The Recorder is a constitutional officer elected for a term of four years by vote of the county at large, and is prohibited from serving more than eight years within a twelve-year period.
Primary duties of the Recorder are:
The chief function of the recorder is that of perserving public records, including deeds, mortgages, liens, leases, articles of incorporation, and amendments, certificates authorizing foreign corporations to do busines within the state, Army and Navy discharges, bankruptcy notices, etc.}
Instruments affecting title to real estate must be signed by the County Auditor showing transfer of property for taxation before it can be recorded. Deeds executed by corporations and non-residents of the state of Indiana canot be accepted for recording by the Recorder unless evidence that gross income tax has been paid on proceeds of the sale is attached to the instrument.
The County Recorder cannot accept, for recording instruments which do not bear immediately below the written signatures, printed, typewritten, or stamped names of persons signing them, unless the instrument is accompanied by the affidavit certifying the correctness of the names represented by the signatures. This does not apply to court orders, decrees, judgments or writs, death certificates, or instruments executed outside the state.