POMEROY — Kay Hill is completing her third term as Meigs County recorder, and she’s hoping the local community, on March 15, will elect her for her fourth.
Hill, a longtime resident of Syracuse, is running as a Republican on the March 15 ballot, and said her experience is what helps her stand out as a candidate. As a graduate of Southern High School, Hill’s other jobs included working at the business formerly known as Chapman and Canady Shoe Store and Elberfelds, with Emmogene Hamilton. Hamilton went on to become deputy recorder and invited Hill to join the office as well. From there, she served as deputy recorder under Hamilton and Judy King before taking the position in 2005 — the position she’s come to know and love.
“I like the public, working for the people — I just like my job, I like what I do,” she said. “(Getting this job) made me feel fortunate to stay in the county. A lot of people have to leave the county to get jobs, but I was one of the fortunate ones to stay in the county.”
As Meigs County recorder, Hill does exactly that — she and her two employees, First Deputy Wanda Shank and Second Deputy Elizabeth Wolfe, record documents for residents of the county for records, including deeds, mortgages and leases, among others document types. She said because of her job she has a good relationship with both the Meigs County commissioners and Meigs County Auditor Mary T. Byer Hill, as the deeds make their way to the commissioners’ and auditor’s office before reaching Hill and her employees. She also cited a good relationship with Meigs County Treasurer Peggy Yost, as Yost’s office makes sure that taxes are paid on properties brought to the recorder’s office.
Hill said she has three projects in the works as recorder. Her first project, with the help of the Meigs County Highway Department, have scanned all of Meigs County’s maps ranging from today to the 19th century. The local garage took photos of the maps and put those photos on a disc. This way, anyone coming into the office can view the maps without having to handle potentially delicate paper. Hill said she eventually wants to get the maps incorporated onto the office’s computer system to make them even more accessible to the public.
Hill’s other future project she would like to achieve is working with Meigs County Veterans Services to create cards for local veterans to carry in their wallet. Hill said this would be an easier alternative than for veterans to carry their service discharge papers to be properly identified as a veteran. Finally, as her third project, Hill hopes for the Meigs County Recorder’s Office to have more of an online presence.
Along with recording, Hill attends continuing education classes for Ohio Recorders and other conferences for the office.
Along with her career, she is a member of the Ohio Recorders Association, Republican Central Committee-Syracuse, Syracuse-Racine Regional Sewer Board member, Racine Eastern Star 134 member, and a member of Racine United Methodist Church.
She and husband, Henry Hill, have two daughters, Mindy (Terry) Patterson and Monica Freeman, and three grandchildren — grandsons Cody and Dalton Patterson and granddaughter Katey Patterson.
Hill is challenged by Republican candidate for the position Huey Eason for the position of Meigs County Recorder in the March 15 primary.