Moffat County clerk: “It was well worth the wait”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams today visited Craig and met with the Moffat County clerk's staff. From left to right, 3-year-old Arlea Pingley and her mother, Tori Pingley, Amanda Tomlinson, Clerk Lila Herod and Williams.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams today visited Craig and met with the Moffat County clerk’s staff. From left to right, 3-year-old Arlea Pingley and her mother, Tori Pingley, Amanda Tomlinson, Clerk Lila Herod and Williams.

Colorado Secretary of Wayne Williams visited the Moffat County clerk this morning, fulfilling a pledge to visit every county clerk during his first two years in office.

Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod said she had no problem with being No. 64 out of 64.

“They always save the best for last,” she said.

“It was well worth the wait,” she added. “Wayne’s so awesome.”

Williams  served as the El Paso County clerk and recorder before being elected Colorado secretary of state in  2014 and taking office the following January.

“Working with Colorado’s county clerks and ensuring that we provide the support they need is a critical part of this job and it’s a part that I love,” Williams said.

One of holiday trees at the Moffat County Courthouse.
One of holiday trees at the Moffat County Courthouse.

His first year, he trekked across the state visiting newly elected county clerks. His trips to veteran county clerks in 2016 took him all the way down to Baca County and all the way up to Sedgwick County. He drove the Million Dollar Highway twice in one trip, once to see the Ouray County clerk, and then after hours  from La Plata County to Mesa County.

Scenic Moffat County is Colorado’s northwesternmost of 64 counties. Besides the county seat of Craig, other towns are Maybell and Dinosaur.  “Where the West runs wild,” is the slogan of the Moffat County Tourism Association.

Herod has worked for the Moffat County clerk’s office for nearly 30 years.  The county elected her clerk in 2010 and re-elected her in 2014.  She was more than happy to make a sign for Williams this election that encouraged early voting. During his visit Monday, she showed Williams around the courthouse, where Christmas trees were going up as part of the annual Festival of Trees, and introduced him to other elected officials, including the assessor, a county commissioner and a county commissioner-elect.

“He was very engaged in what’s happening,” Herod said.

She reported there were few problems with the election, which saw 6,609 Moffat County residents cast their vote.

“We over prepared,” Herod said, “which is a good thing.”