The County's Corner: Recorder’s Office tackling new statutes and more

Kristi Blair

Kristi Blair

The year has been very busy beginning with the legislature having a lot of bills submitted for changes to the statutes after the elections last year. The 15 County Recorders have had weekly conference calls to monitor and provide feedback on the bills affecting us and ensuring that as voters, your best interests have remained our priority.

At the same time, we have been putting together our budgets, and I have been meeting with the assessor, Jeanne Kentch, and the treasurer, Cindy Landa Cox, to try to bring services to the citizens of Bullhead City and Lake Havasu City. We have worked diligently to formulate a costs savings plan and given a lot of thought to planning to this new endeavor on how to best serve you.

Once the budget is finalized and we have a definitive answer, we will surely be letting you know in a future article. We also are working on how to reach out to the smaller communities in our county, and we welcome your input into how we may best serve you. We hope that you will reach out to us if you have an event that you would like us to attend.

Many people don’t really know what we do in the Recorder’s Office. With 16 amazing staff members, we record land documents, mining claims and a variety of other documents for recording, as well as being responsible for the County’s Records Management and, by Arizona Statute, voter registration.

We record documents over the counter, by mail, and also electronically. E-recordings actually comprise 59 percent of our recordings. We have been continuously working towards digitizing our historical books dating back to 1863 in order to provide them to the public electronically. As the custodians of Mohave County’s recorded documents, we take great pride in what we do, and we are dedicated to preserving our history.

The Recorder’s Office offers an online service for customer convenience whereby you can access our indexing and document images from 1990 to current without coming to our office. This service is called EagleWeb and has a subscription cost of $58.00 per month. There is an enrollment form, and service often can be started the same day. It assists many different entities with the ability to have unofficial copies of documents that they need in conducting their daily business, as well as provide a mechanism for individuals to conduct research from their location.

Our office is not able to provide legal advice or assist you in the preparation of your document. Every individual has a unique situation with their own circumstances, and we do not have the legal backgrounds to understand the legalities involved in any transaction. We do our best to assist you within our statutory requirements.

Our Records Management Division assists county departments and other government entities with their retention needs. We are available to provide presentations to assist with ensuring sound records management principles. We have our own film lab and process film and microfiche to ensure we meet Arizona Statutes for disaster recovery of all of our current and historical records. We also have the ability to provide this service to other departments and governmental agencies.

Voter registration has been busy this year updating voter files and ensuring our data is up-to-date after such an historical election year. We are responsible for your voter registration form, the early voting sites in each of the three major cities of Mohave County, early ballots, changes to your voter information, and ensuring your ability to vote. It is important that if you move, change your name, change your party affiliation, or wish to be on the permanent early voting list and receive your ballot by mail that you fill out a new voter registration form. You may register, re-register or submit your changes by picking up a form at our office, a public library, at Motor Vehicle Department, the U.S. Post Office, or online at www.servicearizona.com.

For more information, please feel free to visit our website at https://www.mohavecounty.us, visit us at 700 W. Beale Street in Kingman, or give us a call at 928-753-0701. You may also submit a request for information to us at recorderhelp@mohavecounty.us, voterregistration@mohavecounty.us, or contact me directly at Kristi.Blair@mohavecounty.us. We are here to assist you and answer your questions.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you, and I am always available to answer your questions and concerns.

Next month’s article will be brought to you by Sheriff Doug Schuster.