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Ex-Recorder Sharon Carpenter Failed To Comply With State Audit Agreement

Thursday, I received the following response from the City Counselor’s office to my Sunshine Request for mileage logs that Sharon Carpenter toldĀ State Auditor Susan Montee she would keep.nomileagelogsqc

As suspected, Carpenter did not actually maintain any such records.

The only documentation on her vehicle use is the estimated mileage she turned in to the Comptroller’s office for IRS purposes.

Based on her paperwork and using a generous 20 mile roundtrip commute, Carpenter is alleging that she drove her city vehicle to work 3 days a week in 2013 and 2012, and nearly 4 days a week in 2011.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds



New Recorder Fails To Comply With Sunshine Law, Florida Working With Mayor To Stonewall

In my Wednesday email to members of St. Louis Democratic City Central Committee, I wrote:

The new Recorder of Deeds has had seven business days to produce copies of thirteen checks from the Recorder’s technology and Preservation Fund.

It’s been sixteen business days since the City Counselor’s Office got involved.

I’ve been trying to get Ed-Recorder Sharon Carpenter’s vehicle mileage logs since April 28th.

Last week, I did not blame newly appointed Recorder Florida.

But now it is obvious that Recorder Florida is working in concert with the City Counselor’s Office and, therefore, Mayor Francis Slay to stonewall release of public records to serve political purposes relating to her Independent bid for Recorder on the November ballot.

Is this what we are to expect on other records maintained by the Recorder? Will it take more than a week to get a copy of your real estate recorder of marriage license?

Shouldn’t Democratic Party voters have all the information on Ex-Recorder Carpenter’s handling of public funds and resources before the August 5 election, not after the election when it suits the Mayor?

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Recorder Carpenter Fails To Respond to Sunshine Request

I have been trying to get copies of the mileage logs for St. Louis City Recorder’s City-issued car from January 1, 2011 thru March 31, 2014. I have hand delivered two requests to Recorder Sharon Carpenter’s office, including one a week ago, June 25th.

Comptroller Darlene Green has sent me the mileage reported by Recorder Carpenter for IRS purposes. These records show a great deal more in commuting miles to and from work than what is generally held to have been Carpenter’s infrequent visits to her City Hall office over recent years. My hope is the mileage logs will shed some light on her use of the taxpayer funded car.

Recorder Carpenter agreed to maintain a Vehicle Use Log for the car as a result of the January 2010 Audit by Missouri State Auditor Susan Montee.

The Audit stated:

“The Recorder used a city-owned vehicle for personal use and did not maintain vehicle usage logs to document commuting and personal use of the vehicle. The Recorder reported estimated personal usage of 4,000 miles and commuting usage of 4,844 miles to the City Comptroller’s office for calendar year 2008 and was taxed for this usage. The Recorder does not maintain a vehicle usage log to document miles driven for official, commuting, and personal use. Service department records show the vehicle was driven a total of approximately 13,000 miles during 2008.”

“Without adequate usage logs, the Recorder cannot effectively demonstrate the purpose for which the vehicle is used. Vehicle usage logs should include trip information (i.e., beginning and ending odometer readings, destination, and purpose).”

“WE RECOMMEND the Recorder of Deeds prepare a vehicle usage log to ensure personal and commuting mileage reported for compensation is adequately supported.”

According to the Audit, Recorder Carpenter responded in the affirmative.

“The Recorder provided the following written response:
The Recorder has implemented this recommendation.”

This is not the first time, Recorder Carpenter has not responded in a timely manner to a Chapter 610, Revised Statutes of Missouri request for public records. She took a month to respond to my request for copies of records relating the Recorder’s Technology and Preservation Fund.

It is disturbing that a public records office has such a hard time providing public records on its finances.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds

Modernizing the Recorder Office

June 4th I emailed this information to members of the St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee.

Modernizing the Recorder of Deeds office should mean more than renovating or redecorating it.

There are many changes I will bring to the Recorder office. In addition to making the office smoke-free and providing complete transparency on the Recorder Technology and Preservation Fund by publicizing it online, as your next Recorder of Deeds:

I will provide for online credit card payment for deeds and marriage license copies.

I will make land deed and marriage license indexes available online for free.

The public should be able to search these records without paying a subscription fee, which is what Sharon Carpenter does. Why aren’t Recorder indexes searchable online in St. Louis City?

Boone County Recorder of Deeds has a registration system for free marriage and deed searches
Cass County Recorder of Deeds has a registration system for free searches or subscription for copy purchase
Franklin County Recorder of Deeds has a Marriage License Search and Deed Search 1964-Present
Greene County Recorder of Deeds has a Marriage License Search and Deed Search
Jackson County Recorder of Deeds has a Marriage License Search and Land Records Search
Johnson County Recorder of Deeds has a Deeds Search
St. Charles County Recorder of Deeds has a registration system that allows you to do searches for free and pay as you go for copy purchases, or choice of other subscription deals
St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds has a Deed Search

But not us. Sharon Carpenter was once a leader in records technology but no more. It’s time for change. I will bring that change.

Edward McFowland 314-600-1261
Democratic Candidate for Recorder of Deeds