Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell — known for her colorful shoes and her clever Facebook posts reminding residents their motor-vehicle tags are about to expire — is the new president of the Colorado County Clerks Association.
Mitchell, who succeeds Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon, took the oath of office on Jan. 18 at the clerk’s winter conference in Colorado Springs.
“It has been the honor of my life to serve the community where I grew up, and now I get to serve as president of the Colorado County Clerks Association,” Mitchell ssaid. “This is the greatest group of people I have ever worked with. We always have our citizens in mind.
“We do good things.”
Mitchell is a former golf professional, who then attended Colorado State University and got a journalism degree. She worked as a photographer and in 2014 was elected Chaffee County clerk and recorder.
Bacon reflected on her year in office when she gave up the gavel to Mitchell.
“I feel we are so unstoppable when we all work together. 2018 is yet another year of change and we together will handle it in true clerk fashion,” Bacon said. “What a journey and true honor it has been to serve as your president and what a year of change we have had.”
But she said she wasn’t happy that clerks were unable to get legislation passed giving them leeway when it comes to providing early-voting locations during general elections because of costs, the very low turnout and the difficulty in securing locations and judges.
Other clerks also praised the association and its conferences.
“Gathering with this amazing group of dedicated professionals, on all fronts, ensures cohesive navigation and understanding of the challenges ahead,” said Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers.
The other association officers for the year, in order in their swearing-in ceremony photo, are: Adams County Clerk Stan Martin, president-elect; Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill, vice president; Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, secretary; Kit Carson County Clerk Susan Corliss, treasurer; Lincoln County Clerk Corinne Lengel, eastern region chair; Myers, central regional chair; Park County Clerk Debra Green, southern region chair; Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner, western region chair; and Bacon, past president.