John “Bev” Spickard announced his candidacy for re-election to his fifth term as Wilson County register of deeds.
Spickard was first elected to the office in August 1998. Prior to that, Spickard spent five years in the U.S. Army Infantry, 20 years in the Army National Guard, served as a Wilson County commissioner in the 16th District from 1994-98.
“I earned my certified public administrator certificate from the University of Tennessee in 2000 and served as treasurer for the Register of Deeds Association in 2001, 2007 and 2009,” Spickard said. “I served as president of the Tennessee Register of Deeds Association from 2008-09. I was chosen by the Tennessee Register of Deeds Association as register of deeds of the year in 2005 and 2009.”
Spickard said during the past 16 years, the register’s office implemented a system that has proven to be efficient and effective in the recording process and for document retention.
“I have been graced with an office staff that takes pride in their work and we have strived to make the register’s office efficient and effective,” Spickard said. “Over the next few years, the office will need to maintain and upgrade our system as needed and as always research all avenues of service that the register of deeds can provide.”
Spickard said preservation of records is of the upmost priority for the register of deeds.
“We have records dating back to the late 1700s, and these records are in the form of bound books, paper, microfilm and digital images,” he said. “Protecting 224-year-old records so that they may be around 200-plus years from now is top priority for this office.
“Thank you for letting me serve Wilson County, and I would appreciate your complimentary vote Aug. 7.”