Whaley to retire as Register of Deeds

Penny Whaley, Blount County Register of Deeds, announced Monday she will retire at the end of her term and is endorsing Phyllis Crisp as her successor.

In a letter, Whaley expressed her gratitude for her career in the Register of Deeds office. Howard L. Loveday hired her in October of 1988. She later worked as chief deputy for Register of Deeds Beverley Woodruff.

“I decided to run for Register of Deeds in 2002. I was elected that year, and again in 2006. This job has been very exciting and fulfilling. I have met so many wonderful people that I would not have had the opportunity to meet if I had not been in this position. I gained lifetime friends as well as memories.”

During her tenure, Whaley said she and her staff worked to upgrade the office’s computer technology, become more efficient, record transactions in a timely manner and recently upgraded the security at the office. In addition, Whaley and her staff have worked to make the office a paperless operation. This alone has resulted in the staff using less supplies and few employees, which in turn saves the county taxpayers money, she said.

“After many wonderful years, I have decided to retire at the end of this term. My husband, Rick, has been retired for four years, and we plan to increase our motorcycle riding, enjoy our family, friends and home.

“I want to take this opportunity to let the people of Blount County know how much I appreciate their support and trust they have shown me. I am grateful for you, my wonderful staff and all elected officials.”

Whaley also endorsed Phyllis Crisp, who has announced that she wants to run for Register of Deeds.

“I am very pleased at this time to announce my endorsement of Phyllis Lee Crisp for Register of Deeds for the 2010 election,” Whaley said in the letter.

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