Happy Trails, Keara Brosnan

Keara Brosnan, center, served as an intern and aide for the Colorado Secretary of State office's communications department. She is touring the award-winning Ink Monstr in this photo from the company.
Keara Brosnan, center, served as an intern and aide for the Colorado Secretary of State office’s communications department. She is touring the award-winning Ink Monstr in this photo from the company.

Today I say good-bye to my intern, my techie and my friend. I’ll miss you Keara Brosnan.

You know you’ve selected the right intern when you both quote the same lines from “Napoléon Dynamite,” including, “Tina, you fat lard. Come get some dinner.”

When Keara came to the Secretary of  State’s office for her interview last fall she said everybody calls her Kiki because no one can pronounced Keara. I should have taken that as a clue but I insisted we go with Keara. I found myself saying over and over again, “Key,” like a car key, “air,” like what we breathe, “uh,” as in uh huh.

By the time she accompanied Secretary of State Wayne Williams last month on a breathtakingly beautiful road trip — Hinsdale, Rio Grande and Garfield counties — he almost had the name down.

Keara, 22, graduated from the University of Denver in March with a degree in strategic communications. She is from the bay area in California.

Keara Brosnan and Secretary Wayne Williams before a naturalization ceremony in December.
Keara Brosnan and Secretary Wayne Williams before a naturalization ceremony in December.

She spent six months trying to teach me to search analytics.  “Sometimes it’s better not knowing,” I would argue.

She took over tech assistance duties from legislative chief of staff Ian Silveri and Denver Post reporter Jon Murray . “The camera is on black-and-white again. Where’s the color?” I would say, handing her my phone.

And then there’s the time I asked her to write all the county clerks in preparation for the Colorado County Clerks Association’s winter meeting in Fort Collins. The group is the County Clerks of Colorado, I incorrectly told her. She got a sharp rebuke from a certain county clerk. I felt terrible.

But she got to meet Gov. John Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia and bunches of other top-level folks. She toured the Capitol, attended a Christmas party at the Governor’s Mansion and feasted at Maggiano’s with the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors.

And she got to work with some really great people in this office.

Keara, I mean Kiki, will be missed.