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The Marion County Recorder's Office

Historical Information

 About the Recorder - Kate Sweeney Bell

Elected in 2014, this is Kate’s first publicly elected office. As Recorder, she served on a 2015 advisory committee with the Public Records Industry Association to review changes in the mortgage industry and was elected to serve on the 2016 National Association of County Recorders, Elected Officials and Clerks board of directors. Also in 2016, Kate was appointed to the Indianapolis City Market board and elected by her peers as District Vice President of the Indiana Recorder’s Association. ​In 2017, Kate received the William A. Crawford Public Service Award from the Coalition for Homeless Intervention and Prevention for her work to maintain funding for homeless programs and services through recording fees.

A graduate of IUPUI and recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, Kate has more than 20 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors. Prior to elected office, Kate was the financial supervisor for a Marion County Small Claims Court. She also served in the offices of Governors Evan Bayh and Frank O’Bannon, worked in the executive office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and owned a small business for more than 10 years.

Kate lives in the historic Herron-Morton neighborhood with her husband and their two children.​

About the Recorder's Office  

​The primary function of the Recorder’s Office is to maintain permanent public records of the transactions that convey property between owners, preserving a clear and precise record of property ownership. The Recorder is charged with maintaining these records in perpetuity and making them available to the public. Elected to a four-year term, the Recorder is a Constitutional office and limited to two terms.​​​​​


Records any instrument submitted for recording, providing it meets essential requirements. 
Makes all recorded documents a matter of public record.
Files Uniform Commercial Code Instruments.
Supplies copies of any instrument and certifies to those recorded upon request. 
Provides public access to all recorded documents.​​​

Mission Statement

The Marion County Recorder’s Office endeavors to pr​ovide exemplary service to our community and will maintain the integrity of the public’s records while ensuring they are accessible now and in the future. 


Serve The Public

Serve the public with integrity in a helpful and professional manner.

Maintain The Public Trust

Seek innovation and improvement to better serve our community and effectively manage the public's resources.

Records Management

Institute policies and procedures to efficiently manage and provide access to public records.

Professionalism And Respect

Provide a professional work environment and maintain a culture of respect for our customers and staff.

Staff Empowerment

Encourage staff to improve the office through continued training, education and career development.