Colorado’s county clerks contend with democracy and DRIVES

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joined three members of the Arapahoe County Clerk’s office for a scenic photo outside the Salida SteamPlant where the Colorado County Clerks Association held its summer conference Aug. 20-22. From left to right, Williams, spokeswoman Haley McKean, Clerk Matt Crane and election manager Todd Davidson. (SOS photo)

Colorado’s county clerks gathered in Salida for their summer conference, combining educational workshops on various topics, such as election security, with lighthearted events, including visiting an arcade.

For some, the Colorado County Clerks Association conference was a bittersweet experience — more than one-fourth of the 64 county clerks will run their last election on Nov. 6. Some have decades of experience and have decided it is time to retire, others are term limited or choose not to stay in office.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back row, left, mingles with county clerks at the opening night reception for the clerks summer conference in Salida Aug. 20-22. Front row: Lincoln County’s Corrine Lengel, Yuma County’s Bev Wenger, and Baca County’s Sharon Dubois. Back row, Williams, Logan County’s Pam Bacon and Adams County’s Stan Martin. (SOS photo)

“Working in the clerk’s office has been a wonderful, exciting ride,” said Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod, who began in 1989, eventually was elected clerk and now is term limited.

“I have been truly blessed to serve the citizens of Moffat County and to be in the company of the smartest, most dedicated, hardworking people in the world.”

Secretary of State Wayne Williams updated clerks on a variety of topics his office is handling.

“I served as El Paso County’s clerk and recorder so I understand what our clerks go through. They don’t just run elections. They record documents and register vehicles and more,” Williams said. “Our office is here to help them in any way we can.”

The clerks praised Williams and his staff for their efforts.

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Seeing double in Moffat County

Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod laughs about the sign outside her office in Craig. Don’t believe it — she’s much beloved by her staff. (SOS photo)

Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod admits she has a slight case of senioritis — she’s term limited after 2018, which means she’ll be leaving the office where she has worked since she was 25.

But Herod knows she really doesn’t have time accommodate that senioritis. She has two big elections to oversee, starting with the Nov. 6 election. And she’s doing it without the help of deputy county clerk Tori Pingley, who delivered twins on Aug. 23. Scarlett Jane and Colt Wesley join a big sister, Arlea Jean, who just turned 4. Pingley is on maternity leave.

Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod, left, and her deputy clerk, Amanda Tomlinson, with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (SOS photo)

“You’re really going to let her be gone through the November election?” Secretary of State Wayne Williams jokingly asked Herod when he visited the clerk’s office in Craig on Friday.

“Do I really have a choice? I’m lucky she didn’t take double maternity leave since she had twins,” Herod said with a laugh.

By the way, they’re warning folks about the water at the Moffat County Courthouse. That’s because a staffer for Routt County Treasurer Linda Peters also recently delivered twins.

Herod said the ballot for the Nov. 7 election will be full although there is no statewide measure. The junior college and the water conservancy district have mill-levy questions, the school district has board races and the town of Dinosaur has a marijuana issue on the ballot.

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Moffat County clerk: “It was well worth the wait”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams today visited Craig and met with the Moffat County clerk's staff. From left to right, 3-year-old Arlea Pingley and her mother, Tori Pingley, Amanda Tomlinson, Clerk Lila Herod and Williams.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams today visited Craig and met with the Moffat County clerk’s staff. From left to right, 3-year-old Arlea Pingley and her mother, Tori Pingley, Amanda Tomlinson, Clerk Lila Herod and Williams.

Colorado Secretary of Wayne Williams visited the Moffat County clerk this morning, fulfilling a pledge to visit every county clerk during his first two years in office.

Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod said she had no problem with being No. 64 out of 64.

“They always save the best for last,” she said.

“It was well worth the wait,” she added. “Wayne’s so awesome.”

Williams  served as the El Paso County clerk and recorder before being elected Colorado secretary of state in  2014 and taking office the following January.

“Working with Colorado’s county clerks and ensuring that we provide the support they need is a critical part of this job and it’s a part that I love,” Williams said.

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Be like (Wayne) and Moffat County

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams holds up a sign that the Moffat County clerk and recorder's office made for him. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams holds up a sign that the Moffat County clerk and recorder’s office made for him. (SOS photo)

Moffat County is going one step further for the Nov. 8 election, urging its residents to be smart, vote early and “Be Like (Fill in the Blank).”

County Clerk Lila Herod (“Be Like Lila”) credited her deputy chief of elections, Amanda Tomlinson, for the new sign campaign that asks voters in Colorado’s farthest-northwest county to vote early.

Moffat County made a sign for Secretary of State Wayne Williams, which Tomlinson and another staffer, Tori Pingley — “my girls,” Herod calls them — hand delivered when they visited Denver Tuesday.

“This is (Wayne). (Wayne) does not like to wait in line,” it reads. “(Wayne) votes early. (Wayne) is smart. Be like (Wayne).”

Williams let out his trademark laugh when he saw the sign. The flip side includes the number for Moffat County’s election division and a link to GoVoteColorado.com, where Coloradans can register to vote or update their registration information.

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Oh what fun! Another holiday season

Oh what fun indeed. The WestBrooke Group's holiday card for 2015.
Oh what fun indeed. The WestBrooke Group’s holiday card for 2015.
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From Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod and her staff.
Congressman Ed Perlmutter and his wife Nancy.
Congressman Ed Perlmutter and his wife Nancy.

My favorite holiday card so far this season comes from the WestBrooke Group, a political consulting firm started by Monica Owens Beauprez and Hillary Shoun.

“Oh what fun!” the card reads and it looks like they are having quite a first year.

Another card that caught my eye came from Moffat County Clerk Leslie Herod and her staff. It was sent to my boss,  Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. Beautiful.

And I loved the simplicity of the postcard sent by Congressman Ed Perlmutter and his wife Nancy.

I hope your holiday season is great.