County Profiles: Register of Deeds

Scott Crammond

Democrat challenger

• Why do we need a change in this office, and how will you, based on accomplishments, qualifications and experience, be able to better serve the people?

“My background in real estate and history make me uniquely qualified for this office.

“I know the nuts and bolts of what it takes to transfer residential and commercial property. I also have worked in archival research at Ohio State University, so I understand the nuance and delicacy it takes to archive and maintain archival records.

“I have professional relationships with many of the Title agencies in Knox County. I will be able to rely on those relationships as the Register of Deeds.

“I want to promote the digitization of the historical deeds in Knox County.

“I will make sure those stay transparent and open to the residents of Knox County.

“I also want to promote public history using those documents through community outreach.

“That will come by promoting this digital archive to local high schools and the University of Tennessee.

“I have made a career of helping the people of Knox County and this will be the next step.”

Nick McBride

Incumbent Republican

• Explain why you should be re-elected Register of Deeds?

“The Register of Deeds office in Knox County is tasked with the responsibility of providing the safety and security for the records of your largest investments and assets – your home and property. It is a critical position in local government, as it affects more than $10 billion in our local Knox County economy annually.

“Any mistake in this office could have a tremendous impact on a property owner, so this position is not the place for on-the-job training.”

McBride lists the following accomplishments and honors:

• has worked in the Register of Deeds office for more than 30 years, starting as an intern, to Register of Deeds since 2018, who “will ensure that property owners’ most important records are safeguarded and protected,” he said.

McBride said he has implemented several new programs since being elected in 2018, including the following: a free property fraud alert system; digitized records from 1968 back to the mid-1700s; E-recording and new computer system; Top Lender Report; and turned over $6 million in excess fees.

McBride also points out his service as president of the Tennessee Register’s Association and as first vice-president of the County Officials Association of Tennessee, saying he has been endorsed by the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors.