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Office sought: DuPage Recorder of Deeds
Family: Married, three children
Occupation: Dupage County Recorder
Education: Knox College, Galesburg, Il, B.A., 1977
Civic involvement: Elmhurst Elks, West Chicago Lions Club, Illinois Farm Bureau
Elected offices held: Dupage County Recorder, Milton Township Republican Committeeman, Winfield Township Republican Committeeman
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No
Key Issue 1
Continue the existing fraud prevention programs and the redaction of personal information from Dupage County land records.
Key Issue 2
Promote the use of existing electronic recording in order to save taxpayer dollars which has currently produced a reduction in the number of employees in the Recorder's Office.
Key Issue 3
Continue the free access to Dupage County land records. Maintain and improve the systems in place in order to ensure the continuity of that access in the event of a man made or natural disaster.
Is there a technology that would improve the flow of business in the recorder's office and provide easier access to the public? What would the return on investment be?
The technology does exist and was first used by the Dupage Recorder's office in Illinois. Electronic recording facilitates the recording process for both the submitter and the recorder's office. Operations have been streamlined, office headcount has been reduced and labor costs and turnaround time for all parties to the real estate transaction have been saved. Access to this information is a separate issue. All land records in Dupage County from 1961 are freely available on the Internet.
How would go about improving government transparency?
When I assumed the duties as Recorder, I took on an obligation to serve the public. The amount and quality of information provded on the office website as well as through the actions and attitudes of all office staff is there to promote transparency. This is a daily habit of my office. The public deserves no less.