Ed’s Action Plan

When Elected Recorder of Deeds…

Before he is sworn into office

  • Ed McFowland will begin working with City Treasurer Tishaura Jones on transfer of the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund from an office checkbook to an account with the Treasurer. With this transfer, the City Recorder will finally be in compliance with Missouri law and 2010 State Auditor request on the account.
  • Ed McFowland will seek a partnership with Mayor Francis Slay to transfer the City’s Domestic Partner Registry from the City Register Office to the Recorder’s Marriage License Department and explore other consolidations. Marriage Equality will not bring an end to the Domestic Partner Registry. There will still be couples who will utilize the Registry.
  • Ed McFowland will meet with current supervisory staff and front office personnel to determine his Chief Deputy Recorder appointment from among those employees.
  • Ed McFowland will meet with each Recorder employee individually to obtain his or her input on changes to the office, including their ideas on how to make the office more efficient and increase revenue to the City from old and new services.
  • Ed McFowland will begin lobbying the Recorders Association of Missouri to support Marriage Equality as Missouri’s cases progress in the courts and prepare counties for statewide issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

On his first day as Recorder and each day thereafter

In his first week as Recorder

  • Ed McFowland will begin pursuing a U.S. Passport Acceptance Office for the Recorder’s Office. The Recorder is a copy center for Missouri Birth Certificates. A Birth Certificate is required for a U.S. Passport. Providing Passport services will increase Birth Certificate copy purchases, meaning increased revenue to City.
  • Ed McFowland will establish a plan for the Recorder’s Office to provide online purchase of land and marriage records using a credit card.
  • Ed McFowland will begin online posting of expenditures made from the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund, providing complete transparency on these public funds.
  • Ed McFowland will establish a Recorder’s Office blog and Twitter account to provide updates on improvements to the office, pending legislation or court cases affecting the Recorder’s Office, and educate the public on the City’s rich history as found in records maintained by the Recorder’s Office.

In his first month as Recorder

  • Ed McFowland will establish a plan to provide the public with free online access to land and marriage indexes.
  • Ed McFowland will establish a plan to make the Recorder’s Office immigrant-friendly.
  • Ed McFowland will begin lobbying the Recorders Association of Missouri and members of the Missouri General Assembly to support passage of a law to allow Recorders to perform civil marriage ceremonies. Upon passage, he will provide civil ceremonies at City Hall and other locations, supplementing the service provided by Circuit Court judges on some Fridays at the Courthouse.
  • Ed McFowland will establish a St. Louis City Hall Historical Society to market Recorder of Deeds services (to increase revenue to the City), to promote our City’s history and City Hall as a tourist destination, to establish a Volunteer Program and Internship Program at the Recorder’s Office, and to hold fundraisers and accept grants for those purposes.
  • Ed McFowland will establish and make public a Recorder’s Office employment policy, an employee manual outlining employee rights and responsibilities, and an employee evaluation program which rewards team work, professionalism, productivity, and improvement.
  • Ed McFowland will begin requiring supervisory employees to attend management-related classes provided by the City’s Employee Training and Development Section.
  • Ed McFowland will establish a Code of Conduct in the Recorder’s Office and nepotism will be prohibited.

In his second month as Recorder

  • Ed McFowland will begin offering special events and promotions to attract couples from neighboring counties to obtain their marriage licenses from the City Recorder’s Office and encourage domestic partners to register with the City. More marriage license issuance means more revenue for the City.
  • Ed McFowland will begin promoting the Recorder’s Birth Certificate copy services to increase revenue to the City.
  • Ed McFowland will begin partnering with Veterans organizations to educate veterans on the Recorder’s free recording service for DD-214s (Military Discharges).
  • Ed McFowland will begin offering, on a trial basis, two Research Saturdays per month for weekend public access to land and marriage records research and copy purchase.
  • Ed McFowland will begin offering tours of City Hall by Recorder employees and volunteers.

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