Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Retain Bill Schultz as Recorder-Clerk

From page A6 | April 18, 2014 |

Periodically someone thinks it might be worth a shot at running for election against Recorder-Clerk Bill Schultz. As usual they waste their money paying the filing fee.

This year’s competitor, who registered to vote in late February, was too busy to appear at the first candidates’ forum sponsored by the Tea Party in the Hills. And too busy to meet with the Mountain Democrat editorial board, even on a Sunday afternoon. He may even be too busy to vote for himself.

Bill Schultz has been the recorder-clerk since first winning election in 1994 and taking office in 1995. His tenure has been marked by remarkable advance for the Recorder’s Office as it shifted from microfiche to electronic filing and recording. A $1 document fee pays for a statewide consortium that handles the Web portal access for electronic document transfers. Schultz has been on the statewide committee that began organizing this and setting the parameters for electronic document transfers. Each title company or law office that seeks to file electronically must submit an application that Schultz reviews and approves.

Schultz has a long history with computerization and document management. He managed the computer operations for Mother Lode Bank, which was later absorbed by Security Pacific. That was after serving 20 years in the Navy, primarily as an air traffic controller on aircraft carriers, another computer-based assignment.

Before election as the Recorder-Clerk, Schultz served as a general utility infielder for the county. At one time he was manager of the Lake Tahoe Airport for the county and later was records manager for the county.

Even as recorder-clerk he is chasing down bunts and grounders for the county. He has the additional duty of being registrar of voters. Having witnessed some local election blunders in early 1980s by a previous county clerk, it is noteworthy that Schultz and his election crew have consistently turned in an error-free election. And everyone appreciates seeing the election results posted on the department’s Website.

And what is more fitting for the retired chief petty officer than his additional title of interim veterans affairs officer? Schultz not only handles grounders, but can pinch-hit.

We are not sure if he still plays A-league softball, but he is still collecting trophies for his tennis playing.

Bill Schultz is in top form and looking forward to another four years.

“I really like public service. It gives you a sense of accomplishment,” Schultz told the Mountain Democrat editorial board.

The Mountain Democrat endorses Bill Schultz for reelection as El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk.



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