Upgrading technology and using it to streamline the office operations of the Register of Deeds are some of Penny Whaley’s proudest accomplishments.
On Aug. 31, Whaley retired from public service after eight years as Register of Deeds for Blount County.
Whaley said her team’s proudest achievement was upgrading to new technology that allowed them to computerize the office. “That helped us streamlined daily processes and procedures so we’re more effective. We preserve records by scanning, which reduces the need for additional storage space and cuts operational costs and manpower,” Whaley said. “I was really pleased we could do that because it was a savings to the taxpayers.”
Whaley, 59, grew up on Blockhouse Road and went to Everett High School. She worked at Institutional Jobbers as an administrative assistant in the Equipment Division before coming to the county in October of 1988. She was elected Register of Deeds in 2002.
“I have mixed emotions about leaving,” Whaley said. “It’s a very happy day, because you set goals and finally reach them. I’ve got lifelong friends here and wonderful memories, so I’ll miss everyone here,” she said. “We can laugh together, cry together and pray together. It has been a wonderful group to work with.”
On Aug. 10, Whaley’s staff hosted a reception in her honor. “It was a great. They were trying to surprise me, but they had to ask me about a date but it turned out really, really well,” she said. “I saw so many people I haven’t seen lately, so that was a real fun time.”
Whaley said she looks forward to spending more time with her husband, Rick, who retired five years ago. They’ve been married 39 years and plan to travel. “I’d like to be at home a little while and do a few things and then we’d like to go out West on our motorcycle, see the country and then take some short trips,” she said.
Whaley said it has been a great career working with county residents. “I’ll miss it, and I’ll miss all the voters who showed their confidence in me by electing me twice,” she said. “I have really enjoyed my job.”