Processing time on documents by register of deeds a concern

The current register of deeds, Ms. Constance B. Coram, exhibits a serious lack of knowledge, leadership, and professionalism. This leaves me gravely concerned, as all of Wayne County should be, for the integrity of that office in indexing and safe keeping of our public documents.

Prior to Ms. Coram, the time frame for documents to be recorded, indexed, verified, scanned, and released to the public was three to five days after the date of presentation. Ask any real estate attorney that has practiced over the years. That three to five days has been the register of deeds’ gold standard for at least the past 40 years.

N.C. General Statute 161-14 states that documents must be “cross-indexed on the permanent indexes not later than 30 days after the date of presentation.”

Ms. Coram was sworn in on Dec 14, 2020. As of Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, the document release time is (almost) 50 days after the date of presentation.

Ms. Coram wrote about following the statutes with her campaign literature, she spoke about following the statutes in her speeches, yet she broke the very statutes she took an oath to follow.

In my letter to the state and county governing bodies, I wrote: “Please find Ms. Coram guilty of these violations and unable to perform the duties of this office. I suggest that N.C. General Statute 161-27 should govern their actions: ‘If any register of deeds fails to perform any of the duties imposed or authorized by law, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor, and he shall be removed from office.’ ”

Are you concerned? Please communicate with District Attorney Matthew Delbridge and your County commissioner.

Linda Jordan