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 technical education.
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.