15-year Recorder’s Office veteran announces election bid

Shawnyne Garren

Shawnyne Garren


A 15-year veteran in the Douglas County Recorder’s Office is seeking election to the office.

On Wednesday, Shawnyne Garren announced she would seek the position.

Filing for elected office is March 7-18.

As administrative services manager since 2018, Garren supervises the staff and oversees the day-to-day operations in both the recorder’s office and records management divisions.

“I have assisted in maintaining our county’s most important records, transferring real estate, subdivision plats and surveys, federal and state tax liens, military discharges and marriage certificates,” she said. “The work is very interesting, and I truly love my job and serving the public.”

Garren has spent most of her career serving under Karen Ellison who announced her retirement after 14 years in office.

Garren began as a recording clerk, when Werner Christen was recorder then moved up to recording supervisor in 2016.

“I am grateful for the mentorship and guidance that Karen has provided me over the years,” Garren said. “She has not only offered tremendous support throughout my endeavors to further my education and professional career, but I also consider her a friend. She has challenged me to always bring my very best and supported a multitude of opportunities for me to showcase my interests and passions along the way.”

Throughout her years with the recorder’s office, Garren has served as lead project manager and department liaison over a multitude of technology-related projects, including the conversion and implementation of updated recording software, redaction, digitization and indexing of historic land and marriage records, and the recently launched recording notification service. She also serves as the department’s website administrator. She managed the massive conversion of 1.3 million recorded documents to digital storage, modernizing the department, a long-time goal for the team.

Prior to starting her career with the county, she was a licensed Realtor and property manager.

Garren is a 2016 graduate of Leadership Douglas County, member of Property Records Industry Association and County Fiscal Officers Association, member and immediate past-president of the local ARMA chapter, an international records management and information governance organization, and serves as the secretary of the Recorders Association of Nevada.

She serves as a board member for Austin's House and is a longtime volunteer of the long-time charitable organization, Fore The Kids. She also has volunteered for many youth organizations over the years.

Married to Ed Garren for 24 years, she has four sons.

She, her husband and all of her children are Douglas High graduates, she holds a bachelors of science from Western Governors University.

To learn more about her background, skills, qualifications and more, visit https://www.garrenfordouglas.com or contact her directly at 775-450-2534.


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