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TRANSYLVANIA County Register of Deeds

The Register of Deeds is elected in partisan elections every 4 years. The office is the custodian of documents recorded from the beginning of the county to the present day. It records real estate documents, births and deaths. The office also issues marriage licenses, handles notary commissions, military discharge recordings, and provides certified birth and death certificates, and other documents.

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    Cindy McCall Ownbey

Biographical Information

What experience do you bring that will makes you an effective Register of Deeds?

What is the most pressing need facing The Register of Deeds right now and how do you propose to address it?

What would you suggest needs to be done within the office of Register of Deeds so that it operates more effectively?

Age (optional) 49
Contact Phone (828) 883-8855
email address bownbey@comporium.net
Position/philosophy statement The Register of Deeds is the Record keeper of many vital records for the citizens. We enjoy serving all the people all the time.
I have worked in the Register of Deeds Office for a total of 29 years. Beginning as a Deputy, moving to Assistant and then serving as Register of Deeds for the past 17 of those years. I am part of our state association, (NCARD) North Carolina Association of Registers of Deeds, and as a result have served on many committees throughout the years on a local and state level. I also serve on the Blue Ridge Community College Office Administration Advisory Board. Hands on experience is key to this role. Having experience throughout the years is very important and aids in the continuity of information provided. I have that experience after being employed for 29 years and look forward to putting that experience to use for our citizens going forward.
Continuing to increase the electronic operations within the office is an ongoing need. We have been participating in electronic resources for several years already, and will continue to meet the growing demand as it becomes apparent. There are many facets to this answer considering all of the resources offered in this medium. This answer is very broad, but with limited space it would be difficult to explain all aspects. Just know we are state of the art and moving forward.
Continuing to participate in our State Association and local District meetings allows me to be privy to information affecting my office and keeps my staff and I up to date on any potential Legislative changes etc. I choose to be involved with these functions in order to effectively lead my office and keep training and knowledge in the forefront of the services we provide. This allows the office to operate more effectively in all areas.