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Interesting Facts About Carmella Sabaugh


Welcome to the information page about Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh.  Below you will find biographical information, accomplishments and interesting facts about Carmella.

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Biographical Information

Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh was born in Detroit. Orphaned at age eight, Carmella was raised by an aunt and uncle and later graduated from Denby High School. She also attended Wayne State University.

A Warren resident since the1970s, Carmella was elected to the Warren City Council from 1975-1979. She was elected Warren City Clerk in 1979. Carmella was first elected Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds in 1992 and was re-elected in 1996, 2000 and 2004.
The mother of five children, graduates of Warren Woods Public Schools and Michigan colleges and universities, Carmella was honored as Italian American "Woman of the Year" in 2005 by the Italian Cultural Center.
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Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh

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The Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Office has been the recipient of 48 National Association of Counties (NACo) Awards since 1993. CLICK HERE

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Accomplishments and Interesting Facts Related Articles

VETERANS PHOTO ID CARDS  Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh issues photo identification cards to Macomb County veterans. “The veterans photo ID card is one small way businesses and the county can say thank you to Macomb County’s veterans, while helping the local economy, without any additional cost to the county,” said Sabaugh.

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GOOGLE APPS   Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh continues to “go Google” and save money by using "Google Apps for Government" licenses for all departments. As the first county clerk to do so in Michigan, the Macomb County Clerk's Office uses a suite of cloud computing applications, security and world-class disaster recovery.

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Local governments opt for cloud-based information storage (html)

FAST PASS  Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh's "FastPass" allows the public to avoid lines by making appointments for birth records, business registrations or marriage applications. Customers can also prepay any fees that are involved. When a FastPass user arrives at the clerk's office, they will use a phone with Internet access or a computer in the lobby to notify the staff that they have arrived.

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'Fast pass' aims to speed visits to Macomb County clerk's office (html)

ONE-STOP SHOPPING  Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Macomb County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh announced a joint effort to increase access to clerk and register of deeds services, and ensure birth records are available for driver’s license applicants by bringing County clerk mobile office services to all seven Secretary of State branch offices located in Macomb County.

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Macomb, Oakland county clerks team up for one-stop shopping (html)

APPLY ONLINE  Macomb County concealed pistol license holders, plus new applicants, wanting a new or renewed concealed pistol permit can apply online after they complete a gun safety course. It is integrated with the county clerk’s system, reducing data entry costs to taxpayers and risk of error while cutting the wait time in line for applicants.

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JUROR PAGERS  Over 18,000 Macomb County jurors will no longer endure boring days in a crowded waiting room with Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh's new paging system giving them the freedom to roam downtown Mount Clemens. Jurors may shop or simply get some fresh air while waiting to be sent to a courtroom.

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ELECTRONIC ENTRY BOOK    Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh used technology to combat real estate fraud by making Macomb County the first in Michigan to implement an electronic entry book.
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County clerk combats fraud with technology, extra staff (pdf)

COMBATTING FRAUD   Carmella Sabaugh was the first county clerk to partner with the Social Security Administration to create a system allowing quick electronic verification of birth certificates to prevent fraud. The system saves time and lets social security staff and clerk staff spend more time providing service to customers and less time processing paperwork.

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Macomb County program fights Social Security fraud (pdf)

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Clerk's Office fights immigration fraud (pdf)

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Congressional Record House of Rep honoring Carmella Sabaugh and William Seaman (pdf)

KEEPING CANDIDATES HONEST   Carmella Sabaugh was the first Michigan clerk to post online the names of candidate committees failing to pay campaign finance fees.

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County Web site lists fines of politicians (pdf)

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Scofflaws listed online (pdf)

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How to Shame Fined Candidates (pdf)

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Politicians shamed into paying fines (pdf).

ONE DAY/ONE TRIAL   With the help of Circuit Court Chief Judge Antonio Viviano, Carmella Sabaugh got approval for a one-day/one-trial jury system letting most Macomb County jurors serve jury duty for only one day, unless they actually get picked for a trial.  Not only is the system more convenient for the public, but it actually saves money for the county! 

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CCW PERMIT SYSTEM   First Michigan clerk to create an online concealed weapons permit system letting CCW permit applicants securely check their own application status. This lets clerk staff spend less time answering status questions and spend more time processing applications.

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STUDENT ELECTION INSPECTORS   Let students "learn and earn" by hiring more student election inspectors than has ever been hired in an official capacity in Macomb County.

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JURY ROOM BOOKS  Made books and magazines from the countywide library system available in the jury room so jurors have a wide selection of reading material while they await selection. Jurors select books from the clerk's web site and the books are in the jury room when jurors arrive for jury duty.  See PRESS RELEASE (html) for more information.

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EVENING HOURS    Was the first county clerk in Michigan to offer evening hours, making it easier for working people to get their vital records and get personal service. The office is open until 7 pm every Wednesday. 

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WIRELESS INTERNET   First Michigan clerk to offer wireless Internet service in the jury room, letting people surf the web or use E-mail to work or stay in touch with family while waiting to be picked for a trial. 

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'FOLLOW THE MONEY'    Placed Macomb County among the most accountable in Michigan by putting county and local candidates' campaign finance reports on the Internet free of charge. The system has improved compliance with campaign finance rules because candidates know their reports are easily viewable by the public. It's amazing how much more legible the reports are and how much more quickly candidates file them when they know people are watching. The system lets people, "Follow the money."

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Campaign Finance System Up and Running  (pdf)

COURT CASE INDEX   Residents wanting to know if a contractor has a Macomb County criminal case may now find out. Sabaugh was able to put the Macomb County Circuit Court case index on the Internet . This improves customer service because no one will have to come to the clerk's office to find out if there are any cases filed against a particular business or person, or to look up a case number. Macomb was only the third county in Michigan to offer this service.

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FAX FILING   Sabaugh's office accepts fax filing of all circuit court documents letting attorneys and the public file court documents without requiring a trip to the courthouse.

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Clerk accepts legal papers by fax (pdf)

NEW VOTING SYSTEM   Successfully implemented a new voting system that electronically tabulates election results.

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Voting system deemed a success (pdf)

FAX REQUESTS   If you want a copy of a circuit court judgment or other item from a court file, you no longer have to drive to the clerk's office. Sabaugh's office accepts fax requests for court documents and will even fax them back to you or send them via overnight mail. Get the fax form by calling 888-99-CLERK and requesting document #5000.

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Papers available online (pdf)

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FAX-ON-DEMAND   There's no need to go to the clerk's office to get a form because Sabaugh now has a toll-free fax-on-demand system to provide forms and information. 1-888-99-CLERK. If you've never used the system, please call it and request document number one. The system was the first for a Michigan clerk and even works on weekends when the office is closed! CLICK HERE to download the
Fax-On-Demand document list
NEXT DAY DELIVERY    When a document absolutely, positively has to get there overnight, Sabaugh's office complies and was the first county clerk office to offer overnight delivery services for birth certificate requests and other vital records. You can even request your records on the Internet. CLICK HERE to order a Macomb County vital record online
BUSINESS REGISTRATIONS   Entrepreneurs starting a business can spend time working in their business rather than driving to the clerk's office to find out if the sole proprietorship or partnership name they want is already in use because Macomb County assumed name business registrations are now the Internet. Macomb County businesses were the first to benefit from this service. CLICK HERE to search a Macomb County business online
DEATH RECORD SEARCH   If you're researching your family tree you can find a complete index of Macomb County death records on the county clerk's web site. Sabaugh's office was also the first Michigan clerk's office to provide this service. CLICK HERE to search a Macomb County death record
PPO ASSISTANCE CENTER    Victims of abuse now have help because Sabaugh started a Personal Protection Order Assistance Center to help people complete court forms and understand the legal process.  
MOBILE BRANCH OFFICE   Carmella Sabaugh started a "Mobile Branch Office" to bring clerk's office services to people who are unable to drive to Mount Clemens during working hours. This service brings most county clerk functions to local communities with no additional cost to the county.

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County Clerk Takes Office On The Road (pdf)

JUROR BUS SERVICE   She was the first county clerk in Michigan to offer jurors summoned for jury duty free bus rides to and from the courthouse. People who do not have transportation may still perform their civic duty. This service is provided at no additional cost to the county.

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ELECTRONIC FILING   Carmella Sabaugh improved the process of recording real estate records by accepting electronic filing of deeds, mortgages and other real estate records. 

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COMPUTERIZED SCANNING   Carmella Sabaugh was the first county clerk in Michigan to use computerized scanning and indexing for the register of deeds. All deeds are recorded the same day they are filed, posted on the Internet within just a few days, and returned to the filer usually within the week.

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CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS   Carmella Sabaugh was the first county clerk in Michigan to accept credit card payments for court filings and vital records, making paying for services easier, especially if you don't know the cost of the services you need ahead of time.  
AUTOMATIC PHONE CALL   Carmella Sabaugh enabled the public to initiate an automatic phone call from the clerk's web site. Although there is plenty of useful information on the county clerk's web site, she knows it's no substitute for personal service. That's why, with a click of a button, your phone will ring and a member of Sabaugh's staff will be on the phone to assist.  

DIGITAL VITAL RECORDS    The office scans and digitally images all vital records making retrieval quick and efficient, minimizing the wait time for customers requesting birth certificates and other records.

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JUDGE SELECTION   Sabaugh ended potential "judge shopping" by computerizing judge selection when lawsuits are filed. Judges are randomly selected when a new court case is opened and the identity of the judge is not revealed until after the filing fee has been paid.  
COURTROOM PAYMENTS   Sabaugh stopped cash payments from being made in courtrooms by requiring all payments to be made and logged through the clerk cashier window.  
SUPPORTS LEGISLATION   Sabaugh supports legislation such as straight-party voting, no reason absentee voting and making Election Day a federal holiday.  

JUROR QUESTIONNAIRES   Supported and, with the help of State Representative Steve Bieda, helped pass legislation removing the requirement that clerks mail juror questionnaires to people who are prohibited by law from serving on jury duty.

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ELECTION SUPPLIES   Sabaugh was also the first Michigan county clerk to purchase election supplies using a competitive bid process. This has saved Macomb County hundreds of thousands of dollars in ballot printing costs and other costs.  

AWARD WINNER    Sabaugh was recently named Italian American Woman of the Year. The Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds Office has also been the recipient of 53 National Association of Counties (NACo) Awards since 1993:

  • "Military Records and Documentation For The Genealogical Researcher" (1993)
  • "County Clerk's Annual Report" (1994)
  • "1993 Macomb County Directory" (1994)
  • "Customer Service Area Renovation" (1994)
  • "Clerk's Office Services Brochure" (1994)
  • "Cross-Training of Vital Records Employees" (1994)
  • "Election Night Hot-Line" (1995)
  • "Register of Deeds Debuts Office of the Future" (1996)
  • "Computer Selection of Judges Protects Court Integrity" (1996)
  • "Improved Counter Service for Circuit Court Customers" (1996)
  • "Election Results on the Internet" (1997)
  • "PPO Assistance Center Aids Public in Filing Court Papers" (1999)
  • "Campaign Finance Workshops" (2000)
  • "County Sponsors Vital Records Informational Seminar" (2005)
  • "Jury Room Uses Bar Codes" (2005)
  • "County Puts Circuit Court Cast Index and Docket Entries on Internet" (2005)
  • "County Offers Free SMART Bus Rides to Jurors" (2005)
  • "Countywide Library Materials Personally Delivered to Jurors Via Internet Request" (2006)
  • "Internet Campaign Finance Reports Promote Public Disclosure, Improve Compliance" (2007)
  • "Student Election Inspectors Learn and Earn with Optical Scan Voting" (2007)
  • "Birth Certificate Verification Via Internet Reduces SSA Paperwork, Thwarts Terrorism" (2007)
  • "Nine Day Work Schedule Improves Customer Service,
    Helps County Employees" (2008)
  • "Concealed Pistol License System Allows Applicants to Track Status Online" (2008)
  • "Questions Answered in Clerk's Online Chatroom" (2008)
  • "Clerk/Register of Deeds Services Provided at Local Libraries -- Mobile Office Convenient for Public" (2008)
  • "Online Absentee Ballot Tracking Promotes Voting,
    Equal Opportunity, Accountability" (2008)
  • "Register of Deeds Electronic Entry Book Fights Fraud" (2009)
  • "Web Videos Improve Customer Service" (2009)
  • "Jurors Waiting to be Called for Trial are Given Pagers, Boosting the Local Economy" (2010)
  • "Linking Septic Data to Land Data Improves Inspections" (2010)
  • "Google Premiere Implementation Improves Operations for Clerk’s Office" (2010)
  • "Program Helps Veterans’ Survivors Receive Benefits" (2010)
  • "Concealed pistol licenses created more efficiently, risk of fraud reduced" (2011)
  • "Electronic Campaign Finance System Promotes Disclosure and Accountability" (2011)
  • "Electronic Entry Book Prevents Fraud as Single Scan Speeds Process" (2011)
  • "Google Checkout Reduces Cost and Transaction Time for Customers" (2011)
  • "History Preserved Online, County Commission Minutes Now Accessible" (2011)
  • "Increased Access to 'How-to' Videos with Youtube Channel" (2011)
  • "Automated circuit court sentence scheduling system saves staff time, increases efficiency" (2012)
  • "Jury staff updates jurors anytime, anywhere with Google Docs" (2012)
  • "Circuit court progress duty tracking dashboard promotes accountability" (2012)
  • "Register of Deeds e-mail alert system allows early detection of fraud" (2012)
  • "Real-time board minutes allow immediate access to information in county government" (2012)
  • "Register of Deeds Super Index protects property rights and reduces fraud in real estate" (2012)
  • "County consolidates services with state to offer one-stop shopping" (2012)
  • "Online mortgage redemption service helps homeowners avoid foreclosure and save money" (2012)
  • "Electronic court dispositions speed paperwork to jail" (2012)
  • "FastPass system allows customers to avoid waiting in line" (2012)
  • "Evening hours improve customer service" (2013)
  • "Veteran photo ID cards allows vets to get discounts" (2013)
  • "E-vital records system converts paper to images" (2013)
  • "County offices consolidate services and offer them on the road" (2013)
  • "History preserved online, historical election results now available" (2013)

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