Our own Hilary Rudy, Class of 2016

Hilary Rudy, deputy director of elections for the Colorado Secretary of State, speaks to county clerks at their summer conference earlier this year. At her side is Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell. (SOS photo)
Hilary Rudy, deputy director of elections for the Colorado Secretary of State, speaks to county clerks at their summer conference earlier this month. At her side is Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell. (SOS photo)

Colorado’s deputy elections director, Hilary Rudy, will be honored Friday as one of the top designated election officials in the country.

She will be be known as a “certified elections/registration administrator” or CERA.

That sounds bureaucratese but just think of it as the elections version of getting “made.” But in this case, the ranking comes only after lots of study by the Colorado Secretary of State staffer.

Rudy will receive the designation at a ceremony in Philadelphia Friday.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams  dealt with Rudy in 2011 when he became El Paso County clerk and recorder. He was sworn in as secretary of state in 2015.

“When I had tough questions about specific issues, she was always the one I called,” he said. “I’m glad she continues to provide excellent support for our 64 counties. Colorado clerks across the state look to Hilary Rudy for guidance.”

To become designated as a CERA, Rudy completed a multi-year course of study conducted by the Election Center’s Professional Education Program and completion of 12-core course taught by the master’s in public administration faculty of Auburn University. The courses range from ethics, to voter registration and elections law, planning, communications, and voter participation, among others.  The intent of the program is to professionalize the management of voter registration and elections administration in promoting and preserving public trust in the democratic process.

“This is the highest designation available to elections and voter registration officials,” said Tim Mattice, director of the Election Center.  “This graduating class of 61 professionals takes us to 980 election officials and election vendors who have achieved the …  status. This is an outstanding accomplishment.”

But it’s not all business for Rudy, who has worked for the Secretary of State 10 years, working her way up as an intern to the No. 2 spot in elections. When’s she not on the road talking to Colorado’s 64 county clerks, Rudy plays on the Secretary of State softball team, Hot SOS, and joins with fellow staffers in serving chicken and cheer to residents at the Ronald McDonald house.