By Blake Froling
Ingham County Chronicle
Derrick Quinney has been named the 32nd register of deeds for Ingham County.
Curtis Hertel Jr. vacated the position when he became a state senator at the beginning of the year. Quinney was president of the Lansing City Council and gave up his seat once he was selected on Feb. 4. He was also previously the health and safety director at Michigan State AFL-CIO.
The statutory committee responsible for making the decision had 11 other candidates to consider. Quinney says he feels blessed to be chosen for the position. He has two years left on the term he took over from Hertel Jr.
Kyle Cobe, who was the interim register of deeds while a permanent replacement was being chosen, will return to her former position as chief deputy, a position she has held for about eight years.
When Hertel Jr. became a member of the state senate, there was talk about combining the city clerk’s office with the register of deeds to save money. According to Barb Byrum, the Ingham County clerk, the two offices would create too much confusion due to the sheer amount of documents and paperwork between the two offices. The move would also not save a great deal of money, she says.
The register of deeds is responsible for handling hundreds of kinds of public documents, including deeds and mortgages. A vault inside the office houses these documents going all the way back to 1838.
For more information on the register of deeds, visit its page on the Ingham County website.