Here’s the press release from the Buncombe County Republican Party:
Part of an ongoing pattern we see Register of Deeds Drew Reisinger consistently propped up by Democrat controlled County Commission.
Asheville, NC- Earlier this week the Buncombe County GOP filed a public records request with Buncombe County Government to obtain a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding a recent decision by the Democrat controlled Buncombe County Commission to spend approximately $500,000 on employee vacation time, in the name of fairness. This decision was prompted by a recent decision by Buncombe County Register of Deeds, Drew Reisinger, who shut down the Register of Deeds in February due to a heavy snow. The scope of this records request will provide the BCGOP with the necessary tools to inform Buncombe County residents who have expressed concern over the situation.
“As Republicans dedicated to more efficient and smarter government, our goal is to conduct an inquiry that is rooted in fairness, is fact-driven, and worthy of the trust of our community,” said Chairman Henry Mitchell. “The records kept by the Register of Deeds are vital to the fabric of our community. The Register of Deeds holds the birth records of our children, the death certificates of our loved ones, records of our marriages, documents our property transactions, and is entrusted with many other papers critically important to the people of Buncombe.”
On February 23, of 2011, the Buncombe County Democratic Executive Committee appointed Mr. Reisinger, then 27 years old, as the successor to Otto DeBruhl. Questions were raised at that time about his experience and whether he was qualified for the position. Again, serious questions are being raised about his ability to effectively manage the Register of Deeds.
“Mr. Reisinger’s decision to shut down his office and go sledding has us wondering about his commitment to the people of Buncombe and reflects on the lack of trust the community has for his protection and management our records” said Communications Director, Nathan West. “Regardless of political affiliation, as a community we need to trust that decisions are being made for the good of our community and not made for political favors. Mr. Reisinger has had a meteoric rise here in Buncombe and we are seeing a pattern of preferential treatment by County Government towards him.”
The Buncombe County GOP will continue its efforts to inform the public of our findings and, if necessary, will make additional inquiries to provide the community with the information they need to make informed decisions regarding those they are entrusting with their community.