John La Fave
John La Fave has been the elected Register of Deeds for Milwaukee County since January 2003. Previously he was a member of the Wisconsin legislature for ten years, 1993 - 2003.
In July 2009 Governor Jim Doyle appointed Mr. La Fave to serve a three-year membership on the Electronic Recording Council - Wisconsin (ERC-WI). The Council was created by legislation known as the Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act. The Council is charged to develop administrative rules and guidance on implementing electronic recording of land documents by Wisconsin Registers of Deeds.
In July 2008 the Register of Deeds began participation in the Property Fraud Alert service, which notifies participants whenever a document is recorded in their name in this office.
In 2003 the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds department became one of the first counties in the country to begin electronic recording of real estate documents. Electronic recording of documents is faster and more efficient than recording paper documents. On January 8, 2008 this office was the first in Wisconsin to begin eRecording deeds. Click here for JS Online article
During Mr. La Fave's tenure 22 years of microfilm images have been converted to digital format. Document images are available via computer from December 29, 1977 to the present. These documents are available on the Internet through our software vendor for a fee.
John's involvement in political and community affairs began during his high school years when he was active in civil rights activities and the peace movement. He worked two years as an elementary school teacher, 18 years as a sales representative and ten years as a State Representative. John and his wife Andrea live in the Village of Brown Deer. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. Occasionally John enjoys commuting the 11 miles to the courthouse via bicycle.