Letter to the Editor: Facts contradict Reisinger campaign

Dear Editor,

An October 26 Asheville Citizen-Times letter writer states: “Reisinger brought the ROD office into the Internet age, enabling online access…” yet contradicts that by saying he (the letter writer) helped Otto DeBruhl “implement their first computerization initiative” in the 1980s,” and called DeBruhl’s office a “well-run if technologically conservative department.” How, exactly, can computerization in the 1980s be considered “technologically conservative”??

In 2007, DeBruhl contracted with Cott, the data management company serving the ROD office since at least 1971, to index deed books dating from 1805 “in a format searchable by the public.” The data originated from microfilm images or hardcopy index books provided by his office. The investment in that work was $159,928.

In 2008, DeBruhl advanced his office to Cott’s new Resolution3 Land Records Management software “providing ease of use for even the novice computer user,” at an investment of $19,770.

In 2009, DeBruhl added another web server and invested $5,000 with a signed contract to lay the foundation for eRecording.

Buncombe County’s IT department provided the Spanish website, activated credit/debit card acceptance, and added online marriage license applications.

Reisinger has brought nothing new to the office himself. He takes credit for the work of Otto DeBruhl and the IT department.

Peggy Bennett

Leicester NC

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