County recorder recognized with Carl R. Ernst Founders Award

Monday, October 3, 2011 | 6:05 p.m. CDT; updated 8:41 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 3, 2011

This article has been modified to correct the year that Bettie Johnson joined the Property Records Industry Joint Taskforce.

COLUMBIA — Bettie Johnson was presented the Property Records Industry Association's Carl R. Ernst Founders Award at the association's 2011 annual conference in September.

The award honors a member of the industry who has shown "unparalleled leadership" in addressing specific industry needs and standards, according to a news release from the association.

"It really is very special," she said. Johnson knew Ernst for years and he served as a mentor for her. "He instilled in me the ability to see others' viewpoints."

Johnson has served as Boone County recorder of deeds since 1979 and has overseen advances in providing public records online. Recently, the Boone County Recorder of Deeds office released an Android app that provides access to real estate documents. Johnson said the goal of the app is to be progressive and use technology to keep the public informed.  

Johnson has been a member of the International Association for Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers for more than 25 years and served as the group's president in 2006, according to the release.

"She has the expertise required to speak on practically every aspect of the real property industry, from document standards, electronic recording (eRecording), document management and storage, industry specific technology, current real property laws, real property legislation for their state and country, government budgeting and more," the release stated.

Johnson joined the Property Records Industry Joint Taskforce in 1998 and served on its board and the larger association board for eight years.

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