“It has been a great honor to represent and serve the citizens of Bradley County for the past three years,” Swafford states. She was elected in 2010.
She has 27 years experience as a clerk, deputy register and now register.
“While serving in the Register’s Office, our office has turned in over $2,568,633 in excess fees back into the General Fund,” Swafford said. “The Register’s Office is also budgeted $7,000 a year for part-time help and for the past three years all of that has been turned back into the general fund, saving the taxpayers $21,000.
“Even with a substantial increase in work this has been done while having six employees, which is the same number of employees as back in 1986, in hopes that someday the citizens of Bradley County could get a tax decrease,” she said.
Swafford states, “A goal of mine has been to cut spending. A project I started was to scan into the system the last 80 miscellaneous books which have now been completed, saving the taxpayers $30,000. My campaign promise was to come in early, stay late, work weekends — whatever it takes — and that’s just what I did and will continue to do.
“I want to thank my staff for all their hard work on this project and give special thanks to Gayla Ward (scanner) and Bonnie Wilson (clerk),” she said.
“My duties as Register consist of maintaining daily operations, and the proper recording of your deeds and other pertinent records is an important function of your county government.”
Swafford added, “I am still in charge of production, which consists of training all new employees and seeing that all documents are distributed among the employees for recording. I also oversee the scanning of old documents that date back to 1865, which means easier access for making copies in the office or via the Internet.”
The Register’s Office has partnered with two companies that do electronic filings. Swafford says the benefits of e-recording include:
—Documents are recorded in minutes;
—Savings of time and reduced rejections;
—Avoiding mailing costs;
—Elimination of payment errors and check writing expenses; and
—Shortening the recording gap.
“Bradley County has the most current, time-tested technology. To keep the important documents safe and readily available to the public, documents are recorded immediately and returned in less than 24 hours,” she said.
“Consistent computer and record updates help keep the Bradley County’s Register of Deeds office one of the most modern and up-to-date offices in the state, while keeping the old-fashioned friendly service available to the public,” Swafford said.
Swafford plans to continue to maintain an office of honesty and dependability, which the public will be proud of and feel welcomed to when they enter the Register of Deeds Office.
“I ask the citizens of Bradley County to let me continue to serve as their Register of Deeds,” she said.
Swafford is married to David R. Swafford and they have two sons and three grandchildren. She is the daughter of Glenn C. Cantrell and the late Mary Elizabeth Cantrell.
Swafford is a member of the Tennessee Register’s Association, a member of the Bradley County Republican Party, a member of McDonald Ruritan Club and a member of the Bancroft Church of God.