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Durham 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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    Sharon A. Davis
    (Dem)

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Age (optional) 63
Contact Phone (919) 257-7808
Position/philosophy statement I am a public servant. My job is to provide the best customer experience to the citizens of Durham and the State of North Carolina.
Experience Matters. I have over 30 years of experience in the Register of Deeds office. I have worked my way up from a temporary position, to deputy, assistant, chief assistant and have served as the Register since June 1, 2016. I have the institutional knowledge, as well as a Juris Doctorate degree, which enables me to perform the duties as the Register of Deeds.
The most important issue facing the Register of Deeds office is to effectively serve the citizens of Durham County and the surrounding community as we deal with the pandemic. The pandemic has created challenges for our citizens who do not have access to computer or the internet as we try to move to a more remote and electronic environment.
There are several initiatives that would allow the Register of Deeds office to run more effectively and enhance our current level of service. Fraud Detention Notification Service -The service gives the customer the ability to monitor documents filed under their name in the ROD Office. The property owner would sign up to receive notification of a filing. If an alert is received, the property owner would take the appropriate action to resolve the issue. Office Hour Expansion Pilot - Expand office hours to include additional hours of operation so that citizens who work will have an opportunity to be served outside normal business hours. Records Management System - The ROD invested in technology 20 years ago when an electronic search system was purchased. While that system has served us well over the years, digital record management technology has vastly improved. We will research other record management systems that could improve processes and make the office more efficient. As part of the review, we would consider user input to determine new features. Improved Disaster Recovery - In March of 2020, Durham City and County Governments suffered malware attacks. As a result of this attack, the need to Improve data recovery in the event future disasters has been a priority. Data replication services are being research to find the best solution for the office of the Register of Deeds.