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Portage County Recorder

Responsibilities: To record deeds, mortgages, plats, liens, and other written instruments. Term is 4 years.

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    Lori Calcei

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    Leighann Fink

Biographical Information

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Education Graduated from Mogadore High School. Graduate of Leadership Portage County, Ohio Township Academy and JAD Leadership Institute.
Training & Experience Current Portage County Recorder, Fiscal Officer for Suffield Township 12 years. Deputy Fiscal Officer of Portage County District Library. Completed 78 hours of Ohio Recorders' Association continuing education. Completed Certified Public Records and Ethics Training.
When I took over as the Portage Country Recorder 4 years ago, I faced several challenges including outdated technology. During my first term, I have been able to upgrade the technology for 4 of our main functions including a new land-recording computer system, implementing e-Recording of documents, scanning and electronically releasing the recorded plats, and appropriately redacting and releasing documents that were scanned under previous recorders. These upgrades and enhancements have made the office more effective and efficient while making the documents more accessible. As I move forward as the Portage County Recorder, the challenge continues to be the balance between upgrading technology while maintaining security and preservation of the important information that is recorded in my office. I will continue to upgrade systems and technology as appropriate to benefit the office and the community.
I have been the Portage County Recorder for the last 4 years. During this time, I have built a great relationship with my staff, abstractors, attorneys and the community. I fully understand the functions and day to day requirements of being a successful recorder. I not only understand the importance of managing the office, but I also work every day alongside my staff to record, preserve and make accessible the important documents recorded in the office. In addition to my time as your Portage County Recorder, I have been a devoted public servant for the last 12 years. I have represented Suffield Township as their Fiscal Officer since 2008 and was the Deputy Fiscal Officer for the Portage County District Library. I am a board member of Leadership Portage County, a member of Celebrate Portage and Portage County Township Association Secretary/Treasurer. My background clearly shows my dedication to Portage County and my passion for servicing all the residents of Portage County.
Age 43
Education B.A. Franklin and Marshall- Government, M.A. Ohio State- Educational Policy, J.D. Capital - Law.
Training & Experience Director of Litigation, Levy & Associates, Judicial Attorney- Ninth and Tenth District Courts of Appeal, Managing Attorney- Cordell Cleveland, and Of Counsel- Roetzel and Andress.
I have spoken with a number of practitioners, business persons, and those involved in economic development- the major challenges are outdated software, a website that is less than user- friendly, and the efficiency with which documents are available to the public. These challenges all pose impediments to the growth and development of Portage County. As Recorder, I plan to research other fiscal and recorder’s websites, and work with a website developer to make the Portage County site more navigable and user- friendly. I also plan to invest in new software and take a focused look at the efficiency in which the office itself is running. Change is difficult, however- the growth and prosperity of Portage County depends upon easy access to information and efficient delivery of that information to the public. I would educate citizens with quarterly programming on first time home ownership, debt consolidation and fraud. I would also create an internship program to keep young talent local.
First and foremost, my 16 years of working as an attorney, specifically as a Director of Litigation where I managed an office of 15 professionals, and as Of Counsel at Roetzel where I focus on education, public and appellate law. I am well versed in efficiently managing an office and making sure it is legally compliant. I would also note that my extensive training in leadership will greatly assist me with working with the community, business developers, and other County officials to create more growth and opportunity in Portage County. I am a graduate of Leadership Akron Class 36, a new member of Leadership Portage County 20-21, and I serve on the Boards of the Blick Center and Open Arms Adoptions. I am an Executive Board Member of Blick and I have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Ohioans with disabilities. I understand the importance of effective leadership and community participation- I have faced daunting tasks successfully and head-on.