Chamberlain to remain as county treasurer |

Chamberlain to remain as county treasurer

It’s back to business for Garfield County Treasurer and Public Trustee Georgia Chamberlain, who was re-elected to the job Tuesday night.”There’s plenty of work I’ve got right on my desk now that needs to get done and I’m ready to get doing it,” she said.Chamberlain, a Democrat from Carbondale, has served in the job for 20 years. She ran against Gala Ivie, a Republican from rural Silt, who currently serves as deputy treasurer and deputy public trustee in Eagle County.Ivie, too, was prepared to return to her present job after Tuesday’s election results.”I still have a job. I just have to drive a long ways to get there,” she said.Chamberlain won the race 9,721-4,889, from unofficial final results.”We really thought we’d win,” Ivie said. “We had a lot of positive feedback and we really thought we’d do better.”Still, she said it’s been a good campaign.”There has to be a winner and there has to be a loser. We just had a lot of positive feedback. I know it’s really hard to beat an incumbent, especially being in there that long, but I feel good. We had a lot of support. We met a lot of wonderful people. We gave it 400 percent.”Chamberlain said the race for treasurer was “pretty clean.””There wasn’t any big controversy,” she said.Some of Chamberlain’s duties include collecting taxes, investing county funds, and overseeing foreclosure proceedings and releases of deeds of trust as public trustee. She manages a staff of six, an annual budget of more than $500,000 and an investment portfolio of more than $40 million.Ivie had challenged Chamberlain on the argument that the office needed to be brought “into the 21st century” through modernization and new ideas. Some specific goals included implementing an electronic depositing system for faster clearing times, and expanding hours in the Rifle office to five days a week.Chamberlain said during the campaign that she plans to increase office hours in Rifle and continue to modernize her office through programs such as e-filing and e-recording of foreclosures.She can move forward with those plans now that the anxiety about getting re-elected is behind her.”You can never take anything for granted. I’m relieved that it’s going to be over with,” she said as Tuesday’s night’s election results were coming in with her holding a commanding lead.Contact Dennis Webb:

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