Rio Blanco: remote and Republican

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Rio Blanco County Clerk Boots Campbell at the county offices in Meeker. (SOS photo)

You can’t blame Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder Boots Campbell and her staff for being excited about their digs in the newly remodeled courthouse. No longer does brown water seep down the walls or ceilings because the prisoners in the jail above decide to flood their toilets.

“It was pretty disgusting,” she said.

The old courthouse, which originally was completed in 1936, was gutted and refinished. The clerk’s office began moving back in around April. Meanwhile, the jail and the courtrooms moved into the new Rio Blanco County Justice Center.

Campbell — whose name is “Boots” on her voter registration record and driver’s license — gave Secretary of State Wayne Williams a tour of the courthouse when he visited her office Friday in Meeker. The county’s stunning logo, featuring an oil derrick and an elk, adorns the walls and the county commissioner’s room.

In Campbell’s office, she still has some of the wooden antique juror chairs from the olden days in the courthouse, as well as a wooden desk she refused to part with.

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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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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.