COUNTY CLERK: Sue Carol Perry

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By Lisa King

Shelby County Clerk Sue Carol Perry said her love for her hometown, and her concern for her neighbors has prompted her to run for office 32 years ago.


Now she's been in office longer than any of the elected officials today.

Under the leadership of Sue Carole Perry, the County Clerk's office was the first in the county to be computerized.

Shortly after taking office in January 1978, Perry started a computer indexing system for the real estate records. Shelby was the second county in the state to join the statewide Automated Vehicle Information System known as AVIS, and the clerk's office was also the first county to have Web page. Now, Title examiners are able to view and print the records of the deed room via the Internet.

The county clerk is charged with the responsibility of preserving the permanent records since 1792. One of the accomplishments of which she is most proud is the opening of the "Old Records Room."

"This keeps the genealogists away from the tile examiners and others who work with current records," she said.

Perry received the 2001 Award of Merit from the Friends of the Kentucky Public Archives for her work in the preservation and computerizing of the records.

Perry said service to Shelby Countians is another one of her priorities.

"My staff and I are here to serve the people of Shelby County and anyone who comes in the office with need," she said. "It is nothing unusual for one of my staff to go outside to help senior citizens replace the tags on their vehicles."

For her community service, Perry received the Sun Walton Community Leader Award in 1995. She served on the Shelby Development Board for several years and was chairman of the board in 1992. She also worked with the Girl Scouts as County Coordinator and Cookie Chairman.

She remains active in many statewide organizations and served as president of the Kentucky Association of Counties in 1987 and the Kentucky County Clerk's Association in 1992. She also served as vice chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party in 1988. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the County Clerk's Association of County Officials.