Incumbent Pettis County Recorder of Deeds Barbara Clevenger met with supporters Friday morning to announce her intention to seek reelection in November.
Clevenger, a Republican first elected in 2010, said she has overseen a number of improvements since taking office and believes her experience and service-related approach should help convince voters to give her another term. The recorder of deeds is responsible for maintaining property records, marriage licenses, military service discharge papers and other official county documents.
“The recorder’s office records Pettis County history one document at a time,” Clevenger told a crowd of supporters and family members at the Pettis County Courthouse. “When I walked into the office on Jan. 1, 2011, I had many expectations and goals to achieve. Since then I have enhanced our software and added new services for the good of the citizens of Pettis County.”
Noting that the Recorder’s Office maintains paper records from as far back as 1833, since taking office she has overseen the scanning of nearly 50,000 records including 8,000 land records, 132 years of marriage records and nearly 8,500 DD214 military discharge documents.
“Our document images and indexing are available through our software from July 1992 to the present,” Clevenger said, adding that she hopes to continue the scanning process if re-elected.
Clevenger also has implemented a “replication service” meant to back up county documents on an off-site computer server. She said the off-site servers mean that in the event of a natural disaster or other serious incident, the Recorder’s Office “could be up and running in a mater of hours.”
The Recorder’s Office also began accepting digital records from local businesses, banks and title companies. During her remarks, Clevenger thanked her staff and stressed that though more and more documents will be handled digitally she will still focus on good customer service for visitor’s to the office.
Another such service Clevenger began offering during her first term is Property Fraud Alert, a free service which allows landowners the option of registering their name with the office’s software company so that they may be alerted when deeds are filed in their name.
“I have so much more I want to do as Recorder,” Clevenger said. “I would appreciate your support.”
Filing for county offices opens Feb. 25.