The Collin County Clerk's Office has received the 2012 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties for creating and operating an innovative online program to renew livestock brands, marks and tattoos.

County Clerk Stacey Kemp, members of the county clerk's office staff and Information Technology (IT) Department staff worked together to develop an online system for livestock owners to renew their livestock brands.

According to the National Association of Counties' County News, Kemp and area ranchers had become fed up with the previous process that took too much time and frustrated animal owners. Kemp and her staff had to research each recorded brands, and then each brand being renewed had to be redrawn. The tedious process, she told County News, took at least 40 minutes per brand.

With the support of the Texas and Southwestern Cattleraisers Association, Kemp helped write and lobbied for a bill in the Texas Legislature that allows all county clerks to process their registrations online. It passed unanimously, according to County News.

"By scanning the pages of the brand book and putting them online, Kemp’s staff eliminated the bottleneck that comes with relying on a hard copy," according to County News. "Renewing owners can simply do so online, without having to visit the clerk’s office, and new applications can be handled by the office staff in less than 10 minutes."

The online registry contains all of the current registered brands, which makes it easier for law enforcement or anyone else who finds lost or stolen livestock to return it to its rightful owner. It includes a link to the association’s primer on interpreting brands.

Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis wrote on the county clerk's Facebook page that he's proud of the effective and efficient way that Kemp serves Collin County citizens.

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