FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Johnston County Register of Deeds Craig Olive and a team of office employees have been recognized with a 2007-08 Ralph W. Ketner Employee Productivity Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners for development of a program that allows businesses to electronically submit documents for recording at the Register of Deeds Office.
E-recording is an economical and speedy alternative to forcing customers to either physically drive to the courthouse or hire a courier to deliver documents for recording. Lenders, lawyers and professionals can simply e-mail documents to the Register of Deeds and – with the help of recording software – receive a recorded document for review and view the document online in a matter of minutes.
The county is able to increase staff productivity and reduce the need for new employees, and eliminate paper-handling processes and errors. Consumers save money that would be spent on fuel or a courier service and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from an increase in security of their information. From an environmental perspective, the new process saves trees used for paper.
While Johnston was the first county to adopt e-recording and the first to record a document that had been electronically notarized in North Carolina by an e-notary, several counties have already followed suit, including Wake, Yancey, Pender, Madison and Guilford.
Mr. Ralph Ketner of Food Lion, Inc. generously donates $10,000 annually to reward innovative county employees for their successful productivity improvements. Ten awards of $1,000 are presented each year. This year’s winners will be honored Aug. 22 during the NCACC’s 101st Annual Conference in Craven County.
During its 17 years of existence, the awards program has attracted 1,350 project applications representing more than $100 million in savings to North Carolina counties.
Two review committees made up of county commissioners, managers and staff, and School of Government representatives, met July 24 in Raleigh to consider entries and select the best productivity enhancements.
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