To the editor:
As a Johnson County voter, I am writing to endorse our recorder, Jill Jackson, who is running for re-election.
Readers may wonder why anyone would be interested in an election for an office that is usually considered pretty low key. I certainly didn’t know all the duties of the recorder other than that’s where you file a deed, so I did what I guess we should all do — I looked it up.
According to the county government guide, “The county recorder function is to maintain permanent public records involving a wide variety of instruments. These documents detail transactions involved in real estate, mining, personal property, mortgages, liens, leases, subdivision plats, military discharges, personal bonds, etc.”
That’s more than I thought, but it sounds simple enough. I figured the job has probably been done the same way for decades, right? Wrong. I continued my investigation. Here is what I learned about Jill Jackson’s first three years as recorder. I’m going to list these in the order that they interested me. In her first term Ms. Jackson has:
Implemented 24-hour portal access (that means 24/7 access to the Recorder’s Office!)
Implemented e-recordings for online document submission.
Made surveys and plats available online.
Implemented one-day turnaround on recordings.
Purged 20 years of old records.
I was impressed to see that Ms. Jackson did a lot in her first three years. She didn’t just take the job and maintain the status quo. She improved it. Improved it again. And improved it some more. As a businessman, I like it when someone who works for me exceeds expectations.
I also learned that, among other things, Ms. Jackson is undertaking the monumental task of digitizing all county land records dating back to 1827 so that if we ever have another horrific flood like 2008, or heaven forbid, a fire — those records won’t be lost. Once digitalized, those records will be available online. Wow.
Personally, I think those are awesome achievements. In fact, they impressed me sufficiently that I felt motivated to write this letter. I don’t know Jill Jackson personally, and I’m not involved in her campaign in any way. I just took the time to find out what this office does and what the officeholder has accomplished before I cast a vote. And both my wife and I are impressed.
We think Jill Jackson deserves a second term. She has the votes of the Denney family.