Lloyd Dowding, who oversaw the transition of the Sarpy County Register of Deeds Office from the days of ink and paper into the digital age, said he will seek four more years in the post.
Dowding, a Republican, will have served 20 years when his term expires in January 2015 and will ask voters to extend that service.
“All egotism aside, I've done a very, very good job,” he said. “I took the Register of Deeds Office into the 21st century. Prior to my coming in, everything was done by book and page, and that was because back in the 1800s they hand-wrote everything.”
By the end of his first term, in 1990, Dowding said the office had graduated from bound books to being completely computerized.
The years since, he said, have seen an ever-increasing degree of convenience as computer and Internet technology has made it easier for people to file and research property documents.
The implementation of modern technology has enabled his office to do twice as much work, with fewer employees, than when he first took office in 1986, Dowding said.
Dowding said the impact of the Register of Deeds Office, through its responsibility for storing property records, is not well understood.
“Without that information, you couldn't get a loan to buy your house,” he said. “Our work makes possible millions, if not billions, of dollars of economic activity in Sarpy County.”