DOBSON — It was a low-key affair, according to Carolyn Comer, that saw her reach her 40th anniversary in a county office this week.
District Attorney Ricky Bowman performed the swearing in Monday as Comer started her fourth term as Surry County register of deeds.
It was very quiet, she said. “My husband assisted me by holding my Bible,” she said. Then the next day she swore in her staff members.
She said before the election that her first day working in the deeds office was in December 1976, the first day that Bud Cameron started as register of deeds. Now this year she hits the 40-year milestone.
She said she is humbled to serve as register and wants to do her job without fanfare.
Though Comer’s position is elected, she said she works hard to keep the operations of her office free and clear of any political games.
“We’ve simply made the choice to do our jobs as best we can and try to stay above the politics,” explained Comer. “We pride ourselves in avoiding the drama that politics sometimes brings to elected office.”
Comer’s office is charged with indexing legal documents, including vital records such as birth and marriage certificates, as well as deeds and powers of attorney. Comer and her staff record more than 90,000 pages of legal instruments, 1,000 birth certificates, 500 death certificates and 650 marriage records per year, according to Comer.
Comer said some records maintained by her office date back to 1771, when the county was formed.
After winning her race unopposed, Comer stated that she’s happy to have earned the public’s trust.
“I’m incredibly grateful to have been re-elected. After 40 years in the Register of Deeds office – the last 12 as our elected registrar – I am humbled to have had, and continue to have the trust and confidence of the people of our county.
“We’ve worked hard to make sure our office operate above the political fray, and I believe that approach has been appreciated. I thank our citizens for their belief in me, and want them to know that I truly do appreciate the opportunity to serve as their Surry County register of deeds.”