OTTAWA — Troy Recker and Lori Rayle are running as Republicans in the March 17 primary for the Putnam County recorder seat.
Recker’s wife, Cathy, has served in the position for the past 15 years and previously announced she wouldn’t seek re-election. The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Dawn Magg in the Nov. 3 general election.
Recker, of Continental, said he has 30 years of property records experience, including 25 years of public service as a Putnam County deputy engineer, where he maintained public records.
While serving the residents of Putnam County, his responsibilities included county, township and village map updates, survey plat and deed review, records retention and planning.
He currently holds a position with Bockrath & Associates Engineering and Surveying in Ottawa. His duties include property records research, survey plat and easement preparation, contract documentation preparation, grant writing and procurement and construction management.
He said that experience has given him an opportunity on how to operate and improve the recorder’s office to better serve the county’s residents.
“My experience is much deeper than simply searching and filing property records. I have an in-depth knowledge of preparing and reviewing surveys, easements and legal descriptions,” Recker said.
Rayle is currently the chief deputy recorder at the Putnam County recorder’s office and has served as deputy recorder for the past 15 years.
She said her strong leadership and communication skills led her to the position of chief deputy.
These duties include payroll, billing, purchase orders, vouchers, annual office budget, ordering, fixed asset inventory, pay-in Reports and software conversion knowledge. While assuming the duties of the recorder, she has continued with her daily duties as chief deputy. Her 15 years of experience include e-recording, document recording, indexing and verification, map reading, deed and property research, customer service and understanding of the Ohio Revised Code as it pertains to the recorder’s office.
“I have the full support of the current recorders staff,” Rayle said. “I have a good working relationship with the other county offices, who we work closely with to maintain the accuracy of the records.”
Recker said he is familiar with the surrounding counties’ GIS and recording systems, which he said will enable him to incorporate the best features of those practices into the recording system in Putnam County.
If elected to the office, he said his short-term goals will be to continue to enhance customer service, make the records readily accessible and record searching as uncomplicated as possible.
His long-term goals include incorporating links to the property records with the county’s GIS software and continue making older records available online, including those that may be difficult to read. He would like to expand and streamline the eRecording process.
The Reckers have two daughters. He has been an active member of the Putnam County Republican Central Committee for the past 17 years. Recker is an Ottawa-Glandorf High School graduate and received his bachelor’s degree in technology degree from Bowling State University and served in the United States Army.
Rayle said the recorder’s office works diligently to keep accurate records for the residents of Putnam County and is dedicated to quality service. Rayle is married to Dan, and they have lived in Blanchard Township for most of their adult lives. They have three children and eight grandchildren.
Rayle is a member of the Putnam County Republican Central Committee and vice chair of the Putnam County Republican Women’s Club. She was born and raised in Pandora and is a graduate of Pandora-Gilboa High School
Rayle said the recorder’s office entered into a new contract with Harris Recording Solutions. With records dating back to the 1830s, Harris offered a program to scan into its online records many of the older records, making them available online.
“My goal as your new Putnam County recorder will be to have this project completed in five years,” Rayle said. “We also are currently working with the Putnam County GIS Coordinator to link parcel numbers to deeds to make it easier to search your property deed.”
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