Whetstone offers herself as a candidate in 2010 because she believes the Recorder’s Office can move forward with smart uses of technology. The next step for recording in Indiana is e(electronic)-recording of documents. With her banking experience in mortgage and consumer loans, she will be able to oversee correct application of e-recording. She is familiar with the Indiana State Statutes that must be followed for the Recorder’s Office. Every document recorded and preserved must follow the established Indiana Codes and all new technology has to conform to these statutes.
For the last three years, Whetstone has served as the Chief First Deputy to the Whitley County Auditor. Her knowledge obtained in the Auditor’s Office will assist her in retaining the “checks and balances” needed to run a public office such as the Recorder’s. Protecting our property owners’ chain-of-title in a public office is a job shared by the Assessor, Auditor, and Recorder. With Whetstone’s experience, she has come to understand this flow of work and will be able to continue to deliver it and oversee the streamlining of it.
On a personal note, she was born and raised near Plymouth, Indiana. She was encouraged to become involved in county government by her mother, who served as First Deputy Recorder in Marshall County for 14 years. She lives in Columbia City with her husband, Chad, and stepson, L.G. They are members of the Columbia City United Methodist Church.
Before her employment in county government, she was Branch Manager of Peoples Federal Savings Bank in Columbia City for eight years. Her responsibilities included mortgage and consumer loan request, marketing, human resources, employee management and administrative affairs.
For the nine years prior to 1998, she was employed at Standard Federal Bank in Fort Wayne where she was an Assistant Manager responsible for enforcing bank policies and regulations. Her duties included processing and closing mortgages and consumer loans. She served as a counselor representing the bank in customer service transactions.
Whetstone’s education includes an Associates Degree in Accounting from International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has further credentialing in Deposit Account Operations, Accounts & Services, Real Estate Principles, and Residential Mortgage Lending from the Institute of Financial Education in Chicago, Illinois.
Because she has a healthy respect for county government, she believes she has the right combination of experience, desire, ideas and motivation to lead the Recorder’s Office for the next four years.