Tracie Vargo, Fayette County chief deputy recorder of deeds, said she wants to run the office she has been working in for 30 years. Vargo, a Democrat from Bullskin Township, said she is seeking the party nomination in the May 16 primary to run for the recorder of deeds office.
“I’ve been there for 30 years. I just want to continue my career. It’s not just a public office. It’s a career choice also,” Vargo said. “I know the office inside and out.” She said David Malosky, the current recorder of deeds, is retiring at the end of year, and she wants to follow in his footsteps. “He’s been a great boss for the last 30 years, teaching me respect and admiration for the citizens of Fayette County,” Vargo said.
Seven people, including the recorder, work in the office, she said. The staff has been busy putting records online, so they can be accessed more easily by people doing title searches, the oil and gas industry and the general public, she said.
“We’re trying to get a lot of our records online. That’s the main goal. Part of the recorder’s job is preserving records and keeping them in order for the public to view. That’s our goal — to get as much as possible on the internet,” Vargo said.
She said the office has received a vast number of improvements and upgrades to accommodate all industries involved in real estate. The office also generates and collects revenue for the state, county, school districts and municipalities. A lifelong county resident, Vargo said she graduated from Belle Vernon Area High School in 1983.
She said she studied at Penn State and became a certified paralegal during her tenure in the office. Vargo said she formerly served as a committee woman for Fayette City and North Union Township before she moved to Bullskin Township. She said she used to be a member of the Service Employees International Union Local 668 for 25 years, and she is an associate member of the United Mine Workers of America.