Meet the Putnam County Recorder
Cathy S. Recker
Putnam County Recorder
|Biography of the
Putnam County Recorder:
Cathy S. Recker was elected Recorder of Putnam County in November 2004 and took office January 3, 2005.
Prior to being elected as Recorder, Recker held a position with Ag Credit in Ottawa, and prior to that, she worked as a Deputy in the Real Estate division with the Putnam County Auditor’s Office for 10 years. She has many years of experience working with land records and land titles.
Recker currently serves as the Supervisor of the County Microfilm Department and Secretary of the Putnam County Records Commission.
Since becoming County Recorder, Cathy has become active in the Ohio Recorder’s Association. She currently serves as the President of the Ohio Recorders' Association. Each year of her term, Cathy has receive the required units of Continuing Education by the Ohio Recorders Association and additional through outside sources relating to Microfilm and Record Retention.
Cathy resides with her husband Troy and two daughters in the Continental area.
Ohio, it is the County Recorder who has the important and indispensable
task of keeping the vital records pertaining to ownership in real estate
(land) and to all encumbrances or liens upon it. Without the work of the
County Recorder in recording, safekeeping, and organizing all documents in
a competent and logical manner, it would be nearly impossible to purchase
land and be assured of a clear title or to lend money with land as
practice of recording real estate documents is based on law in England,
which traveled to the New World with the colonists. Public land registrars
were appointed in colonial America to keep accurate records. A system of
registration was necessary to prove the rights of persons who first made
claims to property.
1787, the Northwest Territory was formed, encompassing all lands north and
west of the Ohio River. A Recorder's office was established in each
county. Ohio became a state in 1803, and although the state constitution
did not provide for a Recorder's office, the first state legislature
mandated that a Recorder be appointed in each county by the Judges of the
Court of Common Pleas. In 1829, the Recorder's office became an elective
position, and in 1936, the term was established at four years.
Today, the County Recorder keeps and maintains accurate land records that are current, legible, and easily accessible. An important aspect of the Recorder's work is to index each document so it may be readily located. Accurate indexing makes it possible for persons searching land records to find the documents necessary to establish a "chain of title" (history of ownership) and ensures that any debts or encumbrances against the property are evident. These invaluable records are utilized by the general public, attorneys, historians, genealogists, and land title examiners.
The Recorder’s Office has been held by a succession of accomplished individuals over the years. Cathy Recker has continued the dedication of maintaining and preserving accurate land records of Putnam County’s history as those who preceded her.
Ohio Recorders' Association was founded in 1927 and remains a vital
organization to the present day. Membership is made up of Ohio's
eighty-eight County Recorders and their deputy recorders.
objective of the Ohio Recorders' Association is to educate its members so
that Recorders and their employees may better serve the citizens of their
counties. To this end, the association sponsors continuing education
seminars on topics such as current legislation, office procedures,
personnel management, and constituent issues.
association encourages the development of legislation to enhance the work
and efficiency of Recorders' offices and to respond to modern
technological changes. Association meetings provide the opportunity for
Recorders to exchange ideas, review statewide recording procedures, and
promote legislation in the best interest of the citizens of Ohio.