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St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Michael Butler
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St. Louis Recorder of Deeds Michael Butler is the latest guest on Politically Speaking, where he joined St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum to talk about his first few weeks on the job.

Butler was elected to the citywide office in November 2018 after defeating longtime incumbent Sharon Carpenter in a Democratic primary. His office is responsible for issuing birth and death certificates, as well as filing real estate deeds.

Michael Butler takes the oath of office for the office of Recorder of Deeds for the City of St. Louis from The Honorable Ronnie L.White, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Missouri, in the rotunda of City Hall on Jan. 2, 2018.
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Three former employees of the St. Louis recorder of deeds office have sued after being fired by new officeholder Michael Butler.

The federal lawsuit filed Thursday claims Butler violated their constitutional rights by dismissing them for their political leanings and replacing them with people who were political supporters, not because they were qualified.

St. Louis to keep Recorder of Deeds office

Apr 4, 2017
St. Louis Metro Police officers use bicycles to push back protesters at an anti-Trump rally in downtown St. Louis in November 2016.
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St. Louis will keep its Recorder of Deeds office, voters decided Tuesday. That means the city’s police department will have to find another way to help purchase for body cameras.

The measure, which moves the Recorder of Deeds office’s duties to the city assessor, would have needed to pass with 60 percent or more of the vote because it is considered a “county office.” It received 51.58 percent of the vote.

Sharon Carpenter, St. Louis recorder of deeds,  spent several decades as a Democratic committeewoman for the 23rd Ward.
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St. Louis’ Recorder of Deeds office is in the crosshairs in Tuesday’s election, when voters will have to decide whether to eliminate the agency, which maintains public records, and put any money saved toward body cameras for police.