Early Voting Special
Q&A with Karen Y. Johnson for Register of Deeds

Karen Johnson

Karen Y. Johnson

What qualifies you as the best candidate for this office?
Being qualified is a critical component in running the office of Register of Deeds. My twenty years of public service in local government to the citizens of Nashville and twenty-three years of professional experience managing records, information systems and human resources/staff for fortune 100 companies brings well rounded experience suitable for this office. Additionally, my leadership as President Speaker Pro Tempore of the forty-member metro council demonstrates my leadership abilities complemented by my strong educational background- Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (TSU); and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Organizational Management (Trevecca Nazarene University).

If elected, what do you hope to accomplish?
If elected, one of my first duties is to ensure visibility, transparency, and accessibility to the records as well as better access to the office itself. Additionally, I would re-examine the current system to make sure the office offers customer-friendly technology. Because diversity is an essential part of our city’s makeup, I would ensure the office takes a proactive inclusion approach both internally and externally. Other efforts would include outreach services to assist disabled/elderly customers and include partnerships, where feasible, to help our customers better understand who we are and what we do.

​What are the most pressing issues facing the public that you plan to address?
In speaking with our Nashville citizens, the most critical issues we found were having easier access to the records and to the office. We will make this our first priority though a number of strategic efforts. If elected to this office, I will put my professional and public experience to work for the Nashville citizens and create an award-winning office that will exceed all expectations!