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New Hanover County Register of Deeds Tammy Beasley. Courtesy photo.
New Hanover County Register of Deeds Tammy Beasley. Courtesy photo.

A national organization has awarded a local elected official its top honor.

New Hanover County’s Register of Deeds, Tammy Theusch Beasley, was named the 2016 Public Official of the Year by the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC). According to a release from the county, the award is given annually to one person who provides quality service and a long-term vision for the community as well as “exemplifies leadership, ingenuity and excellence in his or her office.”

Theusch Beasley was elected to her position as the keeper of the county’s public and legal records in November 2012. Since then, she has started the first “Thank-A-Vet” program in a five-county radius, a program that offers discounts at local businesses to veterans who have registered their DD214s, or discharge of duty forms, with the county. Under her leadership, her office has also collaborated with students and faculty from Cape Fear Community College to document and index over 10,000 slave sales dating back to the 1820s.

Recently, her office, which is also in charge of birth, marriage, and death certificates as well as property records, moved into the bottom floor of the newly renovated county government building at 320 Chestnut St. in downtown Wilmington. In addition to having two offices to serve the public (with the other located at the New Hanover County Government Center near the University of North Carolina – Wilmington), Theusch Beasley also started a curbside service for her and her staff to better serve the handicapped members of the community.

Theusch Beasley graduated from the George Washington University Government Management/Public Leadership program, as well as from the University of North Carolina School of Government’s Advanced Program for Registers of Deeds. She also holds a paralegal associate’s degree from CFCC.

The award was presented to Theusch Beasley on June 29 during the NACRC’s 2016 annual conference, held this year in Memphis, Tennessee. Theusch Beasley, a Republican, is up for re-election this year and will be on the November ballot after defeating challenger Peter McClain in the March primary.