Pettis County Recorder of Deeds Barbara Clevenger formally announced her reelection campaign at a brief gathering Friday morning outside her office at the Pettis County Courthouse.
With her were her supporters including her husband Phil and their family.
Clevenger has served as recorder since Jan. 1, 2011. Since then, she said she has enhanced the software in the office and added new services for Pettis County citizens.
Her office contains records that date back to 1833. Since 2011m her office has added approximately 8,000 land records to the software program, as well as 160 years of marriage records, 50,000 records real estate transactions and 8,500 DD214 (military discharge) images.
“What this means is we can now obtain copies of these images without searching through our index books and printing the images from microfish cards,” she said. “To speed up the process of adding our older documents, I have purchased a new Microfilm/MicroFish scanner so that we can continue to add images in-house.”
A replication service now backs up daily images to an offsite server, she Clevenger noted. Also, individuals and businesses can now send documents to her office electronically, she said. “Do I think this ill ever replace personal, over-the-counter services? No, nothing can replace the service you receive from local businesses, banks and title companies. Electronic recording is just another option.”
Clevenger was asked what her favorite part of the job is.
“I love the history of it and I love working at the counter with Pettis County citizens. If they call I’m going to be the one answering the phone,” she said.
We do about 300 marriage licenses a year, so it’s mostly land records and recording deeds, that type of thing,” Clevenger said of her daily duties. “It used to be that February was marriage month, but not so much anymore. It’s all spread out. ”
Clevenger credited the hard work of her staff, including Kathy, Kathryn and Lori. “We are a team and we are here to serve Pettis County,” she said.
“One thing I want to add – I am not finished and I have so much more I want to do as a Recorder. I will be seeking re-election (on the Republican ticket), I would appreciate your support.” Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia Weekly Observer.