Homeland Security “hunts” at Colorado Secretary of State’s office

The “bad boys” of the Colorado Secretary of State’s IT department: Craig Buesing and Dave Shepard, network and security engineers, Trevor Timmons, chief information officer, and Rich Schliep, chief information security officer. (SOS photo)

At the invitation of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Department of Homeland Security officials came to Colorado hunting for bad guys in the SOS’s network.

Did they bag anything?

“I learned a new acronym: NSTR — Nothing Significant to Report,” said  Trevor Timmons, the Secretary of State’s office chief information officer.

The exercise is the latest effort by Williams to ensure that Colorado’s elections are accurate and secure. The Washington Post recently wrote about “how Colorado became the safest state to cast a vote.” Colorado already had implemented many of the measures recommended after election officials learned of Russia’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.

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The stinky shoe is gone, but the state’s co-ed softball league continues

A shot of the Colorado Secretary of State's league softball team last year. Back row, left to right, Kris Reynolds, Alex Klaus, husband of SOS staffer Kelsey Klause, Dan Volkosh, Mike Fitzpatrick, Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Tyler Hock, boyfriend of SOS staffer (Tiffany’. Front row, left to right: s boyfriend) Brad Lang, Kelsey Klaus, Hilary Rudy, Terry Long (CDDS), Terry's daughter, Tiffany Long. Staff not picture Abbas Montoya, Ben Schler, Jerome Lovato and Kyle Dostart. (SOS photo)
A shot of the Colorado Secretary of State’s softball team last year. Back row, left to right, Kris Reynolds, Alex Klaus, husband of SOS staffer Kelsey Klaus, Dan Volkosh, Mike Fitzpatrick, Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Tyler Hock, whose girlfriend Tiffany Long plays on the team. Front row: Brad Lang, Kelsey Klaus, Hilary Rudy, Terry Long, who works for another state agency, and Long’s daughter, Tiffany . SOS staff not pictured are Abbas Montoya, Ben Schler, Jerome Lovato and Kyle Dostart. (SOS photo)

Legend has it that in 1974 then-Gov. John Vanderhoof lost a shoe rounding second base during a league softball game and “the stinky old shoe” was bronzed and used as a first-place trophy until it was retired.

Now a Stanley Cup-style trophy is presented to the winners but co-ed slow-pitch league featuring state agencies continues.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s team is Hot SoS,  with S0S pronounced “sauce.” (What, no one changed the team name to Honey Baders?)

Some of the team names are pretty funny:

Inglorious Batters, for Department of Labor and Unemployment

Relics, History of Colorado

Who Gives a Hit, Department of Human Services

Bats out of Health, Department of Health

Hit & Run, Department of Law

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Secretary Wayne Williams: making inroads on transportation

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, third from left, at Gov. John Hickenlooper's State of the State address on the House floor Thursday. To Williams' left is Robin Pringle, the governor's fiancé and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. On his right is state Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Williams stood and applauded when the governor said the state needs new money for transportation. (Photo by Evan Semón/Special to Secretary of State)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, third from left, at Gov. John Hickenlooper’s State of the State address on the House floor Thursday. To Williams’ left is Robin Pringle, the governor’s fiancé and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. On his right is state Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Attorney General Cynthia Coffman. Williams stood and applauded when the governor said the state needs new money for transportation. (Photo by Evan Semón/Special to Secretary of State)

By Lynn Bartels and Keara Brosnan

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ name is linked with elections but the Colorado Springs Republican’s expertise also includes transportation, which is obvious when he’s out and about.

At the Colorado Restaurant Association’s Blue Ribbon Reception Wednesday night, Williams reminisced with Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, a Steamboat Springs Democrat. They were county commissioners when they served together on the Colorado State Transportation Advisory Committee. The same happened at a recent breakfast meeting with county clerks when Williams ran into  Tim Harris, the former chief engineer for the Colorado Department of Transportation.

“A fun thing about being SOS,” Williams said, “is I get to drive on a lot of the roads that I helped to get funding for.”

His knowledge on transportation came in handy Thursday when Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed the issue during his State of the State speech.

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