Douglas County Recorder Karen Ellison has announced that she will seek re-election in 2014. The office records documents that evidence claims on real property such as deeds, deeds of trust, liens, and easements. Douglas County has the third most recordings in the state following Clark and Washoe counties. The recorder also manages the Records Management Center located near the airport which is the repository for records generated by the various departments of Douglas County.
During her five years in office, Ellison’s goal has been to improve the service of her office through technology. Real property records recorded prior to 2004 were available on film and microfiche, which are extremely cumbersome to research. Today she has digitized most of these records and has provided for their electronic access from 1982 to the present. This period includes the decade from 1997 to 2006 which saw the greatest number of recordings in any decade in the history of the county. Ellison is currently evaluating new recording systems that will improve the efficiency of her office in anticipation of an increase in volume due to an improving economy.
“I believe I have the technical knowledge and experience with the documents that we record every day to address the majority of issues or questions that arise,” she said. “I have demonstrated the management skills necessary to improve services to our users and the efficiency of the office through technology while managing the cost of operating our office within the cost constraints imposed by the downturn in the economy.”
Ellison said she is proud of her staff for providing excellent customer service to the users of the recorder’s office and records center, and appreciates the friendly atmosphere that they create while serving the public.
Ellison was appointed recorder in 2008 after Recorder Werner Christen retired from the post. She was elected in her own right.
Ellison is a graduate of The University of Montana with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and has more than 20 years of experience in the title industry.
She and her husband have two children with one a senior in Douglas High School and the other in college.