Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams hits the road again

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in Pagosa Springs on Day 1 of a four-day road trip.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in Pagosa Springs on Day 1 of a four-day road trip focused mainly in the southwestern part of the state.

Here’s Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ version of spring break: Visited nine county clerks. Checked out five newspaper offices. Attended three Go Code Colorado competitions. Spoke at one Club 20 event.

And all in four days.

Williams began his trip Wednesday morning in Greeley, where he met with Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes. By late afternoon he was in Pagosa Springs, talking to Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid and touring The Pagosa Springs Sun newsroom.

That night, Williams ate dinner in Durango with La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker — he visited her office Friday afternoon, too — and by the next morning he was ready to hit the road to talk with three other county clerks.

“Last year I met with all the new county clerks in their offices and this year and I am continuing to go meet with county clerks,” Williams said. “By going to their offices I get a better understanding of their set-ups and their challenges to ensure we are helping meet their needs.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on the Million Dollar Highway between Silverton and Ouray.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on the Million Dollar Highway between Silverton and Ouray.

During the visits, the clerks praised Colorado Secretary of State’s Election Division, particularly Deputy Elections Director Hilary Rudy, for the help they receive. They also said they miss veteran elections official Paula Barnett, who wanted to be closer to her family so she went to work with Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell.

Clerks are among the busiest of county elected officials.  They manage elections. Most handle Motor Vehicle registrations and some handle driver’s licenses. They record documents. Their offices issue marriage licenses and some take minutes of the commissioners’ meetings.

Williams served as the El Paso County clerk in Colorado Springs before being elected to Colorado secretary of state in 2014. He is believed to be the first person to be elected secretary of state while serving as a county clerk.