Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Honors Craig Olive

Register of Deeds Olive honored at annual surveyors convention 


Craig Olive accepting award from NC Secretary of State


            RALEIGH– Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive was the guest of honor last Thursday at the annual North Carolina Surveyors Society convention in Greenville in a gathering where the future of mapmaking was on display.

            Surveyors spent most of their day learning how to record maps electronically with county governments versus using the ages-old paper based system which often results in delaying projects and leaving property owners and lenders frustrated with the pace of real estate transactions.

            North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine F. Marshall was a keynote speaker to the convention, where she pointed out that North Carolina is leading the country through establishing the legal foundation, security measures, and standard setting for the use of this technology. She noted her Department’s leadership to improve North Carolina’s business climate through technology.

            Secretary Marshall paused in her remarks to describe how the Johnston County Register of Deeds Office has already recorded surveyor maps electronically—the first county in the nation to have achieved that status.

            “Once again North Carolina becomes a national leader in a new area of electronic commerce,” Secretary Marshall told the crowd. “And once again, we tell the business people of this nation why our state keeps winning national titles for business climate.”

            Secretary Marshall then surprised Registrar Craig Olive with an Honorary Keeper of the Constitution award for his continuing leadership modernizing how registers of deeds offices can use technology to speed up government recordkeeping.

            “It is an honor to receive this prestigious award from Secretary of State Elaine Marshall,” Registrar Olive said after the event. “We must be visionaries to keep up with the changing pace of our ever changing business world.  I am honored to be a public servant for the people of Johnston County.”

            Secretary Marshall also pointed out that Johnston County’s work to modernize recordkeeping made those filings easier for the public to see and to use.

            “I take great pride in maintaining our public records and providing easy accessibility to the citizens and business sector.” Registrar Olive said.


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