Candidates for Rock Island recorder tell why they want the job


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Posted Online: Oct. 10, 2012, 10:07 pm
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By Stephen Elliott, selliott@qconline.com
Name: Tony Holland

Party: Republican



Address:
P.O. Box 59, Silvis (campaign address); did not want his home address printed

Age: 24



Education:
Associate's of Arts in General Studies from Black Hawk College and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western Illinois University.



Occupation:
Chief legislative aide for Illinois State Rep. Richard Morthland, R-Cordova.



Previous elected office:
None.



Political experience
: Intern in 2010 for both Bobby Schilling for Congress and the Committee to Elect Rich Morthland

Why are you running for office? What do you feel are the most important issues in this office?

"Because I believe in serving the community that helped to raise me. I am an Eagle Scout, and I learned how to not only work with others to reach a common goal, but also how to lead and supervise with success.



"One of the most important issues facing this office, as with many county offices, is a lack of transparency and accountability. I support an effort to show the taxpayers what money is spent on, and will go as far as working to get a system similar to Comptroller (Judy Baar) Topinka's "the Ledger" here in Rock Island County.

"Next, I feel that the office could be more accessible and efficient, and while in office, I will work on getting decades of records added to our online resources."



Do you feel the office is antiquated? Does it need to get with the times?


"The county currently has all records in book or paper form, which is great. But in order to do the job properly and to permanently maintain records, we do need to expand the current system we have to hold more online records.

"There's absolutely no reason people should be going and searching through handwritten books in the 1800s. That's information people should be able to get through the computer resources that we have. I would like to see that in my first four years."

Name: Kelly Fisher

Party: Democrat

Address: 4435 Parkview Court, Rock Island

Age: 44

Education: High school graduate

Occupation: Chief deputy recorder - Rock Island County



Previous elected office:
None



Political experience:
Former precinct committeeman. Ran for alderman - city of Rock Island.

Why are you running for office? What do you feel are the most important issues in this office?

"Because I have been part of this office for over 20 years. I have been the chief deputy for 18 of those years. I believe that I have the experience and qualifications to lead this office. Working for the county has been a great opportunity to serve the public.

"We are a fiscally responsible office and a revenue creator for the county. We serve the taxpayers openly and honestly. The most important issue in this office is to continue to be progressive in the recording of property records.

"We have made our records more accessible to the users of the office and also to the general public. I plan to continue this practice and also expand our e-recording base. I plan to promote the importance of the recorder's office.

"Many people do not realize what the recorder's office does. That is something I would like to change.

Do you feel the office is antiquated? Does it need to get with the times?

"Absolutely not (antiquated). It's one of the most up-to-date offices in the state. We've had searchers all the way from St. Louis and Des Moines come into the office and absolutely love our system.

"If you've never been there, it (office) doesn't look real pretty. It doesn't have a lot of frills as far as day-to-day operations. But it is fantastic. The only thing I'd like to look at is putting more of the older records onto the computer system. But there is quite a bit of cost involved in that.

"Records date back to 1982 on the computer. The images are to 1992. Certainly, as is the case with any office, you'd like to get all records on the computer."




Recorder of Deeds

Pay: $90,000 annually:

Number of employees: 11

Duties of office: Mainatains public documents such as deeds, mortgages, corporation papers, liens, veteran's discharge papers, plats and instruments pertaining to the Uniform Commercial Code. These documents comprise the largest library of permanent property records in the county. Public access is provided by way of books, computers and microfilm.












 



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