New county recorder will be appointed on Feb. 7

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(Posted Jan. 23, 2023)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

At the end of last year, Plain City resident Chuck Reed stepped down as Madison County recorder, a position he held for 20 years. Two years remain on his current term. On Feb. 7, the Madison County Republican Central Committee (RCC) will appoint someone to serve out the term.

The RCC’s meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the Madison County Engineer’s Office, 825 U.S. Rte. 42, London. Anyone who would like to be considered for the appointment is asked to attend the meeting to share their qualifications and reasons for their interest in the position. Candidates also may submit a letter of interest and/or resume prior to the meeting, though such submissions are not required. Letters and resumes may be emailed to Michael Klamo, RCC secretary, at msk142@case.edu.

Because Reed is a Republican, the task of filling the vacancy falls to the RCC, however, candidates do not need to be Republican.

Rachel Fisher, who has served as deputy director in the recorder’s office for more than 25 years, is serving as interim county recorder until the committee makes an appointment on Feb. 7. Fisher has expressed interest in the appointment.

Reed’s service to the county
When asked why he resigned from the recorder’s position, Chuck Reed, 72, said, “It’s time to stay home and concentrate on getting things done around here and helping out with the grandchildren. It’s just time to slow down and turn it over to someone else.”

Starting in 1975, Reed spent more than two decades with the Sheriff’s Office, starting out as a deputy and retiring as a lieutenant. He then accepted the appointment to the recorder’s office in 2001.

“I had planned to retire from the Sheriff’s Office and be done, but then Jimmy Nelson passed away and a position opened at the recorder’s office,” Reed said. “I was approached by the county commissioners to see if I was interested in the job. I had no idea what it was about. I checked into it and thought it sounded like a good retirement job.”

The only time Reed faced opposition at election time was in 2002 when he ran for and won election to his first full, four-year term.

He said he is most proud of the work he and his staff have done to get more records online, making them more accessible to the public.

“Deeds are now online from 1810 to the present date,” he said.

The staff is making progress on getting other records, such as leases and mortgages, completely online, a requirement all county recorders must meet by 2025.

With these efforts have come upgrades to technology in the office.

“Before I retired, we were in the process of upgrading our computer system to a higher grade of technology. That should be done in 2023,” Reed said.

As for what he will miss about the recorder’s job, Reed pointed to the people who visited or called the office for help with geneaology and Century Farm research.

“I enjoyed going back into old records and maps, bringing everything forward, and getting everything together for people,” he said.

Board of Elections appointment
Another appointment is on the agenda for the Feb. 7 meeting. The Madison County Republican executive committee will appoint someone to one of the Republican seats on the county Board of Elections.

The Board of Elections is made up of four members, two Republicans and two Democrats. Terms are four years and staggered, with one Republican and one Democrat seat up for appointment every two years. Marci Bogenrife currently holds the Republican seat up for appointment.

Anyone interested in the position is asked to attend the Feb. 7 meeting to share their qualifications and reasons for their interest in the position. Candidates also may submit a letter of interest and/or resume prior to the meeting, though such submissions are not required. Letters and resumes may be emailed to Michael Klamo, RCC secretary, at msk142@case.edu.

The Madison County Democrat executive committee reappointed Paula Herald to the Democrat seat.

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