Scott County recorder candidate

Michele Darland touts corporate communications background


Share pertinent experiences, education and background.

Earlier in my career, I was the festival manager for the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival, where I had to collaborate and bring together the city government, the convention and visitors bureau, all area non-profits and corporations and get them to all work together to promote and be a part of the festival.

As the communications specialist for Sedona Technologies, I had to manage technical projects for John Deere clients. I had to sell and market workflow software to John Deere dealers, which gave me a broader view of IT solutions and efficiencies and how they benefit the end user, which would be beneficial to the recorder’s office.

I was later promoted to corporate communications, which marketed all divisions within the Sedona Group.

I am an avid volunteer in the community, having served on several boards such as the Child Abuse Council, Ballet Quad Cities, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. I have served as president of Junior League of the Quad Cities and was chair of Riverssance.

What are your priorities, if elected?

The No. 1 priority is to be present, in the office, accountable, leading my team eight hours a day, five days a week.

It is important for the taxpayers of Scott County to be able to apply for and renew passports, once again, five days a week during the full eight-hour workday.

Also, I would not inconvenience the citizens of Scott County by having them come in person to have any questions answered, and instead allow the experienced staff to answer questions over the phone.

Assess the staffing of the recorder’s office. What changes would you make?

• Cross training: It is important that each member knows what their teammate does every day so we can cover each other.

• Consistent training methods: Each staff member should train the same way for consistent methods of problem solving.

• Promotion from within: Promoting from within the office lends for better morale, and a positive work atmosphere and no loss of experienced talent.

• Lead by example: My work ethic is about teamwork and being accountable. Showing up and caring about my staff and the people we serve. There is nothing I would not expect from my staff that I would not do myself. There is no hierarchy. We serve the people together.

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