Meet Elzbieta (Ela) Bilderback, La Porte County Recorder

#DDD Guest: Elzbieta (Ela) Bilderback, current La Porte County Recorder. Ella is running for re-election this year, and has a challenger in the Primary Election. She has graciously taken time out of her schedule to appear on #DionsDailyDose to give you, the resident and voter, an opportunity to meet her, ask her any questions you may have, and decide whether or not she is worthy of your vote. On a personal note, Dion has known Ms. Bilderback for a few years now socially, and she is one of the nicest, most thoughtful, and kindest souls he's ever met. At the same time, she can most certainly hold her own with the toughest out there, because some people mistake kindness for weakness. We ask all of our guests to send us a bio, and this what we were sent: -- “I am pleased with the progress that my staff and I have made over the last 3 years,” she said, “and I wish to continue that work.” Bilderback noted she was especially proud of the back-indexing of old records that her office has accomplished. “When I came on board, we had over 500,000 old records to update, and make electronically searchable. This is a tedious process that, if done by an outside vendor, would have cost $750,000. My office has completed 400,000 of the 500,000 records. This is significant, because it was done at a time when the real estate market was extremely busy (2021 into early 2022), and we were witnessing a level of recording activity that had not been seen in many years. My goal and intent is to complete the remaining 100,000 records by the end of this year,” she said. Other accomplishments Bilderback noted include updating the computers in her office. “We had programs freezing up and shutting down, compromising efficiency, when I came into office. The last time the computers had been updated was 10 years prior, so it was time,” she said. She also noted that the Recorder’s vault in the courthouse has finally been cleaned out for the first time in years. “It was bad. There was all kinds of stuff that did not belong in there. It was being used as a place to store things that nobody wanted to deal with, and it was dirty and dusty. We also put a plan in place to regulate temperature and humidity more closely, and have additionally begun the process of de-acidifying the prized deed record books, through an outside specialist. All of this, together, will increase the longevity of these critical records,” she said." -END- I hope you'll join us Thursday, March 7th at 7PM Central time to meet Ela Bilderback, ask her what's important to you, and most importantly, become an even more educated voter. #LaPorteCounty #LaPorte #MichiganCity #NWIN #Recorder #LaPorteCountyRecorder