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Grand County clerk, treasurer, assessor discuss their elected offices

Hank Shell
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Three of Grand County's elected officials met with citizens to discuss their positions and experiences at the Grand County Democrats' monthly meeting on Monday, April 20.

The meeting was the first in a series called "Eyes Wide Open" that seeks to elucidate the "process and responsibilities of county government."

The following is an abridged excerpt from the exchange, edited for clarity.

Sarah Rosene Clerk and Recorder

What skills did you have going into office?

Before I ran for county clerk, I actually worked as a title examiner for Grand County Abstract. I did work in the assessor's office before that and when I ran I worked at the Bank of Kremmling, which was actually the name of the bank then. Going in, my title insurance experience probably was the most significant part because the real estate recording was a big part of what we did.

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What skill do you wish you had going into office?

I would probably say managing personnel. I think that's probably the hardest thing that we do in our jobs. That's the skill that I wish I was more experienced at.

What skills are needed in your office today?

The skills that I see in a clerk and recorder's office now are managing the technology, managing staff and actually finding people that are willing to participate in the democratic process. So getting out and being able to talk to the public, get them involved in elections, I see that as a big part of what we should be doing or could be doing.

Christina Whitmer Treasurer and Public Trustee

What skills did you have going into office?

I started with the treasurer's office in 1990. I worked in the public trustee side of the office even though I shared in the treasurer's stuff also. In our office everybody does everything. One of the things that I had a unique talent for was creating automation.

What are some of the responsibilities of your office?

I'm responsible for 26,000 tax property accounts, and it's my responsibility to collect that money. We have to follow up, balance and bring in that money and then distribute that money to all the taxing districts and the county. I am kind of like the banker for the county, and because I'm like a banker, I take the funds that are on deposit with the treasurer and invest those funds to try to make money on the funds that are just sitting in our accounts.

What skills are needed in your office today?

They've got to be a perfectionist because accounting is involved, and they've got to love accounting. They've got to have a real knack for math, because that's a lot of what we do, and they've got to love customers. You've got to have a lot of knowledge on investments.

Tom Weydert County Assessor

What skills did you have going into office?

I've been involved in real estate for like forever. I had worked for the assessor's office for about four years. I'm a certified general appraiser.

What are some of the responsibilities of your office?

What we're responsible for is to value all of the taxable property in the county. We need to be fair and balanced and equitable on all those values because so many taxing districts, almost 100 percent of their funding comes from the property tax.

Could you be the assessor without being an appraiser?

You could. I believe it's important that you are licensed so that you know what you're dealing with. Pretty much all of the assessors are licensed appraisers to some degree. It's something that within the state association of assessors we think is important.

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