She took the oath of office from her predecessor, Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, at the association’s winter conference in Colorado Springs last week.
“I accept the position of president of the CCCA with humility because I am sure it is not an easy task and I am certain that despite my best efforts, I will disappoint some of you sometimes,” Bacon said in her acceptance speech.
“My door is always open and I am only a phone call or e-mail away so feel free to reach out to me,” she said. “I recently told a clerk that we are all on the same team just in different zip codes and I do believe that. Our association is great at lending that helping hand or ear to a fellow clerk but we have to know your dilemma before we can extend that help.”
Bacon’s presidency comes as clerks and the legislature grapple with the implementation of two election-related ballot measures that voters passed in November.
Proposition 107 created a presidential primary and allows unaffiliated voters to participate without choosing a party. More worrisome is Proposition No. 108, which allows unaffiliated voters to participate in primary elections without choosing a party. Critics predict the new voting method will be costly and confusing.
State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, praised his county clerk.
“Pam is truly a leader among the county clerks,” he said. “She has the expertise, the knowledge and the motivation to lead the Colorado County Clerks Association through the challenges of an ever-changing election process.”
Logan County is in the clerks’ Eastern Region, and those clerks showered Bacon with flowers and plants.
Other members of the CCCA board also were sworn into office: Crane, past president; Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell, president elect; Adams County Clerk Stan Martin, vice president; Otero County Clerk Sharon Sisnroy, treasurer; Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill, secretary; Park County Clerk Deb Green, Southern Region chair; Lincoln County Clerk Corinne Lengel, Eastern Region chair; and El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman, Central Region chair. San Miguel County Clerk Kathleen Erie, Western Region chair, was not present.
The oath that they and Bacon took:
“I, ________, do solemnly swear by the ever-living God, that I will support the Constitution of the United States, the state of Colorado, and the bylaws of the Colorado County Clerks Association and will faithfully perform the duties of _________ of the Colorado County Clerks Association upon which I am about to enter.”