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Colorado’s county clerks choose a new clerk in chief

Author: Dan Njegomir - January 24, 2018 - Updated: January 24, 2018

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Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell, left, the newly installed president of the Colorado County Clerks Association, the group’s executive director Pam Anderson, and the outgoing president, Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon. (Colorado Secretary of State’s Office photo)

…OK, so that’s not actually her new title; to be precise, Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell is the new president of the Colorado County Clerks Association. It’s quite an honor considering she was chosen by her fellow clerks, who ensure the integrity of elections in each of Colorado’s counties. They keep the democratic process running smoothly at its most fundamental level.

Reports Lynn Bartels, the blogger at large, messaging manager and media contact (among her many duties) for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams:

Mitchell, who succeeds Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon, took the oath of office on Jan. 18 at the clerk’s winter conference in Colorado Springs.

“It has been the honor of my life to serve the community where I grew up, and now I get to serve as president of the Colorado County Clerks Association,” Mitchell said. “This is the greatest group of people I have ever worked with. We always have our citizens in mind.

“We do good things.”

Mitchell, who was elected Chaffee county clerk and recorder in 2014, will serve a year at the helm of the state association, which advocates for the clerks statewide. According to its website, the organization, “supports best practices, use of technology and appropriate legislation through teamwork, communication and mutual respect.”

In other words, clerks are the folks who safeguard our right to vote.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.