McKINNEY (June 10, 2015) — Collin County Clerk Stacey Kemp is one of only eight County Clerks in the state of Texas to be nominated for the County Clerk of the Year 2015 by the Region V County and District Clerk’s Association. Kemp is being recognized for bringing new technology and innovative processes to her office, improving customer service to the public.
Kemp took office in January 2007 and has won multiple awards for her innovative best practices, including online searches of public and legal notices, online renewals of livestock marks and brands, and online marriage license and DBA applications. Kemp recently launched the third phase of Collin County’s Genealogy Corner, which allows anyone to search online for historical records such as marriage records dating to 1846, birth and death indexes dating to 1901 and school census records dating to 1935.
Collin County’s probate and civil county courts began using a comprehensive court management system in 2008 that allows integration with law enforcement and the District Attorney’s office. The criminal county courts went online with this system in 2010. As a result, the probate and civil courts are now operating using electronic documents, virtually eliminating the use of paper in the courts. Kemp expects to have a pilot program for paperless criminal courts by the end of the year.
Kemp has ensured that the county’s historical records are publicly available by instituting comprehensive preservation protocols of the County Clerk’s records. Historical documents are cleaned, de-acidified, encapsulated in special sleeves and placed in permanent binders that will last for many generations to come. To date more than 2 million pages of historical records have been preserved.
Kemp also encouraged paperless filings in her Land Records department. As a result, 75 percent of all documents filed in Land Records are now electronically recorded. The County Clerk now has more than 5 million records available online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The County Clerk of the Year winner will be announced next week.
About Collin County
Collin County is one of 254 counties in the state of Texas and is located north of the metropolitan area of Dallas. It has a population of over 854,000, growing at a rate of almost 4 percent according to 2013 estimates. It covers over 840 square miles in land area. It is bordered by Grayson, Fannin, Hunt, Rockwall, Dallas and Denton counties. The county was founded in 1848 and has a county seat of McKinney. Both the county and the county seat were named after Collin McKinney, one of the five men who drafted the Texas Declaration of Independence. For more information, visit collincountytx.gov.