To the web and beyond — Colorado governments win digital awards

Douglas County Assessor Lisa Frizell and Secretary of State Wayne Williams were among the Coloradans who picked up awards Friday night in Austin, Texas, from the Center for Digital Government. (SOS photo)

Secretary of State Wayne Williams joined other Coloradans in Austin, Texas, Friday night where they were honored for their sophisticated digital efforts in the fields of elections, real estate assessments and other services.

The Secretary of State’s office, the Douglas County Assessor’s office and Larimer County government were among the winners in the Center for Digital Government’s 2nd annual Government Experience Awards.

“It was an honor to be a part of that awards ceremony and learn what other states, counties and cities are doing digitally to save taxpayers’ money and enrich and secure the lives of the people they serve,” Williams said.

“As the chief elections officer for the state, I am gratified that our efforts at implementing a risk-limiting audit to ensure ballot accuracy continues to be recognized for making Colorado the safest state to cast a vote.”

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Innovation in bellwether Larimer County

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited with the Larimer County clerk and board of commissioners during a visit to Fort Collins last week. They are, left to right, Commissioners Tom Donnelly and Lew Gaiter, Williams, Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers and Commissioner Steve Johnson. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited with the Larimer County clerk and board of commissioners during a visit to Fort Collins last week. They are, left to right, Commissioners Tom Donnelly and Lew Gaiter, Secretary Williams, Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers and Commissioner Steve Johnson. (SOS photo)

When Wayne Williams was elected El Paso County clerk and recorder in 2010, he visited the clerks in Larimer and Weld counties before he took office.

At the time, Williams was a county commissioner and had heard from the Larimer and Weld commissioners and their residents “about the quality of their clerks and the operations they ran,” he said.

Williams, now the secretary of state, returned to the Larimer County clerk’s office in Fort Collins last week as part of his goal to meet with clerks statewide to see what issues they face and how his office can help.

“We spoke about the quality of support from the secretary of state and his office,” Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers said. “It definitely feels like a partnership, and that is for the good of the entire state.”

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