Crisp kicks off run for Register of Deeds office

Professionalism was a trait many well-wishers gave in endorsing Phyllis Crisp for the Blount County Register of Deeds race.

More than 100 well-wishers turned out Sept. 17 to help Crisp kick off her campaign for Blount County Register of Deeds.

Lee Chambers of Maryville said he has known Crisp for 40 years. “She has a great reputation with the public. She does a great job, is very cordial, and I’ve enjoyed working with her,” he said.

Steve Jones of Blount County said he has known Crisp his entire life. “As I’ve gotten into business, I’ve had several dealings with her. She’s very well loved in the community. I think she would definitely be the person for the job,” he said.

Attorney Rob Goddard said Crisp’s expertise in the office is very important, as is her ability to work well with others. “The records in that office are vital to all the real estate transactions,” he said. “She has the personality and character of a good public servant.”

Former Blount County Mayor Bill Crisp is a cousin of Phyllis Crisp’s husband, Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp. “Obviously I’m biased, her husband Tony being my first cousin. What qualifies her in my mind is her ability and her years of experience, the personality she has and her willingness to help others,” he said.

Jeff Headrick of Maryville praised both Phyllis and Tony Crisp. “They’re great people. They’ve always been first-class folks,” he said. “I could not think of anyone better to serve in that office.”

Crisp has worked in county government for 10 years. She worked with former County Mayor Beverley Woodruff in public relations for two years and has worked in for current Register of Deeds Penny Whaley since 2004.

Crisp said she loves her job as deputy clerk in the Register of Deeds office. “I feel I’ve made a difference,” she said.

Penny Whaley announced on Sept. 28 she plans to retire at the end of her term. Whaley endorsed Crisp in the race. No other candidates have announced. A primary is set for May, 2010, and the general election is in August.

Crisp praised Whaley for running a good operation. “I would like to keep things the way they are. Penny has done an outstanding job, and we have a good staff,” she said. “I love what I do. I have a conviction for it,” she said.

Crisp said she enjoys working with the individuals who come into the Register of Deeds office. “It’s heartwarming when people are buying their first home or paying off a debt on a home they’ve been paying on for 30 years,” she said.

Crisp pledged to work hard as register of deeds. “I will do a good job for the taxpayers,” she said.

The reception was held at the home of Leslie and Loretta Cate. Mark and Jane Russell co-hosted the reception.

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