To the web and beyond — Colorado governments win digital awards

Douglas County Assessor Lisa Frizell and Secretary of State Wayne Williams were among the Coloradans who picked up awards Friday night in Austin, Texas, from the Center for Digital Government. (SOS photo)

Secretary of State Wayne Williams joined other Coloradans in Austin, Texas, Friday night where they were honored for their sophisticated digital efforts in the fields of elections, real estate assessments and other services.

The Secretary of State’s office, the Douglas County Assessor’s office and Larimer County government were among the winners in the Center for Digital Government’s 2nd annual Government Experience Awards.

“It was an honor to be a part of that awards ceremony and learn what other states, counties and cities are doing digitally to save taxpayers’ money and enrich and secure the lives of the people they serve,” Williams said.

“As the chief elections officer for the state, I am gratified that our efforts at implementing a risk-limiting audit to ensure ballot accuracy continues to be recognized for making Colorado the safest state to cast a vote.”

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SOS + CCCA = One heck of an incredible journey

The Colorado Secretary of State’s elections division regularly attends the Colorado County Clerks Association conference. Some of the staffers at last week’s event were Ben Schler, Eddie Morgan, Caleb Thornton, Melissa Polk, Danny Casias, Jessi Romero and Steve Bouey. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his staff got great reviews from those who attended the Colorado County Clerks Association winter conference, and the secretary was equally complimentary.

“I love working with the clerk and recorders,” he told conference-goers. “You’re not afraid to follow the law, and that’s true whether there’s a recall in Custer County or with someone who submits petitions.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams hands Eagle County Clerk Regina O’Brien an award for her and her staff for participating in SOS sponsored training. (SOS photo)

The three-day conference in Colorado Springs concluded last week, and the clerks will gather again in the summer. The conferences offer workshops on a variety of topics that clerks deal with, including vehicle title registration and recording  documents.

County clerks run elections, but the secretary of state is the chief elections officer, and that’s where the SOS comes in to play at conferences. Secretary of State staffers participate in workshops on a variety of topics, including security, ballot access and changes to election laws.

Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner said the “wonderful people at the SOS office” are her staff’s “lifeline.”

Eagle County Clerk Regina O’Brien praised the SOS and her fellow clerks.

“At every conference, I glean tips, tricks and lessons learned that help me continually improve our processes. I love being able to share our practices as well in a effort to help others across the state,” she said. “In the current political climate, it’s inspiring and encouraging to see so many working towards the same shared goal — excellence!”

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