Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore has announced his intention to run for another term.
Barmore has been the County Clerk since 2014 and has just completed his second term. He was supported by the Republican and Conservative parties.
As the county clerk, Barmore oversees five departments, including the county clerk’s office which registers and archives real estate and supreme and county court records; the county records management department which manages the records of all county departments; Weights and Measures Department which verifies the accuracy of every weight and measure device in the county, including bulk scales and gas pumps; the county historian’s office which preserves historical records and assists with historical, genealogical and citizenship research and documentation; and the most recognized department, the Department of Motor Vehicles.
As County Clerk, Larry Barmore was one of the first county clerks in the state to implement electronic registration of property records and electronic filing of court records in the clerk’s office.
Electronic recording and archiving not only reduced 90% paper handling and staff saving $ 70,000 per year, but also provided time and money saving measures for thousands of residents. and lawyers who can submit documents for filing and filing from the comfort of their home and office. .
While working in the field with the weights and measures staff, Barmore noticed that the unit price law required a store to be checked for a second time, even though the store had passed the first inspection with an accuracy of nearly 100%. Deeming this to be redundant, Barmore rewrote the regulation that was approved by the legislature, to eliminate the second inspection. Staff are now able to perform more inspections in a timely manner, allowing staff to keep inspections up to date.
By reducing department expenses and increasing the number of participating stores, the taxpayer’s share has decreased by $ 90,000 per year. Barmore is also working on leasing vehicles for the Weights and Measures department instead of owning them. The overall cost of driving and maintaining vehicles will be reduced, which will save additional money for taxpayers.
Barmore moved the DMV’s Jamestown office to a more user-friendly location with available parking and personally designed the interior layout to facilitate movement. By negotiating the lease, Barmore was able to save taxpayers $ 10,000 more per year compared to the previous location. In anticipation of the lease expiring at another DMV office next year, Barmore has already started negotiating a lease that will be more favorable to county taxpayers.
Continuing its approach of finding ways to do business more profitably, Barmore launched an office equipment rental program that reduced equipment costs by 25%.
The county clerk’s office previously billed other departments for storing and retrieving records, creating a cumbersome billing system that simply shifted expenses between departments. Many departments stored their files in boxes in a hallway or open cupboard to avoid billing fees. In 2016, Barmore shut down the billing system, which encouraged all county departments to use the state-of-the-art document storage facility and, with the time saved by the previous tedious billing system, moved to Allowed the personnel of the documents department to properly support the increase saves the workload of storage and retrieval. Now all departments do more work and all records are properly stored, saving taxpayers money and preserving important government records.
Currently, Barmore is working with the court system to find a way to reduce paper handling and printing for the appeals court. When this is accomplished, taxpayers will save several thousand dollars each year.
Barmore improved customer service by installing signage in the clerk’s office to help customers locate where they needed to be and by having ATMs installed for the convenience of customers, which also increased revenue.
Barmore is president of the Valley Historical Society; member of the Fenton and Barker Historical Societies; and member of the board of directors of the Sinclairville Free Library.
Barmore has been a member of the Gerry Free Methodist Church since 1994, where he served as Chairman of the Finance Committee, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the church’s worship and worship team.
Prior to being elected county clerk, Barmore owned Gay Mark Tire and Wheel in Cassadaga.
He has over forty years of experience in business and personnel management. Barmore has the experience to operate all divisions of the county clerk’s office.
Larry Barmore lives in Gerry with his wife Carol. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.