Colorado’s county clerks prepare for — and dress for — change

The Pitkin County Clerk’s office, with the assistance of Secretary of State Wayne Williams, model hats that reflect the seasons. Left to right: Clerk Janice Vos Caudill, fall; Kelly Curry, winter; Secretary Williams, mud; Beverly Mars, spring; and Mars’ daughter, Shelley Popish, summer. (SOS photo)

How do you come up with costumes when the theme of your conference is the nebulous “change?”

Pitkin County clerk staffer Kelly Cury, with her hat reflecting winter, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, with his hat for “mud” season, take the stage as part of the Colorado County Clerks Association’s costume contest Wednesday. (SOS photo)

Well, the Pitkin County clerk and recorder’s office focused on the changing seasons in one of the most picturesque locales in Colorado. For that effort, Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill and her staff Thursday night won a costume contest at the Colorado County Clerks Association’s winter conference.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joined the Pitkin staff in modeling hats based on the five seasons.

Yes, five.  Williams wore the hat for “mud” season, you know, “the window of time between when the ski resorts close and when the summer activities pick up again.” With melting snow, there’s lots of mud.

There even was a brief wardrobe malfunction. The string on Williams’ hat broke before the contest started, and Vos Caudill enlisted a project manager with the Colorado Department of Revenue to fix it.

“I told Wayne’s wife (Holly), ‘I hope you don’t mind us dragging him through the mud — season,'” Vos Caudill said. “Wayne was so much fun.”

The Mesa County clerk’s office placed third in a costume contest sponsored by the Colorado County Clerks Association. The theme of the ongoing conference is “change.” Back row: Amanda Golightly, Melissa Herek, former Secretary of State Bernie Buescher of Grand Junction, and Clerk Sheila Reiner. Front row: Karen Reiher and Jackie Campbell. (SOS photo)

Also as part of the theme, various clerks and their staffers took videos of themselves lip syncing and dancing to Sheryl Crow’s “A Change Would Do You Good.” Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell, who was sworn in as association president Wednesday, put them together in a single video that was well received by conference-goers.

Clerks and staffers face some big challenges in 2018. On the elections front, due to a voter-approved mandate they will be mailing primary ballots to unaffiliated voters for the first time in Colorado history. On the Motor Vehicle front, clerk staffers will roll out the Revenue Department’s Drives program, updating the state’s outdated drivers license and titling system.

Jefferson County Clerk Faye Griffin and her staff took the stage wearing coin-studded crowns and throwing candy coins to the audience. (SOS photo)

“‘Change’ is also a call to action — to continually evolve, improve, enhance our systems to serve our citizens,” said the conference host, El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman.

The contest was judged by two former secretaries of state, Donetta Davidson and Bernie Buescher, and Matt Masterson, a commissioner with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

Other participants in the costume contest included Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers and her staff, Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes and Rio Grand County Clerk Cindy Hill.

Staffer Julia Sunny contributed to this report.