Lawrence R. "Larry" Burtness was appointed as the Washoe County Recorder in March 2013. Prior to becoming County Recorder, he served for 11 years as Chief Deputy Recorder to Kathryn L. Burke. With 40 years of combined experience in the private and public sectors working for and with county recorders, title companies and records managers, he brings experience, expertise and a balanced approach to the Office of the Washoe County Recorder.
Larry serves on the executive boards of the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA), and the National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC). Through his involvement with PRIA and NACRC, Larry has co-authored a variety of white papers and best practices on electronic recording and records preservation and has made presentations to national audiences. To this end, Larry comments "Utilizing today's technologies while being very respectful of records in our office dating back to 1861 is not only a wonderful challenge but also a passionate commitment that I take seriously on behalf of the citizens of Washoe County."
Additionally, Larry serves the boards of the Nevada County Fiscal Officers Association and the Recorder's Association of Nevada. He has participated in Nevada State Legislative Sessions beginning in 2003 and testified before Legislative Committees on issues of concern to Nevada's County Recorders.
Larry is a dedicated husband to Michelle, his wife of 23 years, and a devoted father to their three children. His hobbies include skiing, fly fishing and backpacking.