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.
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.”