MEET THE CANDIDATES: County surveyor, clerk and recorder offices up for election
FOR COUNTY CLERK
Sara Rosene, the incumbent Republican candidate for county clerk and recorder, is running because she is passionate about the duties of county clerk and dedicated to serving her community.
Rosene, a 63-year-old Kremmling resident, has been county clerk for 27 years. In her time there, she has prioritized elections and made protecting people’s private information a focus for the office.
“I have a real passion for elections and making sure people’s right to vote is protected,” she said. “I also have a real passion for protecting people’s personally identifiable information in an age where, in my opinion, it isn’t always respected. I think that’s really important that we protect our citizens.”
Rosene has administered over 50 elections in her time, experienced changes to the DMV and elections systems, as well as been involved in committees at the state level.
She believes her experience and education, as well as the relationships she has cultivated, is key to the position.
“In a county our size, the clerk cannot just sit back,” she said. “My experience is not only on the frontline, but all the back end, the connection with how we work with the state.”
As county clerk, Rosene said a lot of the job is processing paperwork, but that paperwork allows people to vote, to get driver’s licenses, to prove ownership of a property and more. The role also provides needed services to county government.
She said her goals should she maintain her position would be to facilitate civic engagement and get more people to vote, as well as encourage more people to use the new motor vehicle system.
“I feel like with the changes with motor vehicle we are going to be able to do more outreach to our citizens and make it so they don’t have to always make a trip here,” Rosene said. “We’re obviously not the most centrally located place in the county, so my goal is to use that really wonderful system that the citizens of Colorado have paid for to the tune of $93 million and make it more accessible.”
She would also want to make more public records easier to access and continue making cybersecurity and privacy a priority.
Martin Woros, the Democratic candidate for county clerk and recorder, is running because he believes he can elevate the operations of the office through his unique insight, which he gained through his previous work for the county and as a customer at the clerk’s office.
Woros, 59, of Hot Sulphur Springs, is currently retired, but said he wanted to serve as county clerk because it is a position that impacts many residents with its different services.
“When I think of county government, this is where the rubber meets the road,” he said. “This is where you are going to have a lot of contact with government through this office. People who need these services are really going to expect an office that is, by design, efficient, courteous and willing to deliver these particular services.”
Previously, Woros served 18 years as the county director for information systems, as well as he has over 30 years of experience in technology.
He said this experience, as well as his previous interactions with the clerk and recorder’s office, informs his goals for the position, which include stressing good customer service and efficiency.
“I want everybody’s experience with that office to be both beneficial and dignified,” Woros said. “I also want to bring convenience. I want to design workflows, policies and procedures that streamline and make efficient the delivery of services, so that wherever I can I can reduce the stress of having to do business with that office, reduce the stress of having to deal with government.”
Woros cited elections and record keeping, such as real estate transactions and birth and death certificates, as two of many important roles the office plays in the county. He said that if he wins, he plans to continue the high-standard for elections and the good relationship with the Secretary of State.
He also hopes to be able to expand the driver’s license and permit services, as well as make more records available to the public online.
“There’s a lot of information there that we paid for to have recorded that I feel once it’s recorded, why in the world aren’t we able to view those online for free,” Woros said.
Warren Ward, the incumbent Republican candidate for county surveyor, is running to keep his seat because he takes pride in his mapping programs and he simply can’t imagine a better job.
Ward, 58, of Tabernash, has been county surveyor for 27 years. In that time, he said his number one accomplishment has been to build a positive reputation for the office through his knowledge and experience.
“There are times when people ask me for information and I’m pretty sure I’m the only one who knows where it is,” he said. “My experience is an asset that took a long time to gain, it doesn’t just happen by itself, and it’s an asset to the community that I believe is irreplaceable.”
He’s passionate about the applying his knowledge to the county.
In his career, Ward previously worked as a local land surveyor, has researched surveying practices every county in Colorado and is involved in the National Association of County Surveyors.
For Ward the value of the surveyor’s office is in its ability to provide information to landowners and the role it plays maintaining order in society.
“A potential homebuyer or landowner buys a piece of property and they expect it to be free of any kind of legal future conflict,” he said. “The reason I ran in the first place is I encountered many problems, and landowners routinely dealt with very frustrating problems, and it was taken for granted that that’s just the way life was and I wanted to run because I felt that I could do a better job for the citizens and I’ve lived up to that.”
If he is given the chance to continue as surveyor, Ward said he would maintain his mapping program, continue to work with other county departments to better his programs and focus on clearly defining the way subdivisions in the county are prepared.
“My goals will be, in the next four years, I will be able to say that in fact I have made subdivisions more consistent in this county after a lot of effort,” Ward said. “It takes true inner-gumption to make it happen.”
Jeanette Luttrell, the unaffiliated candidate for county surveyor, is running to protect public boundaries and right of way by making sure maps have all of the necessary information and are available to the public.
Luttrell, a 54-year-old Kremmling resident, is a licensed surveyor and co-owner of Peak to Peak Land Surveying and Mapping. She said her fresh eyes and experience in different roles throughout the field would benefit the office.
“I believe all the experience that I’ve had in the 25 years (…) has brought me here,” she said. “I’m motivated. And we need a change.”
Beginning in 1995, Luttrell has worked professionally in surveying, geographic information systems (GIS) and as an assessor for the Grand County Planning Department.
She said her previous interactions with the county surveyor’s office motivated her to run because she felt that the data and maps were not readily available and some were missing information, such as monument identification which are used to set boundaries.
“I feel real passionate about the data that’s coming out of the county surveyor’s office for our public,” she said. “I can get that database cleaned the first week I’m there. It will be fast to clean up, so we’ll be able to find things. (…) There’s a lot of things I can do instantly to help the professional land surveyor work in this county.”
Luttrell explained the importance of this, as well as the broader surveyor role, is to protect property and allow surveyors, assessors and GIS professionals to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
“A land survey is a monumented boundary and it gives you an acreage and it’s a great insurance policy for your property,” she said. “The role of surveyor is to protect our property rights and our county right of ways, to make sure our roads are there and they’re protected and not getting encroached on. It’s number one for economic development and development of the county.”
Aside from her goals regarding data and maps, Luttrell said she wanted to be a mentor to those in the field and make herself available and accountable for any questions that may arise.
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