Jackie Harmon and Becky Moller vie for GarCo clerk and recorder job – The Sopris Sun

With Jean Alberico retiring, after 16 years as Garfield County Clerk and Recorder, two candidates are running to lead this vital position in November. In addition to overseeing voter registration and elections, the Office of the Clerk and Recorder handles motor vehicle titles and registration, real estate transactions, marriage licenses, birth and death certificates. death and acts as recorder for the County Board of Commissioners.

The Sopris Sun met with the two candidates individually. Their responses to the same questions have been intertwined for this article.

With 30 years living in Garfield County, 21 of which have worked directly for the county, Jackie Harmon promises solid, experience-based customer service. Her local journey began in Carbondale, where her children attended Crystal River Elementary School. She now lives in Silt, worked as a branch manager for the office of the county clerk and recorder in Rifle and last year as a motor vehicle manager for both offices.

Becky Moller, a Carbondale resident who moved to the valley in 2001, served as a municipal elections judge for Carbondale, Special Districts and Pitkin County. Her 17 years of legal experience includes working with statutes and regulations, she runs her own contracting and paralegal business and is a former firefighter, education entrepreneur and natural resources specialist. Moller earned her master’s degree in business administration last year and volunteers as a mediator for Garfield County and Eagle County small claims courts.

Harmon is inspired by the rare opportunity to rise to county office leadership. “Once John [Alberico] announced that she was not showing up, many people in the community contacted me and encouraged me [to run] …it prompted me to jump in and say, “Okay, I’m ready to run the office and we’re going to have a great time.”

Moller decided to run when she saw no other Democrats joining the race in February after Alberico announced his retirement. “I’ve got the legal experience…I’ve got the skills, I’ve got the kind of personality for that,” Moller said, “I’m the kind of person who will step in and say if things aren’t going well. “

Harmon’s time working for the county gave him first-hand insight into the responsibilities of the role, as well as dealing with county staff and staff from other counties. She said that with Alberico gone, “change is going to happen”. In addition to “bringing a fresh look to the Glenwood office,” Harmon looks forward to adapting to incorporate new election rules and security legislation.

Through his professional water rights, title and property research, Moller is also familiar with the office, as well as Pitkin and Eagle counties. “Garfield is the only one where you can’t get 24/7 contracts,” she observed. Additionally, based on what she heard in conversations with car dealerships, Moller would seek to speed up the titling of cars. Other county jobs assure her that she is prepared for the job.

Regarding the political divide and doubts surrounding the integrity of the election, Harmon said, “It’s too bad this happened…Colorado is quite a leader in the United States in how whose elections should be organised”. She told the Sopris Sun that tying party affiliation to the role of county clerk and recorder is problematic, but education is key. “Come in, the office is open to anyone with questions.”

“I think education is really important, so people know what our process is,” Moller agreed. She plans to reach out to schools as a possible remedy to division and doubt. “Once you get the students on board, they’ll tell their parents,” she said, linking it to recycling education. Also, “be open and honest” and encourage anyone curious to join the electoral process and find out more.

“The citizens of Garfield County should vote for me with confidence that I will do a great job, as I have for the past 21 years,” Harmon said. She called the election ‘a community event, not a party’ and said: ‘We are a family, we are a community, we are just doing the job at hand: good customer service, good community service’ .

Moller’s desire is to foster a culture of problem solving and teamwork in the office. “I think it’s incumbent on the office to be able to have as many people as possible who can move between departments.” She added that she “has never been a status quo person” and is “always looking to improve processes.”

The biggest challenge Harmon sees the county is facing is its growth. “Garfield County is growing, our population is growing, so the demands on the office are growing.” To meet these demands, she would assess staffing and whether the best tools are used. With only eight hours a day, she considers it essential that technology is put to best use, including online tools that save time for both the client and the county.

Moller suspects the biggest challenge will be staffing. “The wages the county can pay certainly don’t match the ability to buy a home in the county, probably not even in the west,” she lamented. It will be necessary, she said, “to start thinking outside the box and looking at other options”, such as offering part-time jobs to mothers, students and others who want a job. that matches their schedules.

Regarding strategies for success, Harmon said, “I’m a very relational person, I like visiting people.” His “main vision” for the office is “education and communication”, both online and in person.

Moller looks forward to the office getting involved with schools, Rotary clubs and other community organizations. She thinks the website could use an update and would like to automate more services, “to optimize staff to do things that can’t be automated.”

Both Harmon and Moller have campaign Facebook pages instead of traditional websites. Find them on “Jackie Harmon For Garfield County Clerk 2022” and “Becky Moller 4 GarCo Clerk”

“Being from the valley, I love a lot of things,” Jackie Harmon said, “going to the alpaca ranch, different community ranches, I love hiking, being with my six grandkids…” Photo by courtesy, pictured here at Potato Day

Becky Moller’s only hobby lately is campaigning, she joked, which has given her dogs plenty of exercise while she talks to voters. She calls one as her “campaign manager.” Courtesy photo, pictured here with fellow county candidates Ryan Gordon (left) and Aron Diaz (right)

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