Candidates for county surveyor, clerk focus on customer service, accessible information
Come this November, Grand County voters will see challengers on the ballot for two positions that aren’t often thought about – county surveyor and the clerk and recorder.
Though the positions differ in duties, Jeanette Luttrell, a Kremmling resident running for county surveyor, and Martin Woros, a Hot Sulphur Springs resident who is running for clerk and recorder, share a goal of making more information available to residents of the county.
Luttrell, 54, said she is running for county surveyor because she’s concerned about public data being easily accessible. She is running against incumbent Warren Ward.
The county surveyor collects data on boundary surveys of county-owned property, boundary dispute information, and maintains a file of historical survey records and contemporary land survey plats. Luttrell believes that the current system obscures some of this information, which makes it difficult for surveyors to do their job.
“I think I can do a better job of helping the public find what they need,” Luttrell said. “I’ve been out there and not found what I needed in the records and asked and couldn’t find it or get any help, but I find it later because it’s databased wrong or in the wrong area. So it’s important to be able to go in and find it or be able to contact the county surveyor’s office and hear back.”
With several years of experience in land surveying, assessment and working in government offices, including mapping land for Grand County using geographic information systems, Luttrell said her knowledge of the industry would aid her in the position.
“I think I can get in there and talk to people, the town, the commissioners, the cities, anyone who uses public data,” she said. “I really want to help the public and land surveyors in general to find this data and be available for them.”
Luttrell said as surveyor she would want to map subdivision boundaries and land survey deposits, as well as making the data available in a more modern way and educating people on the office.
“Those are things I can do quickly and just cleaning up the data will make a huge difference,” she said. “And then just helping the people of Grand County know what surveys are, what types of surveys (there are).”
Like Luttrell, Woros, 59, was motivated to run for county clerk and recorder by the desire to provide the public with better information and service. He is running against incumbent Sara Rosene.
“The clerk’s office is an office that will touch your life in many ways, whether you’re registering a vehicle, if you’re getting your driver’s license renewed, or you’re taking your child in for a learners permit,” he said. “This is where government actually delivers back to the taxpayer. I feel like that should be done well.”
Woros said his decades of experience in information systems has taught him how to coordinate people and projects, manage budgets and provide competitive customer service. He also previously worked as the director of information systems for Grand County.
“I saw things in that office that I saw as opportunities to improve on,” Woros said. “It’s time to really adapt to what today’s consumerism is demanding.”
As clerk and recorder, Woros would like to upgrade the office’s website so that the data is more easily accessible and modern. He also wants to offer plat maps and recorded information online for free.
“I want to listen to and be aware of what the expectations of consumers are and deliver that,” he said. “Efficiency is so important, and it’s so important that you keep the paper flowing.”
Another focus of Woros’ is to offer fair, ethical and honest elections.
“I feel very dedicated to that concept and I would bring forward, not only my integrity, but my experience to make sure those things are met,” he said.
The election will be on Nov. 6 and registered voters will be able to drop ballots off outside the Grand County Administration Building in Hot Sulphur Springs, at the CSU Extension Hall in Kremmling, at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center in Fraser and at both the Granby and Grand Lake Town Halls. More information on how to register and where to vote can be found on the Grand County website.
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