Colorado county clerks call conferences “extremely rewarding”

San Miguel County Clerk Kathleen Erie and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Colorado County Clerks Association conference in Fort Collins this month.
San Miguel County Clerk Kathleen Erie and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Colorado County Clerks Association conference in Fort Collins this month.

By Keara Brosnan

Colorado county clerk and recorders say attending conferences with their back-to-back workshops can be taxing, but they are extremely rewarding.

“I have been to every one since being elected” in 2010, Clerk Kathleen Erie from San Miguel County said. “They play a huge role in keeping us all informed on best practices and law changes.”

The Colorado County Clerks Association hosts two statewide conferences annually. Clerks and their staffs also have the opportunity to attend regional training throughout the year sponsored the association and by Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ office.

The clerks finished their winter conference in Fort Collins last week, which was hosted by Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers. The CCCA’s summer conference is in Arapahoe County Aug. 1-3 and will be hosted by Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane.

Washington County Clerk Garland Wahl and Morgan County Clerk Susan Bailey at the Colorado County Clerks Association meeting in Fort Collins.
Washington County Clerk Garland Wahl and Morgan County Clerk Susan Bailey at the Colorado County Clerks Association meeting in Fort Collins.

“I have only been a clerk for about a year now, so this conference is valuable to network and learn so much from the other clerks,” said Morgan County Clerk Susan Bailey

Other more seasoned county clerks had a similar response to the winter conference.

“I have been a clerk for 34 years now and I still learn so much new information coming to these conferences,” said Clerk Garland Wahl from Washington County. “Every conference is different and I always learn something new.”

The clerks also found time to compete in a lip sync competition.

On the final day of this year’s winter conference, counties who sent staff to all four days and nine classes of  training from the Secretary of State’s office were recognized with a pin. Arapahoe County was able to send 10 members of their staff to the summer 2015 training in Denver.

Grand County Clerk Sara Rosene accepts pins from Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
Grand County Clerk Sara Rosene accepts pins from Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

“To be recognized and honored for the most in attendance at the workshops was really exciting,” said Jennifer Morrell, elections director for Arapahoe County.

“They all came back saying they learned so many new things, even the veterans who have worked here for a very long time. And it was a great team building experience. I am really excited to hopefully do it again this year.”

Larimer and Weld counties were each able to send six staffers to training as well.

Secretary Williams also received a pin for attending all nine classes — but in each of the five locations statewide where classes were taught.

The clerks and their staffs also gave a standing ovation to the Secretary of State employees, thanking staffers for all their help.

Keara Brosnan is a University of Denver student interning with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.