Macomb County clerk honored by national organization

The National Association of Counties recently  presented six innovation awards to Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Carmella Sabaugh.

NACo honored Sabaugh for innovations in jury services, real estate document search and concealed pistol licensing. 

Since she took office in 1993, Sabaugh has been presented with 65 NACo awards.

“I am proud of our union staff who worked with me to achieve these awards, which show that Macomb County is a place for innovation and good public service,” said Sabaugh in a prepared statement.

The awards cover:

• Uber rides for jurors — A jury summons now comes the availability of a driver to take the juror two and from the courthouse.

• Text messages to jurors — Text messages remind jurors of service and communicate with jurors during their service.

• Paying jurors in cash — Jurors are paid cash the same day of their jury service.

• Parcel ID verification improving land records search accuracy — A new process verifies parcel identification numbers, matching them to legal descriptions, on all recorded documents, creating a tract
index that establishes a chain of title based on the PIN’s.

• Online CPL applications —Concealed pistol license applicants may apply online.

• Kiosk queuing system — A “virtual queuing” system, with a FastPass appointment process, reduces customer wait times while providing data for supervisors to manage workflow and customer service.

Nationally, awards are given in 21 different categories including children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, environmental protection, information technology, health and civic engagement.

The National Association of Counties represents more than 3,000 county governments across the country.


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