Barry County Recorder of Deeds questionnaire: Angela Coones
Political Party: Republican
Current Occupation: Current Chief Deputy Recorder for Barry County
Past Experience: In 1996-2006, I was hired by Senator Emory Melton to work at his title company, Barry County Abstract and Title, beginning as searcher and later moving into the closing side of title. While there I attained my Title Producers License with the State of Missouri for 20 years and maintained it with yearly continuing education classes with (MLTA) Missouri Land Title Association to keep up with the ever changing laws and statutes. From 2006-2014, I continued to work in the land title business with Asbury Land Title until coming to the Recorderís Office in 2014 as a Deputy Recorder
Education: 1983 graduate of Monett High School; 1996-2017, State of Missouri Title Producers License; 1992-Present, Notary Public
1. Why do you want to be Recorder of Deeds?
I have worked for this my whole life. This is not just a job to me this is my career path I chose years ago. As your current Deputy Recorder of Deeds, I know these Books, Surveys, Plats, Marriage Licenses, Military Records, Tax Liens, and index records etc. Barry County will know when one of it citizens comes to the recorders office with a record or recording need, they can be assured I am the only candidate with the experience to get the job done for them.
2. What makes you more qualified for office than your opponents?
That is my greatest asset. An integral part of this job is understanding legal descriptions and the structure and purpose of various deeds. This is not something that can be learned quickly and it is something that not everyone is capable of learning. I am the only candidate who can walk in the door on January 2, 2019, and would need no training or assistance as I am the Current Chief Deputy Recorder and have been doing the job going on five years and preparing for this day for 25 years. I am confident in my abilities to serve as your next Recorder of Deeds.
3. What is the biggest challenge you will face in the Recorderís Office? How do you plan to tackle that challenge?
How do you plan to tackle that challenge? Being the current Chief Deputy Recorder I am confident in my abilities to operate the day to day operations of the office. I plan to take a more active role with ďRAMĒ Recorderís Association of Missouri and our local area Recorderís to stay informed on the updated laws, statutes, training and technology available.
4. What specific goals do you plan to accomplish in your first term?
Other than speaking and meeting with the other office holders to see how I can better assist them in my new role, I would love to be able to meet with our local Veterans, meeting at the local VA or VFWís and let them know about the free services we offer for filing of their DD-214ís. Often, people move and lose those important papers, so I would love to get the word out to these men and women who have served our great county that we provide a safe keeping option for them for their most valuable documents.
5. What will be your policy for marriage license applications? Will you require an appointment or will walk-ins be allowed?
I have always felt that all services we offer should be available whenever the doors are open. However, with the system we are currently using, we are unable to stop in the middle of recording a document to change over to a marriage license. I would still request that the couple make an appointment to avoid any delays once in our office.