Issues

The Dallas County Recorders Office
In 1839 the First Legislative Assembly of the Territory of Iowa created the Office of the County Recorder, with the purpose of maintaining official records of documents affecting real estate in order to protect innocent third parties in real estate transactions. Over the years the office has evolved and taken on many other responsibilities.

Lands & Records Management
Iowa’s 99 County Recorder offices handle land and records management for their respective counties. Mortgages, contacts, Federal & State tax liens, plats & surveys, bills of sale, 28E & drainage agreements, and other land agreements documents are recorded.

As the Vice Chairman of the Waukee Planning & Zoning Commission, Chad worked with developers, landowners and builders encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout Waukee. By being an effective public servant in this capacity, Chad gained the respect of his peers and public. Chad brought these experiences to the Recorder’s office, and has continued to be an effective public servant in working with our Counties developers, bankers, landowners, builders, and all involved in real estate transactions. Further, he is working to get 40 years worth of land records electronically indexed for the public to search online, while providing a disaster recovery system to ensure the continuation of commerce in the event of a disaster.

Marriage
On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. It is the opinion of Iowa Attorney General and Democrat, Tom Miller, that Recorders offices across Iowa are required to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples. As Recorder, Chad has pledged to follow the law and  Attorney General’s directions, but feels the best way to resolve the marriage issue is for the legislature to act on a definition of marriage or to let the residents of Iowa vote on the issue.

Vital RecordsMilitary Records, Birth, Death, Marriage Certificates & Genealogy Requests
Public records are one of those things that we don’t spend much time thinking about until we are faced with the reality that we need them. As a mobile society today, it is no wonder that folders and boxes containing our public records get left behind, or are misplaced when moving. Vital records are needed for, but not limited to the following:

  • Birth Certificate copies are needed to acquire a first I.D., get a passport or obtain a marriage license.
  • Marriage Certificates are needed to annul a marriage.
  • Death Records are important to make a claim on life insurance policies.
  • Military and civil service records provide unique facts and insights into the lives of men and women who have served their country at home and abroad.

These vital records also serve as a valuable tool for those looking to trace their lineage in the future. As a lifelong student of history, Chad understands the importance of these records and will assist the citizens of Dallas County in obtaining copies of vital records whether it be for legal purposes or genealogy research.

Boat, ATV/ORV and Snowmobile Registrations, Titles and Liens
Having spent a good portion of his childhood camping and spending time outdoors, Chad understands the importance and value of outdoor activities to many Iowa families. He relates well to the outdoorsman, and the needs they have. As a young boy, and even today, Chad enjoys leaving life’s daily pressures behind to reconnect with nature and family at Iowa parks, lakes and campgrounds. He works well with these patrons in providing them the services they need to enjoy the recreations that Iowa has to offer.

Hunting, Fishing & Fur Harvester Licenses
As a lifetime member of the NRA, and having worked with sportsmen across the state, Chad understands the wants of the Iowa sportsman, and he knows if not for the services of groups like the NRA & Iowa Sportsmen Federation, firearm owners and sportsmen in Iowa would not have many of the protections they enjoy today. As Recorder, Chad has continued to be an advocate for the rights of the Iowa Sportsman, and will happily serve the sportsmen in Dallas County in fulfilling their requests within the Recorders office.

Passports
The U.S. State Department instituted new regulation making Recorder’s offices in Iowa segregate duties between birth records and passport services. Under Recorder Airhart, the Dallas County Recorder’s office has been restructured to satisfy these new regulations. In June of 2010, the Dallas County Recorder’s office was the first office in Iowa inspected by the U.S. State Department, and passed with flying colors. This means that the Dallas County Recorder’s office will continue to be a passport agent, providing a great service to the citizens of Dallas County, while generating a substantial revenue for the county.

Iowa Notary Public
The Recorders office provides notary service to Dallas County Residents. Chad was appointed a Notary Public by the Secretary of State to serve the public as an impartial and unbiased witness by identifying persons who come before him as a Notary. The most common function of the Notary is to witness and attest that a person signing a document is authentic. The responsibilities of an Iowa Notary Public are critical to the legal, business, financial and real estate communities in this state. Chad has proven himself a trustworthy and competent Notary, and will continue to do so as County Recorder.

Click here to visit the “official site” of the Dallas County Recorder.