FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
February 10, 2004 Carmella Sabaugh 586-469-7939
Giovanni P. LoGrasso 586-566-0439
Al Prezioso 586-826-8550
Clerk / Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh will become the first county clerk
“No one should have to miss work because they need a copy of their birth certificate,” said Sabaugh. “Evening hours in the clerk’s office will improve services for working people because someone with a full time job can still get personal service. I thank the Board of Commissioners for considering this proposal.”
“People have to rush to get to the clerk’s office before closing,” said Giovanni P. LoGrasso who was in the clerk’s office Wednesday picking up a birth certificate. “Having evening hours would mean you don’t have to rush.”
“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said Al Prezioso who was picking up death certificates in the clerk’s office on Wednesday.
This is not the
only time Sabaugh was the first to implement new ideas. In addition to evening hours, Carmella
Sabaugh was the first
· Implement computerized scanning and indexing for a register of deeds office.
· Launch a toll-free 24-hour fax-on-demand system for forms and information. It even works on nights and weekends when the office is closed!
· Provide overnight delivery service for birth certificate requests and other vital records. You can now get your records in a hurry.
· Provide assumed name business registrations on the Internet.
· Make researching your family history by putting death records on the Internet.
· Enable the public to initiate an automatic phone call from the clerk’s web site.
· Enlist local amateur radio operators as emergency backup to relay election results on election night.
· Make paying for records easier by accepting credit cards.
In addition to her list of “firsts”, Sabaugh also:
· Allows instant access to copies of real estate deeds and mortgages by putting all county public real estate records on the Internet. This reduces trips to the office.
· Ended potential favoritism by making sure all titles companies pay the same fees as the public for real estate records.
· Ended potential “judge shopping” by computerizing random judge selection when lawsuits are filed.
· Stopped cash payments from being made in courtrooms by requiring all payments to be made and logged through the clerk’s cashier window.