Michael Sample

Michael Sample

Navajo County Recorder


Our mission at the Navajo County Recorder's Office is to efficiently provide courteous customer service while recording, preserving and retrieving public records; as well as remain committed to maintaining current and accurate voter files, maximizing voter registration and ensuring the public's confidence in the election process.


Michael Sample was appointed Navajo County Recorder in April of 2020 and was elected to the position in November of 2020.  Prior to being the Navajo County Recorder, Michael held the position as Docket Clerk Supervisor with the Navajo County Clerk of the Superior Court.

Michael is a fifth-generation Navajo County resident.  His great-great-grandfather, Juan Padilla, was the first settler in Holbrook in the 1860s at Horsehead Crossing.  Michael graduated from Holbrook High School, and his first professional job after graduating was in the Navajo County Recorder's Office.  Michael and his wife have two daughters and enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

Michael believes in community service and volunteers in many community organizations, such as President of the Navajo County Fair Board, Chairman of the Holbrook Planning and Zoning Commission, Secretary of the Navajo County Personnel Commission and other church and local organizations.

Since becoming the Navajo County Recorder, Michael has provided additional services to the residents of Navajo County, such as adding recording kiosks in different communities within the county, which allow residents to record a document at the kiosk rather than traveling to Holbrook.  He has also added several early ballot drop boxes in rural areas of the county.  The latest addition to the Recorder's Office is the opportunity to sign up for our Recording Notification Service, which is a free service that the public can use to register names and be notified when a document has been recorded in their name.

Michael believes that it is very important that we provide an equal and credible service to our residents.

Operating Hours

  • Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.