Brown County Register of Deeds Cathy Williquette
Lindsay has been named the recipient of the 2014 Northeast Wisconsin Technical
College Distinguished Alumni Award.
Williquette Lindsay, who graduated from the
college’s Marketing Transportation program in 1985 and from the Supervisor’s
Management program in 1992, was chosen by the NWTC Alumni Association for her
individual accomplishments, strong community involvement, and contribution to
A 34-year veteran of local government, she was
first elected as the Brown County
Register of Deeds in 1984, officially taking
over the office in January of 1985. Under her leadership, the department has
seen dramatic technological changes and improvements in efficiency, including
the automation of recording processes, and the migration of records and forms
to the web. Her pioneering work with Wisconsin government officials helped
guide statewide record collection and reporting practices, and include a
project to automate the Wisconsin Real Estate Transfer Return and another with
the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to allow electronic submission of
Transportation Project Plats.
In addition to her two associate degrees from NWTC,
Williquette Lindsay is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Certified
Public Managers program.
“For over 30 years, Cathy has shown a clear
commitment to service,” said NWTC Educational Foundation Director Crystal
Harrison. “Whether it’s working tirelessly on behalf of constituents or
volunteering with area non-profits to make our region a better place, Cathy is
a true community leader. We’re proud to call her a NWTC alum.”
The Green Bay native began her journey into public
office as a college student at NWTC. Following a class tour of the Brown County
Register of Deeds office, she was offered a job as a clerk in the department.
Five years later, she won the first of many elections to become the county’s
Register of Deeds.
During her time in office, she has held numerous
leadership positions in the state and Brown County. Since 2009, she has served
as the Chair of the Brown County LEAN Steering Committee. She is a former
President of the Wisconsin Register of Deeds Association, the Wisconsin
Association of County Officers and the Wisconsin Society of Certified Public
Managers. She was a Vice-Chair of the Brown County Land Information
Council, a Board member for the Wisconsin Land Information Society, a Chair of
the Brown County Unified Safety Committee, Brown County Public Relations
Committee and WRDA Education Committee, and is a founding member of the
Wisconsin County Constitutional Officers. In 2006, she was appointed to the
Wisconsin Electronic Recording Council by Gov. Jim Doyle.
She has also played an equally active role in the
community, serving on the board of A Women’s Place at St. Mary’s Hospital from
2002 to 2011 and most recently as the Secretary of the Brown County Children’s
Charity Golf Classic, which raised over $50,000 for local charities last year,
including $20,000 for the NWTC Educational Foundation.
About the NWTC Distinguished Alumni Award: For
over 20 years, the Alumni Association has honored outstanding NWTC
graduates from throughout the district. The 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award was
presented to Beth Seymour, ’77, KI’s Vice President of Business Operations.