The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Politics

April 23, 2014

Serving customers important to both recorder candidates

ANDERSON — Two Republicans are vying in the May 6 primary for their party’s nomination for Madison County recorder and both say this race is all about customer service.

Linda Smith, 50, says her 23 years of county government experience provides her with a unique advantage in her role as the incumbent running for recorder and she has proven her leadership during her first term in office.

“I focused my entire attention on implementing an improvement plan to increase efficiency in the preservation of records and to develop a team of professionals who are dedicated to prompt, friendly customer service,” she said.

Smith, who has served as recorder since 2012, said she operates her office with “integrity, transparency and accountability,” and plans to seek new and improved ways to provide the most secure, up-to-date electronic recording technology available.

She is particularly interested in ways that are both environmentally friendly and have cost savings.

“Of course, in this ever fluctuating economy, as with all county offices, budgeting is always one of the most challenging issues we face in county government,” Smith said. “However, the recorders’ office is unique in this area as designed by the Indiana Code, allowing certain areas of its operations to be funded outside of the county general fund.

“I will continue to be resourceful in my budgeting efforts and provide as much relief to the general fund as is allowable by the laws of the state of Indiana.”

Mike Miller, 67, says his focus — if nominated in the primary and elected In November — will be all about customer service.

“There is no reason, whatsoever that submitted documents should take more than 24 hours to process and record,” Miller said. “People should be handled courteously, effectively and competently.”

Although he has no political experience, Miller, who has a bachelor’s degree in history, said his 28 years of experience in the golfing industry and running the golf operations of a private membership club required him to act as a liaison between membership and management that was political in nature.

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