My name is Rita Vargas, I have been the Scott County Recorder for the past 19 years. I hold a master’s in public administration from Drake University. Additionally, I am certified through the Iowa County Recorders’ Association, I serve on the Vital Records Liaison Committee (VLC), and I am the vice president of the Recorders’ Association District 6.
I have served on many community organizations throughout the last 35 years, and was the 2017 Honorary Survivor Chair for the QC Komen Race for the Cure.
Most importantly, I bring 19 years of experience as your Scott County Recorder.
During my tenure, I have advanced the recorder’s office with following initiatives:
2004: I implemented the Cott Electronic Land System, providing customers 24/7 access to land records.
2018: In collaboration with five other county departments, we created a county parcel query application with a consolidated property mapping and document viewing service.
2019: I implemented a process of digitizing our land records dating back to 1971, with future plans to employ an online digital books application, a convenient platform for viewing historical books.
As a member of the VLC, our work led to a statewide electronic system allowing recorders access to marriage and death records back to 1954 and birth records back to 1986. Customers can now obtain some of their vital records regardless of what Iowa county the event occurred.
The Conservation Department will soon have the availability for online renewals, a service customers requested, and I am making possible.
Lastly, due to high demand for passport acceptance facilities, I volunteered to provide this additional service. To meet the needs of our customers, we made scheduled appointments available in order to streamline their experience. Due to high demand and to provide more flexibility, we are opening a third day for walk-in service.
My proven leadership, commitment, and vision for the Recorder’s Office has been put into action, and these enhancements are possible due to my knowledgeable, dedicated and top-notch management team and staff.