Barry County Recorder of Deeds questionnaire: Angela Coones
1. If you win the election, what are your plans for the future? Do you plan to continue running in future elections, and if so how many?
My future plans for the office will be to keep providing a prompt and accurate service of recording public records and maintain them with the most updated technology possible. I will continue to add the archive records to our online esearch system, to benefit the numerous patrons that use our services daily. In addition, providing continued education for my staff and myself to keep up with the latest state and federal requirements. I have always enjoyed being helpful to the community that I live in. I feel this is my way of insuring that future generations will have adequate records. My plans are to continue to serve in this field for my entire career.
2. What is your experience with Real Estate and how will that help you in the recorder position? and How familiar are you with maps and reading for section, township and range?
I started in real estate in 1996, when I went to work for Senator Emory Melton at his title company, Barry County Abstract. While employed there attended yearly title school classes to learn how to read maps, surveys, plats, etc. Not just reading, but the art of plotting or drawing land legals to scale which is a very tedious process. My years of experience have taught me to understand the meaning and effects of easements, rights-of-way, encumbrances, restrictions, probate documents, transfer documents, court documents, tax liens and lis pendens just to name a few. I know the difference between a plat and a survey, a subdivision and a metes and bound description and what a chain of title is. In 2005, I became the closing agent for Asbury Land Title. My duties included preparing transfer and closing documents in compliance with HUD and RESPA and maintaining and reconciling of multi-million dollar escrow accounts. I have learned and lived this on a daily basis for the last 25 years.
3. How comfortable are you with using computers and e-recording technology?
Currently, I serve as the Deputy Recorder and have done so for the past 5 years. I am very familiar and experienced with the software that we use daily in the Recorderís Office. Currently, we are using Resolution with Cott Systems for our title indexing and scanning documents. Our e-recording that many title companies and other vendors use is through Mobilis Technologies. Both companies provide Barry County with the most updated technology possible in the industry.