Most people do not understand the importance of the county recorder's office. The recorder's office is charged with recording all documents pertaining to real property. This is the office that protects your property ownership and safeguards the title to your home. I am amazed at how efficient and helpful the Salt Lake County Recorder's Office is. It is no wonder that Gary Ott, Salt Lake County Recorder, was selected from many other entries as the 2014 Best of State Elected Official for innovations he made in his office.
Gary Ott became the Salt Lake County Recorder in 2001. Through the use of technology and attrition, Gary has done more to modernize the recorder's office than any previous recorder. He was the first in the state and nation to implement digital recording. He cut the budget by approximately 37 percent, made the office more efficient, and right-sized the staff, reducing the number of staff by half, all through attrition.
One of the first things Gary did as recorder was protect our historical documents, placing them in an atmospherically controlled, protected vault, and began digitizing all documents. He also took a very expensive website and made it cost-neutral by having those who use it pay for it, rather than having you the citizens who don't use it pay for it. More importantly, he did this while protecting your personal information. Having subscribers to the website not only keeps the average citizen from paying for the website, but it prevents everyone in the world from having the ability to Google your personal information, such as your address, social security number, birth date and financial information.