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Douglas County Register of Deeds

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    Kent Brown

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Personal Biography Kent Brown has lived in Douglas County for most of his life. He loves to read books and spend time with friends. Kent has a B.A. in English with a Business Minor from KU and a Master's in Business Administration from Baker University. Kent has served as Deputy Register of Deeds since 2015 and has a decade of experience in the real estate records industry. He is a Certified Deputy Register of Deeds and a Certified Public Manager. Kent has been groomed to replace current Register Kay Pesnell.
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Education B.A. in English with Business Minor from University of Kansas; Master's Degree in Business Administration from Baker University; Certified Deputy Register of Deeds from Kansas State University; Certified Public Manager from University of Kansas; Leadership Lawrence Class of 2020
Community/Public Service Has volunteered with Friends of the Lawrence Public Library and Toys for Tots; Current Member of Douglas County GIS Committee; Assisted Register of Deeds Association with data collection; Former Member of Douglas County Sustainability Team; Participant in numerous charity events; 8 years of public service in Register of Deeds Office
Address PO Box 1988 Lawrence, KS 66044
I learned that leadership often matters more than management. People will respect a good manager, but they follow a good leader. I have lead the Register of Deeds office through unprecedented changes and I learned that I have to generate enthusiasm and share the vision with coworkers and customers. Management is telling each person what their role is in a process. Leadership is building passion for the project and listening to concerns and ideas. Learning to blend these two concepts has been the most successful lesson in my career.
I'm qualified because I've proven that I can do the job. I have served as acting Register of Deeds at points and was able to run the office seamlessly. I've pursued credentials that speak to my dedication to the office. But more so, my experience and track record speak for themselves. I have relationships with staff, other departments, and industry partners - many of whom have endorsed me.

I have proven to the people of Douglas County that I can do the job well and lead progressive change. Current Register, Kay Pesnell, has done an excellent job of including me in every aspect of her responsibilities and allowing me to make some major improvements of my own. I know this office better than anyone. I know it's strengths and weaknesses. I've recorded about 20,000 documents. I'm experienced and I'm educated. My campaign platforms are natural extensions of the progress I've already brought to this office.
1- Searchability of historical records. All of our records are digitally accessible. But they are not always easily searchable. Many documents have no data entry and can be difficult to find. Improving this is important because researchers, historians, and homeowners need to be able to find pertinent records. 2- Streamlining Processes. Most documents are processed in a matter of minutes. But there are exceptions such as Federal Tax Liens and plats. Streamlining is important because customers expect prompt service. Furthermore, document security comes in to play. The longer the office has custody of a document without recording it, the larger the likelihood of mishaps. 3- Responsiveness to public demand. - One core function of an elected official is to listen to the people. Elected officials must have an open and trustworthy communication with the public. I've proven my willingness to listen and engage. Our online records accessibility was the result of public feedback.