In 2019, I lost re-election due to partisan politics. This is NOT a political office. It is a multi-million dollar county office that should be managed by a competent, experienced leader. First inspired to serve as Recorder of Deeds in 2007, I saw the need for change in an office that was antiquated and fraught with problems. Not only did it have a reputation for poor service, but there was also an air of suspicion hanging over it with the former Recorder being investigated for embezzlement within the office. Helping convict the former Recorder, I then proceeded to transform the office into a model for other counties. Unfortunately, in the past few years under the current administration, the office is again in decline due to lack of experience and poor management. Taxpayers deserve better. The Recorder of Deeds is more than just recording a deed. It requires relevant experience, work history, and a commitment to the taxpayers of Berks. I have proven I can do the job well.
My ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS BERKS COUNTY RECORDER OF DEEDS:
I reduced annual expenses by more than $2 million per year while still turning over a surplus to the County each year.
Made all documents recorded in Berks since 1752 available online in a fully searchable retrieval system with off-site backup.
Implemented electronic recording to greatly reduce the time spent to record each document, end unnecessary paper shuffling, and allow documents to be recorded within minutes of submission.
Over time, reduced the staff level through attrition from 24 to 9, providing a huge cost savings in salary and benefits to the taxpayers.
Instituted a Veteran's ID Card program in conjunction with the Recorder of Deed's role in maintaining records on the veteran discharges.
Implemented procedures to cut costs in other County departments, such as Agricultural Land Preservation, Assessment/Mapping, and the Planning Commission.