Former recorder Robertson to act as interim for county

Steve Chapman

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Pam Robertson is back. The former Lawrence County Recorder of Deeds, who retired in 2018, temporarily resumed her old office after the passing of Recorder of Deeds Gary Emerson, who died on Nov. 5. She took the position of interim Recorder of Deeds at the request of the Lawrence County Commission, a position she will hold pending Governor Mike Parson appointing a new Recorder of Deeds to fill out the remainder of Emerson’s term.
“The commission called me and asked me if I would come back to work and be the interim recorder,” Robertson said. “Then the Lawrence County Central Committee will make a recommendation to the governor to appoint someone to fill the rest of the expired term.” Robertson added she expected the Central Committee to make their recommendation around Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Robertson, who was the Recorder of Deeds for 20 years, said that with the exception of the office now taking payments by credit card and some changes to the way banking is done, very little has changed since she retired.
“As far as the recording software; it’s all the same, and the old records in the back never change, so they’re just like they were before I left,” she said.
Robertson said the one bad thing about coming back to work was the reason she was called out of retirement. She recalled some memories she has of Emerson, whom she said “left (the office) in good shape.”
“He was the county clerk for 16 years of my 20,” she said, “so we didn’t work very closely together, but we were across the hall, and we just visited. (He was) a very kind man, gentle spirited; just a good guy.”
Robertson is one of four people who is being considered to fill out the rest of Emerson’s term, and she said if she is chosen, she will do so. However, she is not interested in running for another four-year term. Instead, she said, she would like to train a deputy clerk who could take over after the current term expires.
“I would hope that I would have an employee that would be interested in running, because I would not,” she said.
In the meantime, Robertson said she is enjoying helping the people who come into the office she holds temporarily.
“I’m getting to see a lot of my old friends that I hadn’t seen when I was retired, and it’s a good job working for the county,” she said. “I always enjoyed my job as recorder. It’s good to be able to serve the people and help them when they have a problem with their title or whatever; we can find their documents for them and help them through maybe some of their troubles.”


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