The Colorado Secretary of State’s co-ed softball team didn’t win any league trophies this year, but took home something more important: a reputation for being nice and fun.
The team is named Hot S.O.S., which is pronounced “Hot Sauce.” Its goal is to have a good time, said Coach Hilary Rudy, the deputy elections director.
Hot S.O.S. participates in the state’s co-ed softball league, which has been around since the 1960s.
The 14 teams are comprised of employees across various state agencies, such as the Department of Education and the Department of Natural Resources. In line with the league’s laid-back nature, each team came up with its own creative name. The Legislative Council’s team is Capitol Offense while History of Colorado is Relics.
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.
“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.”
Think of it as a kind of summer school for county clerks and their staffs.
A seminar about a program that allows survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking to purchase homes and file those records with county clerks without revealing their location.
Workshops on the Russians and election security.
And a class on election costs and reimbursements.
That’s some of what the Colorado County Clerks Association summer conference offered to attendees at the Westin in Snowmass Village last week.
“I learned a lot,” said Otero County Clerk and Recorder Sharon Sisnroy.
The county will be getting a new system for Motor Vehicle records and will handle property records differently, in addition to needing to educate unaffiliated voters who will automatically receive ballots in the mail for next year’s primary election.
“There’s a lot going on next year so I guess I will be going out with a bang,” said Sisnroy, who has worked at the clerk’s office for 42 years and won’t seek re-election in 2018.
A state senator on Monday praised Colorado’s 64 county clerks, saying they’re the reason Colorado is a “beacon of how elections should be done.”
“I really believe the county clerks are the rock stars of democracy,” said Denver Democrat Lois Court. “I know you all work your little tails off … and I salute you for everything you do.”
Court was one of three lawmakers honored by the Colorado County Clerks Association, which is holding its summer conference in Snowmass Village. The association also honored Sen. Don Coram, R-Montrose, and Rep. Jessie Danielson, D-Wheat Ridge, and presented an award to Logan County Attorney Alan Samber, for his work on a bill that involved land title registrations.
The Colorado County Clerks Association today honored an elections administrator known to greet challenging tasks with an “OK boss, we’ve got this” mantra.
Erin Hutchins was nominated for the Michelle Burton Excellence in Elections Service Award by her boss, La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker.
“Erin’s passion for elections is profound. She loves the challenge and is always willing to take on more,” Parker wrote in her nominating letter to Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon, president of the clerks association.
The award honors “those who demonstrate love and extra devotion to the election process.” The other finalists were from Weld and Larimer counties.
“This year we are implementing a new recording system, election system and redistricting,” Parker wrote. “Erin is involved with all of these projects. She never complains about working additional hours or skipping lunch. She will say, ‘OK boss, we’ve got this!'”
The presentation was made at the Colorado County Clerks Association’s summer conference in Snowmass Village, which ends Wednesday.
An emotional Parker accepted the award for Hutchins, who was too busy to attend the conference.