About Us


First elected in 1996, Mary Ellen is the first woman in Lake County's history to serve as Lake County Recorder of Deeds.


The mission of the Recorder of Deeds is to promptly record, preserve, and provide access to public records in the most accurate, efficient, responsible and professional manner.


The vision of the Recorder of Deeds is to continue using advanced technology, yet keep the old-fashioned traditions of the office alive. Each and every phone call is personally answered!

Guiding Philosophy

We are committed to providing all customers of the Recorder of Deeds Office with current and accurate information. Through dedicated personnel and emerging technology, we continue "Doing Good Deeds for You."


  • Promptly record all instruments in accordance with statutory requirements.
  • Expedite retrieval and reproduction of recorded documents and continually seek to enhance these methods.
  • Protect and preserve all public records in an understandable format.
  • Promote a professional work environment in which our customers and employees are valued and treated with courtesy and respect.
  • Provide trustworthy, supportive, and consistent leadership to office staff.
  • Provide staff with professional development opportunities.
  • Maintain a transparent and balance budget.


  • Continue to review our business practices to offer additional tools and products for the professional user, as well as the casual user of our office.

Memberships and Other Public Service

  • Cristo Rey St. Martin High School - Founding Member and Board of Directors
  • United Way Women's Leadership Council
  • Recipient: Lake County Veteran's Assistance "Eagle" Award
  • Recipient: Lake County Veteran's Assistance "Seven Seals" Award
  • Recipient: 2012 "Technology Leadership in Government" National Award
  • Recipient: 2008 "Most Influential African American-Freedom Award" Awarded by People's Voice
  • Recipient: 1997 Lakeland Publishers "Forefronts" Award for Public Service
  • Recipient: American Heart Association "Industry Leader" Award
  • Past member of the State of Illinois Advisory Board
  • Past member of the Salvation Army Board
  • Past Member of the United Way Board of Directors