How do you come up with costumes when the theme of your conference is the nebulous “change?”
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.”
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On the Motor Vehicle front, clerk staffers will roll out the Revenue Department’s Drives program, updating the state’s outdated drivers license and titling system.
“‘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.