Honoring Douglas County’s Sheri Davis

Judd Choate, elections director at the Colorado Secretary of State’s office, Sheri Davis with the Douglas County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, and Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Davis, who used to see oversee elections, was recognized by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday for 20 years of service. (SOS photo)

Sheri Davis celebrated 20 years of service as a Douglas County clerk and recorder employee in a ceremony Tuesday that attracted a ring of admirers, including Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

During her tenure, Davis worked in recording, then elections and now is overseeing Motor Vehicles.

Williams told the Douglas County Board of Commissioners that when he served as the El Paso County clerk and recorder his office often turned to Davis, the elections manager, “to find out what made sense, what looked like it was going to work.” That partnership continued when he became secretary of state in 2015.

Sheri Davis, who has worked for Douglas county government for 20 years, and her current boss, Douglas County Clerk and Recorder Merlin Klotz. (SOS photo)

“Thank you Sheri for all of your work. Thank you for making it so that I never had to worry, so that I could just call and say ‘Hey, had a question about this,’ and to know that when you said, ‘Yes, things are going fine,’ that that meant they absolutely were,” Williams said. “I appreciate your great work.”

Douglas County commissioners recognize employees’ years of service in five-year increments. It was Davis’ first time to appear before the board during her recognition.

“Wow, my head just really grew,” Davis told those gathered at the Douglas County board room. “I have a passion for serving the citizens of Douglas County and I hope to be able to continue to do that for a few more years. I do appreciate all the support I’ve received over the years.”

Also paying tribute were Douglas County Clerk and Recorder Merlin Klotz, his predecessor, Jack Arrowsmith, and Judd Choate, elections director for the Secretary of State’s office, who presented Davis with a flag flown over the state Capitol and a letter from Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Choate recalled the day last summer when he was driving back to Denver after a meeting in Alamosa and Davis called to say, “Hey Judd, I know we’re about 60 days out from the election and all, but our print vendor just said that they won’t have our ballots to use by the 45-day mailing deadline and you should know that our print vendor is also the print vendor for about 30 other counties.”

Douglas County’s Sheri Davis and the Colorado Secretary of State’s Judd Choate. (SOS Photo)

“Now I about drove into the ditch and she was all calm, “We’re going to figure it out’ and we did figure it out,” Choate said. “Sheri’s just a total all-star and we’re going to miss her. We’ve never worried about Douglas County ever, at least in my eight years (at the SOS.)”

Klotz said when he took over as county clerk in 2015 he could concentrate on learning other parts of the operation — recording, Motor Vehicles and such — because Davis was minding the store in elections.

Excerpts of letters from Pam Anderson, executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association, and Denver elections director Amber McReynolds, also were read at the commission meeting.

McReynolds said Davis “demonstrated steadfast leadership” throughout her career, and she recalled meeting her more than a dozen years ago. “I was struck by your thoughtfulness, your collaborative approach to solving problems, your enthusiasm for elections, your incredible knowledge and insight, and your kindness,” McReynolds said.

Douglas County commissioners Dave Weaver, Roger Partridge and Lora Thomas listen as tributes are paid to Sheri Davis, a 20-year-employee of Douglas County government. (SOS photo)

Anderson previously served as the Jefferson County clerk and recorder, and said she had extensive experience working with Davis and other election professionals who shared a “common goal of developing the best elections in the country.”

“Sheri and her fellow election directors held that customer service to the voters and implementation of cutting edge technology to create efficient and cost-effective methods was the path to that goal,” Anderson stated. “She was a leader among election professionals in working together bring that model to life. Best of all, they stepped up and shared those experiences with counties across the state in order to assist those jurisdictions that may not have had the resources to develop these programs on their own.”