In the primary election on Tuesday, May 4, Republican candidates Jon Miller
and William A. LaFever will vie for the nomination for Porter County
Recorder. The Chesterton Tribune invited both to respond to candidate
The Tribune set word limits for each question and reserved the right
to edit for length.
(1) Age, place of residence, occupation.
Miller: 52, Chesterton, computer network administrator for the Porter
County Sheriffís Police and 911 Dispatch.
LaFever: 42, Union Township, construction sales.
(2) Describe the Porter County Recorderís responsibilities. (75 words)
Miller: The Recorder was the first constitutional office in county
government in Indiana. The Recorder's function and responsibility is to
maintain permanent public records of legal instruments involving real
estate, deeds, mortgages, liens, leases, plats, military discharges,
personal bonds, and several others. All of these instruments are recorded
for safekeeping and future reference and for giving legal notice of their
existence. Storage methods to record these documents include paper,
microfilm, and digital storage.
LaFever: To maintain and preserve all legal documents of property which
is the legal basis for determining ownership. Documents such as mortgages,
liens, subdivision plats etc.
(3) Why are you seeking the office? (100 words)
Miller: I have served Porter County as an employee for over 27 years. My
life has been devoted to service, which is evident by my employment history
and by my community involvement. I believe that the recorderís office
provides a great service to our taxpayers by ensuring that these records
will always be available when needed.
I also believe that quality public service is essential. The citizens of
Porter County deserve quality leadership in this office and I can provide
that to them. Honesty, integrity and commitment to the public are qualities
that I promise to deliver.
LaFever: To give the taxpayers of Porter County a dedicated, full-time
Recorder who has spent his life paying attention to detail, doing things the
right way first so as never to do things twice; a person who really knows
what he is reading and is not just a paper pusher. My 26 years of
construction experience required paying attention to detail and documenting
every step of the way. When something is recorded itís the legal basis for
determining ownership. So, we canít take it lightly that itís just another
county office to give someone a job. Mistakes are not allowed.
(4) What are your qualifications for the office? (100 words)
Miller: First, I satisfy the candidacy qualifications.
A large component of the recorderís office is document imaging for storage.
I have administered a comparable system for 10 years.
For over 15 years one of my responsibilities has been to maintain the
integrity of our Sheriffís data systems. In 2001 our department required an
alternate storage solution for our cumbersome manual filing systems. I
initiated the implementation of our first and current document imaging
system. This solution provided an innovative, efficient method for handling
our records, thus allowing our staff to increase their quality of service to
the people of Porter County.
LaFever: Twenty-six years of construction residential and commercial.
Reading blueprints and building according to state, federal, county or city
specifications. Reading and understanding legal descriptions. Surveying.
Reading legal documents pertaining to state and federal regulations.
Thirteen years with Indiana Department of Transportation Engineering
Department as a certified state technician overseeing and inspected road,
bridge and traffic projects. Inspecting and documenting every dollar spent
on road, bridge and traffic projects that I was on for. Payment to
contractors with drawings for future reference. Union Township School Board
last four years budgeting, laws, contract negotiations, and building
(5) What are the key issues in this race? (150 words)
Miller: Electing the most qualified candidate for this position is the
One primary issue of this race is making sure that your candidate
understands the function of the Recorderís office. I do, as can be confirmed
by my description of the county recorderís office responsibilities.
The recorder does not set policy, they cannot raise or lower taxes, nor do
they have to possess legal knowledge regarding the documents that they are
recording. However, a familiarity of the recorded documents is essential.
The Recorder does have to verify that the documents submitted for recording
meet the requirements mandated by state statute, following a fee schedule
that is also mandated by the state. The preservation of records for public
access is a responsibility that has a direct impact on the ability of
employers and private citizens alike to conduct business and complete
I can guarantee to provide quality public service.
LaFever: Electing a person who is going to be a full time Porter County
Recorder which I will be. Electing a person who has always declared
Republican since the age of 18. Electing a person with a construction
background that has an understanding what he is reading. Electing a person
thatís does not have to set goals to act with honesty, integrity, and
commitment this comes naturally to me. Electing a person who treats
everything as his own so you know that Iím working for you! My opponent
talks about document imaging and the Recorderís Office already has a system
in place to copy and preserve documents. The county canít fiscally afford
another program in times of recession while the current system is working.
Please vote William A LaFever for Porter County Recorder.