Jim Voglewde Jr. has formally announced his candidacy for Adams County Recorder on the 2012 Republican ticket.
The rural Decatur resident has served as Deputy Recorder to Connie Moser since the beginning of her first term in January of 2005. Moser is prevented from seeking a new term due to term limits.
During the past eight years, Voglewede said, he has worked with Moser to transform the recorder's office into an efficient, technologically advanced and user friendly department. Voglewde listed among those improvements as a new computer system and scan station, a reduction in the turn-around time in returning documents from a couple of months to one day, and the installation of Social Security redacting software which removes Social Security numbers from all digital documents.
During the past eight years, Voglewede said, the office has converted microfilmed images into digital images printable from computers, installed a mortgage fraud alert program, and placed documents online at doxpop.com. The GOP candidate said his vision for the future of the office is to complete the project of converting microfilm images into digital images printable from computers, and to develop the capability to electronically record deeds and land contracts. Voglewede was born and raised in Adams County. He has been married to Sandra (Nielsen) Voglewede for the past 24 years. They have four children: Tabitha, a senior at IUPUI in Indianapolis; Mikayla, a sophomore at Bellmont High School; James, a third-grader at Northwest Elementary School; and Leah, who is in kindergarten at Southeast Elementary School.
He is the oldest of eight children of Jim and Rowena (Merriman) Voglewede. Voglewede is a 1977 graduate of Bellmont High School and earned a degree in physical educaiton from Colorado Northwestern Community College and a bachelor's degree in recreation management from Huntington College. He holds an associate's degree in the Bible from White’s Ferry Road School of Biblical Studies; and a bachelor's and master's degree in the Bible from American Christian Bible College and Graduate School of Religion.
He is active in the Adams County 4-H programs, Girl Scouts, and youth soccer, basketball, baseball and softball leagues, and is on the board of directors of Camp Indogan, a Christian camp near Angola. He also served as local distribution director for the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort during the flood of 2003 and is a member and minister of the North Adams Church of Christ in Decatur. Voglewede said the recorder’s office is the most important library in Adams County. "The land records from 1836 to the present are stored in this office," he said,
"and the documents in this office enable a person to buy, sell or transfer property with a clear title. The recorder’s office contains the official records which identify the rightful owner of every parcel of land, as well as identifying the boundary lines for every parcel of land. In addition, the Recorder is responsible for recording and maintaining billions of dollars of financial documents (mortgages) in an organized system."
He said it takes "years of experience to become skillful in searching for documents, and in understanding how the previous recorders indexed their recorded documents. It is the county Recorder who has the important and indispensable task of safekeeping all of the vital records pertaining to ownership of real estate and to all encumbrances of liens upon it. My eight years of experience as the first deputy recorder makes me the most experienced, best qualified candidate for this vitally important office."