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County Recorder talks future plans if re-elected

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Clay County Recorder Joseph Mark Dierdorf, a Democrat, is running for re-election in the upcoming Primary election.

"I'm currently in this office and love it to death," Dierdorf said. "I would like to continue it."

Dierdorf served as county recorder from 1997-2002 before becoming county auditor.

He was auditor until 2006 when he was elected as county recorder again.

He has spent a total of 10 years as county recorder.

Some of his accomplishments as recorder include: upgrading the computer system to digital imagining, securing all the records in the office by microfilm and indexing the records into the computer system, making it faster to search and allows for more search parameters.

Dierdorf also has plans for the future if re-elected.

"We are on the verge of enabling electronic recording," he said, explaining that instruments must pass through the assessor and auditor's office before being recorded. "Through electronic recording, we would receive the instrument electronically, forward it through the system to the assessor and auditor. If there's a problem with the instrument lacking something, we could shoot it back to them instead of sending it back through the mail."

Dierdorf explained the new system would save time and money.

"I've been told we could receive the instrument back with the changes within an hour," he said. "That means savings to the citizen."

Dierdorf was born and lived most of his life in Clay County. He is married with one son, farming and raising animals such as hogs, rabbits and goats.

For nine years, Dierdorf has played in the Brazil Concert Band.

He is also involved in the Jackson Township Band and is a member of St. John's United Church of Christ.

Dierdorf said his first priority is serving the public.

"Whether someone needs help in our office or in the courthouse in general, I'd like to think we have a good reputation to try and make things easier when doing business in the courthouse," he said.