Former Morgan County Clerk Connie Ingmire honored

Former Morgan County Clerk Connie Ingmire and others admire the award she received Saturday from Secretary of State Wayne Williams. From left to right, Jean Danford, Shirley Kula, Ingmire and Bob Kula at the Kulas’ home in Fort Morgan. (SOS photo)

Colorado  Secretary of State Wayne Williams had an award to hand out to former Morgan County Clerk Connie Ingmire but he  wasn’t sure when and how to present it to her so she would get the recognition she deserved.

Ingmire unwittingly solved the problem when she asked the secretary to speak to the Morgan County Republican Women at their brunch Aug. 11 in Fort Morgan. She is club president.

Williams talked about the office and the services it provides for elections, business registrations, notary training and such.

Former Morgan County Clerk Connie Ingmire and Secretary of State Wayne Williams with the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award. (SOS photo)

He also pointed out that when he was the El Paso County clerk and recorder and Ingmire held the same position in Morgan County, former Secretary of State Scott Gessler appointed them to a group to study election equipment. Williams continued the same committee when he became secretary of state in 2015, and Ingmire, although no longer a county clerk, agreed to serve.

“That’s why I was excited to come here, not just to visit you, but to give this award to Connie,” Williams said.

He then presented Ingmire with the National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award. Each secretary of state is allowed to give out five NASS awards annually  to a person or organization who has made a contribution to the office. Williams so far in his tenure has awarded four.

Club members applauded as Ingmire looked stunned. Her sister, Pat Samples-Ehrlich, had been tipped off and was in attendance.

“I was very surprised and very pleased,” Ingmire said afterward. “I’ve always considered Wayne Williams a wonderful state official. He does a lot to benefit the citizens of Colorado, as well as the Colorado County Clerks Association.”

Read moreFormer Morgan County Clerk Connie Ingmire honored

Secretary Wayne Williams to honor Douglas County school board

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will present an award to the Douglas County Board of Education Tuesday night. (Carol Lawrence, The Gazette/Special to the SOS)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will present an award to the Douglas County Board of Education Tuesday night. (Carol Lawrence, The Gazette/Special to the SOS)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Tuesday will honor the Douglas County Board of Education for its “phenomenal” program that that pairs education and elections.

All nine Douglas County high schools cancel classes on Election Day and use the facilities as voter service and polling centers. Students serve as election judges and rather than being paid individually for their work, the money is donated to that student’s favorite school activity.

For its effort, the school board will receive a NASS Medallion Award from the National Association of Secretaries of State, an award given to those who make an enormous difference.

Williams will present the award to the Douglas County school board at its work session at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the board offices, 620 Wilcox St. in Castle Rock.

“When I was El Paso County clerk we had school districts that told us we couldn’t use their facilities. We had one that told us we could but informed us right before the election that they were no longer available. We wound up scrambling to find a replacement site,” Williams said.

That facility had already been weatherized for the winter, and the clerk’s office had to bring in space heaters for the elections judges.

Attorney John Moye, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson after their NASS Medallion Award ceremony in 2015.
Attorney John Moye, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson after their NASS Medallion Award ceremony in 2015.

And that’s why the Douglas County school district stands out, Williams said.

“Voters have plenty of places to park. The election judges have been able to raise thousands of dollars for various programs. And the students get credit for public service, which they need to graduate,” he said.

“It’s a pretty phenomenal program. I hope it inspires other school districts.”

Williams last year handed out NASS Medallion Awards to former Secretary of State Donetta Davidson and attorney John Moye.