About

A Lifetime Of Hard Work

craig-olive-johnston-county-register-of-deeds-campaign-gallery-18Craig Olive is a native of Johnston County.  Raised on a family farm, Craig is the youngest of 15 children in his family. When he was 16 years old, Craig’s father passed away. When Craig was 16 years old, his father passed away. Since then, Craig has worked hard to care for his family, helping his mother fight her battle with Alzheimer’s disease as well as his handicapped brother. This has driven Craig’s passion for older adults, fellow caregivers and Alzheimer’s patients. He is Past Chairman of the Walk to End Alzheimer’s and is a true advocate for those suffering with this awful disease and those who care for them.

Craig’s mother and father taught him the value of hard work and keeping your promises. Throughout his career, he has used these important lessons to develop a value system, which revolves around putting people first. Craig has always striven to put the people of Johnston County first and we can count on him to continue to do so.

Craig graduated from Smithfield Selma Senior High School in Smithfield, NC, and began his career with Hardee’s and worked hard to become a member of management. After his time there, he transitioned to a career as an Examiner with the North Carolina Driver License agency. Craig has served Johnston County as Register of Deeds since December 2002.

Under Craig’s leadership, the Johnston County Register of Deeds office has received numerous awards for advancement in technology, both on the local and national levels. In 2008, the office received the Ralph Ketner award for innovation and efficiency in government services. In 2015, the office was nationally recognized, receiving Tyler’s Technology of Excellence award.

Every year, Craig sponsors the free Johnston County Shred Event in order to be proactive in the fight against identity theft. The event protects citizens in our community by allowing them to have their sensitive documents safely shredded at no cost to them and has become one of the most popular events in our county!

In addition to his career achievements, Craig has a long history of involvement in our community. He has served on the Johnston Community College Board of Trustees, the Johnston County Tourism Board, the Paul A. Johnston Auditorium Board of Advisors, the Johnston County Soil and Water Conservation Advisory Board, and is Past Chairman of the Walk for Alzheimer’s. Craig has also served on the Board of Directors of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service.

Because of his tireless work for others, Craig has received much recognition, including the Order of Long Leaf Pine from Governor Jim Martin. U.S. Representatives Walter Jones, Jr. and Renee Ellmers have also recognized him in the U.S. Congressional Record.

Craig resides in the Clayon area with his and four special canine companions (Reagan, Annie, Rusty and Teeney). He is a member of Little Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Clayton, where he serves his church as Elder, clerk and Deacon. Church involvement is very important to Craig, serving as Moderator of the Little River Primitive Baptist Association and as a member of the Finance Committee.

Proven Leadership We Can Trust

There are just some of the many accomplishments and reforms Craig Olive has overseen at the Johnston County Register Of Deeds office.  We deserve leaders like Craig.  Let’s re-elect him so he can continue the job of streamlining government and eliminating waste.

Reducing Costs & Saving Money

♦ Copying fees were reduced from $.25 to $.10 a copy

♦ Notary Authentication fees were eliminated.

♦ Installed a software system that saved Johnston County over $300,000. This is done by providing instant turnaround of documents and simplifying access to our public records.

♦ Since taking office, Craig Olive has returned over $2 million in unused funds from his budget.

♦ Due to automation in the office the Register of Deeds budget has decreased by 30%.

Awards & Recognitions

♦ In February 2010, Craig Olive was awarded “The Honorary Keeper of the Constitution” by the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office for striving to modernize and make public records more accessible while securing them at a historical level of safety.  This accomplishment has made the Johnston County Register of Deeds office a model for public record keeping in NC.

♦ Winner of the 2015 Tyler Technologies Excellence Award.

Streamlining Processes & Improving Services

♦ As of December 2005, the Register of Deeds can redact ID numbers (Social Security Numbers, bank account numbers, etc.) off of documents online.

♦ On May 24, 2007, Johnston County became the first county in the state able to accept eRecording documents that had been approved by following the North Carolina Secretary of State guidelines.

♦ In February 2010, the Johnston County Register of Deeds office became the first county in the nation to accept plat maps electronically.

♦ The office has digitized land and vital records dating from 1746, allowing for easier access of historical records.

♦ In the spirit of convenience, the Johnston County Register of Deeds office now accepts credit card payments.

♦ The office now offers statewide birth certificates (must be born after 1971).  You can now come to the office and get a certified copy of your birth certificate as long as you were born in North Carolina, you were not adopted, and you were born after 1971.

♦ New software allows the Register of Deeds staff to email customers their receipts along with document images.

♦ An online notary verification system has been implemented.

♦ The office now offers services for passports and passport photos.

♦ The office is currently in the process of having all old documents indexed back to the beginning of the county.  This will provide people with a much easier way to search for old/genealogical records.

♦ The staff can now notarize documents for the public free of charge.

♦ Currently, approximately 25-30% of our real estate volume is being electronically recorded.  This is not only much better for the environment (Don’t have as much paperwork being mailed back and forth) but it is also a much quicker/easier solution for both the attorneys involved and the people whose documents the attorneys are recording.

♦ The office now offers the ability for the public to order certified copies of vital records online.  This makes it much easier for the public to get what they need while minimizing the time and effort it takes for them to get their records.

♦ Developed an application where parents of newborns can request a birth certificate from the hospital before leaving by using an iPad.

♦ Implemented changes to our software that allows our vital records department to scan birth and death certificates the second they arrive to our office. This speeds up the process of issuing certified copies of death certificates.

♦ Installed a document search terminal that is handicap accessible.

♦ Developed a website that is more user friendly.

♦ The office now offers digitized land records back to the start of the county, 1746, and we have digitized all vital records for easier access.

♦ Worked to help introduce a bill for a stronger Identity Protection Act.  Bill passed July 2009, allowing Register of Deeds to remove Social Security Numbers and Drivers License numbers from documents automatically.

♦ Implemented a system to scan documents and place them online. The original documents can then be returned right back to the customer; this helps reduce paper usage.

♦ Developed a secure website for genealogists to search vital records.

♦ Developed an online marriage application as a courtesy to help reduce waiting time in the office.