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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On the road again: Secretary Wayne Williams swings through Colorado

Board of Education member Joyce Rankin from the 3rd Congressional District and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams have some fun Friday night posing in front of Lockheed Martin's photo screen at Club 20's steak fry in Grand Junction. (Joe Rice, Lockheed Martin)
Board of Education member Joyce Rankin from the 3rd Congressional District and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams have some fun Friday night posing in front of Lockheed Martin’s photo screen at Club 20’s steak fry in Grand Junction. (Joe Rice, Lockheed Martin)

Friday was a long day for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who attended a court hearing in  Denver in the morning, met with two county clerks on the Western Slope in the afternoon and then attended Club 20’s steak fry at its fall meeting in Grand Junction that night.

Next week Williams heads to the San Luis Valley for the southern region’s county clerks fall conference in Alamosa. On Thursday he was in Limon for the fall conference of the eastern region’s county clerks.

Williams, who took office in January, has been traveling the state meeting with clerks, including some who were elected last year and who will be conducting their first election on Nov. 3. He said it’s one of the best parts of his job.

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