Kristi Chlebowski has worked in the Register of Deeds office since 1998 and as the elected register of deeds since her first run in 2007. She has an impressive background in both real estate and office management. She has worked in the title insurance industry for over 15 years, in addition to having over 30 years of office/managerial experience that encompasses both the public and private sectors. This experience includes business/office start-up, including generation of office procedures, office policy implementation, systems creation, personnel hiring, budget formation and monitoring.
Since her first term as register of deeds, Kristi commenced the extensive project of digitally imaging all Dane County real estate records and they are subsequently back indexed by office staff. This initiative helps to provide citizens and businesses with more convenient methods of document retrieval, in addition to safeguarding our document images from aging film reels and fiche.
Kristi consistently promotes technology and office upgrade that streamline real estate document recordings and provide for the most ease of document searchability and document preservation.
Kristi and her staff have implemented many cost-saving programs in the register of deeds department, including electronically returning documents to approved financial partners and consequently incurring savings from the costs of physically returning paper documents.
Kristi has served on the Dane County Land Information Committee since her election to the register of deeds office in 2007. She is currently the chair of this committee, having been elected chair in 2011.
In 2008 Kristi began participating in the property fraud alert service, which notifies participants whenever a real estate document is recorded in their name in this office. This service is provided at no charge to citizens.
In 2009 Gov. Doyle appointed Kristi to serve a three-year membership on the Electronic Recording Council–Wisconsin (ERC-WI). During her three-year term Kristi acted in the chair capacity. This council was created by legislation known as the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. The council is charged with developing administrative rules and guidance on implementing electronic recording of land documents by Wisconsin register of deeds.
In 2013 Kristi testified during the Act 247 legislation discussions to stop deed solicitors from sending out notices to the public and trying to charge $60 or more per deed when the cost is generally $2-$3 in our office.
In 2014 Kristi implemented the Dane County Honor Rewards to Veterans program. This program provides a personalized Honor Rewards cards to veterans that they can present to local businesses and vendors who provide discounts and rewards to those who have served and fought for our freedom. This service is at no charge to veteran citizens.
Kristi developed a partnership with local title companies to receive the Dane County real estate index daily. This agreement has provided an additional source of revenue for the county in addition to bringing local jobs back from those title companies that had outsourced this task to overseas employees.
Kristi is a member of the Dane County Democratic Party, the Dane County Land Information Committee and the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association. Previously she held membership in the National Association of Certified Public Manager, Avid Technology Committee (Audio Visual Intelligent Data) and the Property Records Educational Partners. In addition, she has participated in several local civic community organizations including the Optimist Club, City-County Combined Campaign, Sun Prairie Youth Bowling, Door Creek Church Mission Outreach and the Salvation Army.
Kristi Chlebowski, the incumbent, is unchallenged in the race for Dane County register of deeds.