Alberico touts experience in open clerk race
Jean Alberico has been the Garfield County Chief Deputy Clerk for seven years and has worked in the office since 1982. That’s a good reason to vote for her, she believes. “I like what I do. It doesn’t seem like 24 years. I like the day-to-day contact with people,” she said. She sees plenty of them in an office that handles birth and death records, real estate transactions, elections and voter registration, and what is perhaps the largest function of the office, vehicle registration.”I believe with my experience and extensive knowledge of what goes on in the office, I’m the best person for the job.”Alberico faces a co-worker as her challenger, Marian Clayton, who has been with the clerk’s office since 1995 and is a deputy clerk and administrative secretary to long-time county clerk and recorder Mildred Alsdorf, who is retiring this year.Alberico said her top priority, as is Alsdorf’s, is customer service. And she credits Alsdorf for her growth in the job. “People are often frustrated when they come into a government office. You have to help them understand the process. You have to treat everyone equally and fairly.””She’s been a tremendous mentor and role model,” she said.Among the biggest challenges of the office is elections. In the past, the county has been criticized for being slow at issuing election returns. However, this year polling places will have electronic voting machines that automatically tabulate results and should speed up the process.”Elections are very stressful,” Alberico said. “You’ve got to proof, and proof and proof again. You’ve got to be absolutely transparent.”The office has also been affected by the growth of the county’s population, which has meant more customers in an office than has not changed in size in many years. To meet the increased demand for service, the county opened a satellite office in Rifle a few years ago. Alberico said it’s been a challenge to find and retain employees in both offices, but Rifle especially needs more staffing to deal with the long lines of people wanting service.Alberico said she will also put her personal stamp in the office if elected.”Because of my background in education (she had a day care center before working for the county clerk’s office) and my love of teaching, I’d do more training and cross-training of staff. I would encourage employees to take a larger leadership role. I’m really passionate about elections. We need to do outreach programs for voters. … They get really confused (about absentee voting and polling place voting). We need to educate people on how elections work in Colorado.”Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
Occupation: Garfield County Chief Deputy Clerk since 1982Age: 54Family: Husband Steve; children Amanda, 17, Matthew, 16, and Jenna 14.Hometown: Born and raised in Glenwood Springs and now lives in Carbondale.Party affiliation: Democrat
County Clerk and RecorderStaff Size: 20 in two offices, Glenwood Springs and Rifle.Annual Budget: $1.19 millionSalary: $62,000
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