Dallas County recorder helps fix marriage snafu

My husband and I recently needed to obtain a copy of our marriage certificate, and learned that 20-plus years ago our marriage certificate was not filed with the Polk County recorder after our ceremony.

Our quest to get a “court ordered delayed marriage” certificate took us to several state and county offices. We later learned we were the fourth couple to have this problem statewide in three years, a real rarity.

At the fourth office we contacted, we had the good fortune of meeting Dallas County Recorder Chad Airhart, who took the time to research our problem, make phone calls to get necessary information, and help us navigate the complicated system, including meeting with a local judge to get an order authorizing our marriage from 20-plus years back.

We offered to take him to lunch to show our appreciation, and Chad accepted the invite. At lunch Airhart told us he is not allowed to receive gifts of more than $3, so when Airhart paid his lunch tab, we left a $3 tip for the wait staff with his payment. What a refreshing example of ethics and commitment in today’s often tainted political arena.

— Kathie and Tom Whalley, Urbandale

See Letter To The Editor Here: http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/readers/2016/05/17/dallas-county-recorder-helps-fix-marriage-snafu/84289640/