elected City Collector of Sarcoxie in 1988 and served 10 years and I then joined the Jasper County Title team and have been with them for 16 years.
    I have been very active with the Republican Party. My husband & I have served on the Jasper County Republican Central Committee and I have served as chairwoman for the 32nd District Senatorial Committee.
    Q. What made you decide to run for Recorder of Deeds?
    A. I have been employed at Jasper County Title (now Waco Title) for 16 years from where I work with the Recorders office on an almost daily basis, recording deeds for clients and researching old deeds.
    When Donna Grove announced she was retiring, several people approached me about running. I did some research on the job and talked to people in the Recorders offices around the state. I realized what an important job it was and thought with my background as a client, I could bring a fresh perspective to the office. I am excited by the challenge!
    Q. Why do you feel you are qualified to run for Recorder of Deeds?
    A. The biggest asset I bring is experience. I have been working with the public for the past 26 years. The first ten I served as the elected collector of my hometown of Sarcoxie and, as I mentioned before, spent the last 16 years with Jasper county/Waco Title recording and researching deeds.
    Q. What kind of challenges will the next Recorder of Deeds face in the coming years?
    Page 2 of 4 - A. One of my key goals as Recorder will be to make sure the office keeps up with the most up-to-date technology. Today’s world moves breathtakingly fast. We have to make sure record collecting, security and management maintain pace so Jasper County’s economy is not slowed. One of the first things I would like to implement is e-recording, a system being used successfully by many counties in Missouri.
    Q. What makes a good Recorder of Deeds?
    A. The Recorders office is one that often doesn’t get a lot of attention. But that doesn’t mean it is not a critically important office to the taxpayers of Jasper County. The records maintained by the office are the foundation that keeps our local economy sound, honest and trustworthy.
    The slogan I have chosen for my campaign is “efficiency, professionalism and customer service.” That will also be the way the office works if I an elected.
    I think having a Recorders office that provides quality work in a timely manner, demonstrates the professionalism that gives taxpayers confidence in our work, and have customer service that is second to none is something that the residents, property owners and business owners of Jasper County deserve.
    Q. Anything else you would like to tell the public?
    A. As this campaign has progressed, I have tried to meet as many residents of Jasper County as time allows. I want to get to know them and I want then to get to know me. Running for public office is a humbling experience and I an very humbled by the support I have received from Senator Ron Richard, Representative Tom Flanigan, both Waco and Abbey Title and the state Realtors Political Action Committee. I truly believe that by working together, we can all help keep Jasper County a great place to work, live and raise a family.
     
    Name: Doris Tatum
    Q. How long have you lived in Jasper County?
    A. I have lived in Jasper county about 35 years.
    Q. Talk about your background, family?
    A. I was first hired in the Recorders office in 1981 by Vesta Braham. My husband and I were married in 1983. After two years of marriage, we were blessed with our first son, Ryan. Again, in 1988 with our second, Riley.
    Due to my husband Calvin's employment at Consumers Market, I was fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom until my sons began pre-school. I then went back to work at the Recorders office. My husband and I have been married over 31 years and have two sons, both Marines. We have five grandchildren; four boys and one girl.
    Q. What made you decide to run for recorder of deeds?
    Page 3 of 4 - A. The recorder is the gatekeeper to the public records in the county. They are responsible for maintaining and preserving those records as well as maintaining an accurate index to locate same. Given this, the need for someone with job experience to run this office was the most important factor in my decision.
    I have been a public servant in this office for over 25 years serving as chief deputy for the past eight. I want to continue to provide the citizens of Jasper County and the public at large with the same efficient, quality service as they are accustomed to and deserve.
    Q. Why do you feel you are qualified to run for recorder of deeds?
    A. I have worked in the recorders office for three successive Recorders; Vesta Braham, Edie Neil and now Donna Grove. I am endorsed by both Edie Neil and Donna Grove. I have extensive knowledge of the duties of the Recorder, and of the laws regarding recording land records, marriage licenses and military discharge records. My qualifications are unmatched by either of my opponents.
    Q. What kind of challenges will the next recorder of deeds face in the coming years?
    A. With my many years of employment in this office I have faced numerous challenges and this experience has prepared me to confront any challenges I may face in the future. Certainly, keeping up with and implementing the everchanging technology is always challenging for any office and this office is no exception.
    Q. What makes a good recorder of deeds?
    A. Someone who understands and appreciates the processes involved in making and preserving public records in our county. Who loves the work - including lots of paperwork, is servant-minded and enjoys and appreciates working with the public.
    Q. Anything else you would like to tell the public?
    A. The purpose of the recorder is to maintain a comprehensive set of recorded documents; ensure that data is safely and permanently stored; provide public access to recorded documents; and maintain a solid audit trail of all monies collected. The recorder of deeds position is about being qualified and focused on creating a quality service for all patrons. Every customer is important to me and they will all be with the same respect.
     
    Name: Ron Hill
    Q: How long have you lived in Jasper County?
    A:  I’m a lifelong resident
    Q: Talk about your background, family?
    A: I grew up in Carthage and graduated from Carthage High School. I started working at 10 years of age, and have been ever since. I have been married to my beautiful wife for over 20 years. We have four children and seven grandchildren.
    Page 4 of 4 - Q: What made you decide to run for recorder of deeds?
    A: I saw the need for change in the running efficiency of the Recorder’s office. Jasper County is a class 1 County and we are currently behind a more modern class 3 County. Newton, McDonald, Vernon, and Dade Counties are all leaps and bounds ahead of us technologically. The employee’s don’t even have internet access in Jasper County.
    Q: Why do you feel you are qualified to run for recorder of deeds?
    A: I’ve always been a very hard worker and exceeded at all of my jobs. I take great pride in my work and strive to go above and beyond the expectations. I’ve looked into the qualifications for the job and I meet every one.
    Q: What kind of challenges will the next recorder of deeds face in the coming years?
    A: The most important challenge that the future recorder will have to face will be the integration of advanced technology and help the office perform more efficiently.
    Q: What makes a good recorder of deeds?
    A: the Recorder needs to be respectful, approachable, hardworking, and diligent.
    Q: Anything else you would like to tell the public?
    A: The most common complaint I’ve heard is when people come into the office they are treated without respect and talked down to. Unfortunately, I’ve been told that people hate to do business with the Jasper County Recorder’s office. That’s something I intend to change immediately. The word experience is being overused! All of these problems are occurring with 25 years of experience. We don’t need any more years of that same experience! August 5th, I would appreciate your vote for Ron Hill.

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