Barry County Recorder of Deeds questionnaire: Rodger A. Emo
Political Party: Republican
Current Occupation: Semi-Retired/J.B. Hunt
Past Experience: 25+ years in the Consumer Finance and Banking Industry; Management of up to 10 people; Management of the institutions assets, which includes but not necessarily limited to the institutions overall portfolio of loans, making and approving loans such as Mortgage loans, Consumer loans and Business loans; Securities purchased; Performing inside audits of the institution for safety and soundness and reporting the same to the Board of Directors; Performing Compliance Audits and reporting the same to the Board of Directors; Preparation of the Institutions quarterly Call Reports and submitting the same to the regulatory agencies; I have worked closely with the Regulatory Agencies within the Consumer Finance and Banking Industry,those being Missouri Division of Finance, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) and Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC)
Education: Graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, Pleasant Hill, MO; Graduate of the Mid South School of Banking at Memphis State University; Certified Community Bank Internal Auditor through the Independent Bankers Association of America; Numerous Compliance Schools
Website: None but I am on Facebook at Rodger Emo
1. Why do you want to be Recorder of Deeds?
Having spent many years in the Banking Industry, I realized that I missed the interaction with the people I served and the passion I had trying to service their needs. When the County announced the new addition of the Recorder of Deeds position. I felt like my past experience and education complimented the Office of Recorder of Deeds and that I could be an asset to Barry County as well as serve the citizens of Barry County with the same enthusiasm I enjoyed while working in the banking industry.
2. What makes you more qualified for office than your opponents?
As previously outlined above, I run on my experience and education, which compliments the Recorderís position. I come from a different educational background than the rest of my opponents and feel that my education and experience makes me the candidate most qualified to run the Recorderís Office.
3. What is the biggest challenge you will face in the Recorderís Office? How do you plan to tackle that challenge?
It would be premature for me to say at this time what the biggest challenge of the office would be but if elected, I will be reviewing the entire scope of the office to determine at that time what needs to be addressed and the best ways to make the office more productive and efficient. I will assure everyone that I will be looking out for the best interest of the County as well as the Citizens and Businesses we serve.
4. What specific goals do you plan to accomplish in your first term?
Iím going to be looking at every Service we have and assessing those services as to how we may be able to make them better. How our charges compare to other counties. Type of computer system we have and what the capabilities are of that system. In other words maximizing what we have to work with and is there room for expansion and are we utilizing the expansion space. Can we streamline by cutting down on time spent in various areas of service that we may not be doing now. I want to tap into the resources of our Realtors, Title Companies, Banks etc as to their ideas of what they would like to see that we are not doing now but maybe could be. Thereís revenue hiding and all we have to do is uncover it and put it to use. We are going to re-discover customer service in the Recorderís Office. I am a roll up your sleeves type manager who from day one will work tirelessly to make the Barry County Recorderís Office one of the top role models of the state.
5. What will be your policy for marriage license applications? Will you require an appointment or will walk-ins be allowed?
I have recently learned that the Recorderís Office processes marriage licenses 2 days a week and by appointment only. It appears to me that when our citizens have to go to another county to obtain a marriage license, not only are we losing the fees collected to another county but we are creating a hardship and inconvenience for our citizens by making them travel to another county for this service. My current position on issuing marriage licenses would be to allow 5 day a week issuance on a first come first served basis. There may be a daily cut-off time imposed to allow for processing time at the end of the day. I have found no state statute or directive that would keep our office from issuing licenses 5 days a we.