Geralyn Greer, Shelby County Recorder

Geralyn Greer, Shelby County Recorder

Uniquely Qualified Republican Candidate for Shelby County Recorder I have been employed at Ouren Title Inc. since 1976, and have held the position of Office Manager since 2000.

As an employee of the Title Company I work closely with the Recorders Office while producing Abstracts of Land Title. Through this contact, I have gained substantial knowledge of many of the Office’s procedures, including a working comprehension and interpretation of all tract books; birth, death and marriage certificates, and operation of many of the Office’s computer programs. I have working relationships with the existing Recorder’s Office staff, as well as with various other offices and staff in the County. In addition to working at Ouren Title Inc., I am a member in good standing of the Iowa Land Title Association. While being a member I have served and continue to serve in the following capacities:

o ILTA President 2001-2002

o ILTA President Elect 2000-2001

o Past President 2002-2003

o Regional Vice President 1997-2000

o Member of the Association Standards Committee From July 2008 to Present

o Member of the Inspection Committee From 2009 to Present

As an active member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church I participate in Liturgy as an usher, vocalist, and as a member of the Adult Band. Previously, I taught religious education classes for 13 years. I have been married 32 years to Randy Greer, who is CTO at SCCI. Together we have four sons – Jeremy, Brett, Brady and Dylan. I am a lifetime resident of Shelby County.


Shelby County Chamber of Commerce & Industry

As we all navigate the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are striving to keep our customers and staff safe while continuing to provide quality customer service. As of March 18, 2020, one door to the courthouse will remain open. It will be the handicap entrance on the South side of the building. We are limiting the number of people coming into the courthouse at one time. We are in no way saying you CAN NOT come to our office, but here are a few other suggestions.
Instead of coming to the courthouse and our office you may do a lot of your business by mail, electronically or by phone.
For document recording you may either mail the documents to us or electronically file them with our office. If you are not set up for electronic filing, go to the Iowa Land Records online application: The ILR team is organizing itself to do their best to set up new customers within two business days – sooner if possible. You can also go to: [email protected] or call 515-447-4157.
Certified copies of Birth, Death, Marriage and Marriage Applications may all be done by mail. You can give us a call and we will email or mail the Application to you with instructions. You need to fill out and have it notarized, mail to us along with a check made payable to Shelby County Recorder for $15 (per certified copy) for Birth, Death or Marriage and $35 for Marriage Application. We will place your certified copy in the mail to you the same day we receive it.
Registering or renewing recreational vehicles may also be done by mail. Send us all information, title, registration, bill of sale, MSO, tax exempt form if applicable, including all contact information and we will give you a call with the amount you owe. You may either pay by check or credit card. We will have it in the mail to you as soon as we receive payment.
For hunting and fishing licenses and tags, give us a call and we will go over what you need, verify your purchase with you and take you credit card information. We will mail your purchase to you that day.
Stay connected with the official notices from the CDC ( and the Iowa Department of Health (
Thank you for understanding as we all do our part to keep each other healthy and safe!

[11/07/18]   I would like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to Shelby County residents for your votes! I truly love my job and am so grateful for your confidence and trust in me. My staff and I will continue to serve you in a friendly, efficient manner and I look forward to the next four years as your Shelby County Recorder!

[11/06/18]   Four years ago I took office as Shelby County Recorder. My primary goal is for myself and my staff, Keri Ranney and Tammy Haake, to serve the public in the most efficent manner possible. I feel privileged to serve the citizens of Shelby County and look forward to continuing to implement new technologies to make our ofifce more accurate and efficient which will move us to the next generation of public recording. Fortunately, I am unopposed this election but would greatly appreciate your vote!


You may have noticed our signs going up around town, Thanks to all who displayed them this spring and said we could put them out again this fall. If you kept my signs this Spring, now is the time to re-plant them! I would really appreciate it! If you need one for your yard contact us and we’ll get you one right away! Thank You for all your support and remember to Vote! Absentee Balloting is open now if you don't want to wait till Nov. 6th.


Geralyn Greer, Shelby County Recorder

[06/06/18]   Thank you to all who voted for me in the Primary Election! I can honestly say I love my job! I feel honored that you, Shelby County Residents, put your trust in me as Shelby County Recorder. I look foward to serving you in the most friendly and efficient manner.

[05/24/18]   Shelby County Residents:

The time is here for me to run for re-election for Shelby County Recorder. I have enjoyed serving you the past 3½ years! Thank you for all of your support! Absentee voting is underway and there is a new Electronic Voting method that is so easy to use. If you haven’t voted already I suggest you give it a try. You will never want to go back to paper/pen method again! You may vote absentee until June 4th. Primary Election is June 5th! We will be calling in the next couple of days to ask if some of you would be willing to put a sign in your yard now and again in late October or first part of November before the General Election November 6th. If you happen to have one (or more) of my signs and would like to put them out, that is great! I know some of you kept the signs for this reason and I thank you so much! Again, I am honored to be serving as your Shelby County Recorder and am appreciative of your vote!


Thank you to those who signed my petition. I have filed my papers to run for re-election! I truly love coming to work every day and I have enjoyed serving the residents of Shelby County over the past four years. I look forward to continuing to implement new technologies to make our office more accurate and efficient which will move us to the next generation of public recording. I am so grateful for your trust and support. If re-elected, I will work to streamline operations within the Recorder’s Office, maintain a fiscally conservative office and bring forward programs to serve residents’ needs.

Today we received a notice that beginning next week, February 27th, we will be able to exchange any birth certificates of children born in any county in Iowa from 1995 to present. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 755-5640.


As 2017 begins, I have been looking back over the last two years as Shelby County Recorder. I am so thankful to be the Recorder and enjoy going to work each day. I have two new employees, Keri Ranney and Tammy Haake. They are doing a fantastic job and will greet you with a smile. We all enjoy working and being of service to you.

I wanted to make you aware of a service we are able to offer you. You may have heard some info in the news surrounding birth certificates from 1993 to 2009 that are small in size and blue and pink in color. The Iowa Department of Public Health has found the information on these birth certificates is very limited, and sometimes are not accepted for drivers license or passport purposes. If you or your children have one of these, and were born in Shelby County, you may bring those into our office and we will exchange it for a new certified copy free of charge. We are also to exchange them for anyone who was born in any county of Iowa from 1993 to present. There is no hurry to do this as long as you are not getting a drivers license or passport.

Attached is a link to a press release from IDPH which states you may get them from the State as well. This route may take 6-8 weeks. Either way will work fine, I just wanted to give you the option to come to our office for convenience.

If you have questions give us a call at 755-5640. Once again, thank you for allowing me to serve you as Shelby County Recorder.

[01/07/16]   Happy New Year to all! I can’t believe it’s been a full year that I have been Shelby County Recorder. I have loved every minute! A big thank you to Janet Johannsen and Carrie Wurr for all of their help and support throughout the last year. Also, thanks to all of the Courthouse Staff for welcoming me. You have all helped me with questions throughout the year, and I want you to know that I appreciate you all! Last, but not least, a big Thank You to all Shelby County Residents who entrusted me with this position. I truly love my job and enjoy serving you on a daily basis.

[11/06/14]   Sign People! We have been going around collecting our campaign signs and believe we have gotten them all but were unable to locate some that we placed. If you have one and would like us to come pick it up let me know and we'll come retrieve it. Thanks again for your support!


Final Totals:
Geralyn - 3,004 - 71.6%
Jessica - 1,184 - 28.2%

To the residents of Shelby County-Thank you for your support in the General Election. I look forward to serving you as County Recorder.


Have you Voted yet? Early Voting is open and you can just visit the Auditor’s office at the Shelby County Courthouse to do so! I appreciate your support!


Thank You to the Crews that helped walk in the Harvest Fest Parade. My Crew along with Steve Holt for Iowa House District 18 Bunch. What a nice day for a parade.


Excited to meet our next United States Senator, Joni Ernst, when she spoke to a big crowd at the Harlan Pizza Ranch Friday Night.


Geralyn Greer, Shelby County Recorder


Have you voted early yet? Like and share with your friends that you voted for Geralyn Greer for Shelby County Recorder!!


Absentee and early voting is open! You may cast an absentee ballot in person at your County Auditor’s Office before any election or you can request an absentee ballot be sent to you from the County Auditor.

Download an Absentee request: and then return the request to:
Shelby County Auditor Marsha Carter, 612 Court St., Harlan IA 51537

I appreciate your support! Please take the time to vote and if you can’t be there November 4th please use the absentee process.


To all the supporters who have displayed my signs in their yards THANK YOU! If you kept my signs this Spring, now is the time to re-plant them! I would really appreciate it! If you need one for your yard contact us and we’ll get you one right away!


How I spent My Summer!

It was a Summer of picnics and parades. Starting in May with the Tivoli Fest and Parade and just ending with the beginning of Fall and the annual HCHS Homecoming parade. Pictured are my two great nieces Kynslee and Maylee enjoying the ride in the HCHS Homecoming Parade. Wonderful day for a parade! In between, I visited with voters at the Republican Booth at the Shelby County Fair and marched in the parade. I also attended the parish picnics in Portsmouth, Panama, Earling, Westphalia, and Defiance. Can you say Chicken Dinner? Anyway, it was a grand Summer and I met so many people. The support has been fantastic.


I completed my ALS challenge today. My brother Ron Coenen nominated me and I accepted and nominate my Grandsons Brandon Greer, Mason Greer and my nephew Colton Coenen.


To all the supporters who have displayed our signs in their yards these past weeks THANK YOU! If you want to keep our signs until they need to come back out in the fall please go ahead, pull them and store in your garage. We would really appreciate it. Otherwise we will be around in the next couple of days to retrieve them for use again in the fall.

[06/04/14]   Thanks to all who voted for me and to those who helped support my campaign that allowed me to come away with the win. We're going to take a needed break for a while and then start planning for the fall.I greatly appreciate your support!


Last Chance for Early Voting Today from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Shelby County Auditor's office.

Tomorrow, Tuesday June 3rd Polls are open 7am-9pm. If you have addresses in the following communities these are your polling places.

Atlantic Elk Horn City Hall
Defiance Earling – St Joseph’s Church Hall
Dunlap Earling – St Joseph’s Church Hall
Earling Earling – St Joseph’s Church Hall
Elk Horn Elk Horn City Hall
Harlan Thirkelsen Center – Harlan
Jacksonville Thirkelsen Center – Harlan
Kimballton Thirkelsen Center – Harlan
Marne Elk Horn City Hall
Panama Earling – St Joseph’s Church Hall
Portsmouth Thirkelsen Center – Harlan
Shelby Shelby Community Hall
Westphalia Earling – St Joseph’s Church Hall

Your Vote and Support will be appreciated !!


Shakin' Hands and Kissing Babies with the Running For Recorder Team at the Tivoli Fest Parade


"Here's my Recipe for Success" Vote for Greer and then Enjoy !!


It’s hard to believe there are only 11 days left until the June 3rd Primary! When I announced my candidacy, I didn’t realize how quickly time would go and how many amazing people I would get to meet on my tour of Shelby County.

I’ve been endorsed by the current Shelby County Recorder, Linda Fahn and visited most of the residences in the county, truly living up to my campaign theme "Running for Recorder".

While I think most of you agree I am uniquely qualified for this position and that the "Choice is Clear", I need your support on June 3rd. Please exercise your RIGHT to vote! You can download an absentee ballot request form here or vote now at our County Auditor's Office at the Shelby County Courthouse in person. You can also call me and I'll be glad to deliver any needed absentee or registration forms.

[05/19/14]   Thanks to Linda Fahn!!, the Current Recorder, for her vote of confidence in my campaign. Her endorsement letter follows:

To the Voters of Shelby County:

Tuesday, June 3, is the date for the Primary Election. The only contested race on the county level is for Shelby County Recorder. I am asking and encouraging voters to elect Geralyn Greer (Republican) as your next County Recorder.

Geralyn Greer, a lifelong county resident, is the obvious choice as the next County Recorder, but she needs your vote. She has over 38 years of experience working with ALL of the real estate documents recorded in my office. She knows how important it is to have the documents recorded in the proper sequence and how vitally important it is to get the recordings done promptly and correctly. Geralyn has worked with local, statewide and nationwide lenders, attorneys, realtors, abstractors, and the public and she has an excellent working relationship with the various offices in the Courthouse. She has successfully managed an office and staff and definitely has demonstrated that she has the knowledge and leadership ability to be the next County Recorder.

In addition, Geralyn is already familiar with the Birth, Death and Marriage Records maintained in the Recorder’s Office and because of her ability to listen and comprehend, I have no doubt she will quickly learn the DNR procedures.

The Recorder’s Office handles thousands of dollars in revenue throughout the year. The County Recorder is charged with the responsibility of balancing the books, preparing reports, disbursing receipts to the proper funds and compiling information for the annual audit. With her prior management and bookkeeping experience, I am sure Geralyn will easily be able to handle this important function of the office.

For all of the above reasons, and because of her professionalism and ethical standards, I feel that Geralyn is the most qualified candidate for County Recorder. I have confidence that she will strive to give you the same friendly and quality service that I have provided for the past 35 years.

I urge everyone to exercise their right to vote – either on Election Day or now by absentee ballot at the Courthouse. If you are currently registered as an Independent, you may change your status to Republican or Democrat at the polls. You may then vote for your candidate and after the election, change your status back to Independent.

I appreciate the support I have been given over the years and I urge you to now give that support to Geralyn. If you have any questions about any of my comments, please feel free to call me.

Linda Fahn, current Shelby County Recorder


To expand on our post of April 29th and since we have had so many questions regarding the primary election and voting absentee we wanted to clarify some of the rules about Absentee Balloting.

If you would like to vote for me, I am on the Republican ballot. If you normally vote Democrat but want to vote Republican, simply mark this on the absentee request or tell the poll worker on the day of the election. You can easily change back to Democrat in the Auditor’s Office or in the next election. You can vote in the Auditor's Office or use the link to get the absentee request form and the Auditor's Office will send your ballot to you. I will also be happy to bring you a request form if you let me know that you need one.

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot to be sent to them by mail. You must complete an absentee ballot request form and return the original, signed form to your County Auditor. The request form does not need to be witnessed or notarized.

Someone who will be 18 years old by the date of an upcoming election may request an absentee ballot if he or she is pre-registered to vote.

The request form must be received in the County Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election.

If the request is received so late that is unlikely the absentee ballot can be returned by mail in time to be considered for counting, the County Auditor will enclose a statement to that effect with the absentee ballot.

After receiving a request form, the County Auditor will mail the voter a ballot.

With the ballot, the County Auditor will include instructions on how to mark the ballot as well as how to return the ballot.

You can return your voted absentee ballot by mail. Absentee ballots received in the County Auditor's Office by the time the polls close on election day are eligible for counting. Absentee ballots received after the polls close on election day must be postmarked by the Monday before election day or earlier and received in the County Auditor’s Office no later than noon on the Monday following the election. For school and some city and special elections, the return deadline may be earlier. Read the instructions sent with the ballot.

Voted absentee ballots cannot be delivered to the polling place on election day. If you have not returned your absentee ballot on election day, you have the following options:

1.Deliver your voted absentee ballot to the County Auditor's Office before the polls close on election day,
2.Surrender your voted absentee ballot at the polls and vote a regular ballot, or
3.Vote a provisional ballot at the polls if you cannot surrender your voted absentee ballot.

So with all of that said when you request your absentee ballot (which you can by clicking the link below) you need to choose a party. Republican or Democrat. There are only two parties in the Primary. If you are voting absentee there is a box to check for which ballot you would like. The reason you declare a party is because the Primary Election is for the parties to choose their candidates for the November General Election.

Thanks in advance for all of your support!

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I completed my ALS challenge today. My brother Ron Coenen nominated me and I accepted and nominate my Grandsons Brandon ...



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