McCall proud of efficiency record

Editor's Note: The Kingman Daily Miner will print a series of stories on opposed candidates for county and statewide office prior to the Sept.

12 primary.

Today, the Miner is featuring stories on two Republicans who are running for county recorder: incumbent Joan McCall of Kingman and challenger Nancy Moschcau of Lake Havasu City.

The top vote-getter will automatically be elected recorder because no Democrats filed to run for the position.

The recorder, who earns $47,500 a year, is responsible for running an office that oversees the recording of property and other documents, maps and plats; voter registration and early voting.

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Joan McCall, who was first elected county recorder in 1972 and has not been challenged since 1976, said she is running for re-election to another four-year term on a proven track record of efficiency and cost-saving procedures.

"I run a very efficient office," McCall said.

She said her office has never exceeded its budget.

"I don't know how you can improve productivity," McCall said.

"We have a three-day turnaround of documents recorded.

It is mailed back to the customer."

By contrast, Maricopa County has a turnaround time of eight weeks, McCall said.

McCall, 65, of Kingman, said she sees the main role of the recorder as maintaining land records and making them easily accessible to the public, and serving as a "public information office" for land titles, subdivision plats and surveys.

Staff at the recorder's office records about 75,000 documents a year, which comes to 282,000 pages of records, McCall said.

The office, which operates on an annual budget of about $531,000, also generates $880,000 to $1 million a year in recording fees.

Another role for the recorder is handling voter registration, McCall said.

The county has about 84,000 registered voters.

"They register to vote," she said.

"We handle change of addresses.

We prepare signature rosters and we handle the absentee voters.

At every step of the way, we handle the signatures."

McCall said she has tried to keep up with computer technology, and has taken classes to learn more about memory and storage.

"Let's just say that I learned as I was going about computers," she said.

"What I really learned is you have to be very wary of vendors.

"That is why we have a bidding process," McCall said.

"Hopefully, you get the best product."

McCall said she designed the system at the front counter, and has received an assist from information technology director Mike Matthews, who is working on a database so that the public will have Internet access to records.