Secretary Wayne Williams holds court in Pagosa Springs

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid.

June Madrid has served as Archuleta County’s clerk and recorder since 1989 — and she worked nine years in the office in two separate stints before that.

The clerk’s office is located across the street from the Pagosa Springs Sun and on a road that curves in front of the big picture window in the clerk’s office, where the commissioners once were located.

So far, no one has slid off the street and through the window, although visitors sometimes ask.

Williams met Madrid’s new elections director, Kristy Arzu, and toured the elections facility in another part of the Archuleta County Courthouse, a facility that has been in the local news for several years because of a leaky roof, flooding, inadequate space and other issues.

“I was very appreciative of Wayne’s visit,” Madrid said. “It makes you feel part of the team. We’ve had secretaries of state we’ve never even met unless they showed up at conferences.”

Madrid was one of nine clerks Williams visited over a four-day period.

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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams hits the road again

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in Pagosa Springs on Day 1 of a four-day road trip.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in Pagosa Springs on Day 1 of a four-day road trip focused mainly in the southwestern part of the state.

Here’s Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ version of spring break: Visited nine county clerks. Checked out five newspaper offices. Attended three Go Code Colorado competitions. Spoke at one Club 20 event.

And all in four days.

Williams began his trip Wednesday morning in Greeley, where he met with Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes. By late afternoon he was in Pagosa Springs, talking to Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid and touring The Pagosa Springs Sun newsroom.

That night, Williams ate dinner in Durango with La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker — he visited her office Friday afternoon, too — and by the next morning he was ready to hit the road to talk with three other county clerks.

“Last year I met with all the new county clerks in their offices and this year and I am continuing to go meet with county clerks,” Williams said. “By going to their offices I get a better understanding of their set-ups and their challenges to ensure we are helping meet their needs.”

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