Brown named clerk & recorder

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Krystal Brown it is. Appointed to the position of Teller County Clerk & Recorder, Krystal Brown's position is now official. Chief Deputy Clerk for the past two years, Brown has been the acting clerk since the resignation of J.J. Jamison earlier in the year.

Before announcing Brown's appointment April 11, Teller County commissioners Marc Dettenrieder, Dave Paul and Norm Steen let the suspense drag on. “We had three qualified candidates,” Steen said. “It was a challenging decision.”

If anybody in the audience was in suspense, commission chair Paul made them wait a bit longer. “We had three different candidates, as far as their skills and experience,” he said. “It was an arduous process.”

The room erupted in applause when Paul finally named Brown. As an appointee, she will be eligible to run for the officein November 2014.

A resident of southern Teller County for 20 years, Brown has been part of the clerk & recorder's office for the past nine years.

Overseeing a staff of 8, two of them in Woodland Park, Brown has been a stabilizing force in the clerk's office, taking the lead in the wake of turmoil generated by her predecessor who resigned under pressure.

As a result, the commissioners recognized her, along with Stephanie Fisher, senior elections clerk, with the county's leadership award.

Among the new duties of the clerk's offices is the processing of civil-union licenses, a result of a legislative decision, effective May 1. “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us,” she said.

Along with the paperwork and interacting with the public, Brown has a softer goal. “We just want to stay under the radar and do our jobs,” she said.

Brown and her husband, Cripple Creek Mayor Bruce Brown, have four children, 19, 17, 14 and 13.

Before making the appointment, the commissioners reported on their flurry of activities. From meetings with regional fire officials, Dettenrieder offered up startling statistics. In the last 13 years, the number of fires has decreased in Colorado, he said, but they are larger and burn more acres. “By 2030 there will be a 40 percent increase in people moving into the wildland urban interface area,” he said.

Steen, on the other hand, is monitoring transportation issues. On the recent news that the I-25/Cimarron interchange project lacks $1 million in matching funds, Steen predicted success. “I want to reassure you that nothing will come from Teller County. But my sense is that they're coming very close, with construction starting in 2014 and concluding in 2017.”

As well, Steen is keeping track of SB48 which would allow money collected through highway-users' fund be used for transit projects. “The reasoning is that by putting more people on buses, it reduces the load of trucks and cars on the highways,” Steen said.

Paul has been occupied in advocating for the county in the revival of the lawsuit by Gilpin County over the distribution of gaming impact funds. As well, he has been elected chairman of the executive board of Pikes Peak Workforce Center.

To a proposal to open Rampart Range Road if U.S. 24 is closed due to flooding, Paul gave measured approval. “We're not going to put trucks and buses on that road but it would be nice to have that road open again,” he said. “I don't see that as a real winner when it comes to commuting to the Springs.”

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