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Clayton ready to step into county clerk job

Marian Clayton has been with the county clerk’s office since 1995 when she hired on as a temporary clerk. She’s moved up over the years and now serves as deputy clerk to the Board of County Commissioners and the vital records department, and also serves as administrative secretary to County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf.Clayton feels she would bring a new and better perspective to the job if she’s elected.”We need to bring the office into the 21st century,” she said.That means computerizing written records and allowing public access to records online. She’d also appoint a code enforcement officer to register vehicles of oil and gas workers who are coming in droves as the industry expands in the western portion of the county. Clayton said she sees oil and gas vehicle and equipment registrations as a lucrative revenue source the county has not tapped as well as it could.”I have the education, the background, the leadership and the creativity to bring this office into the 21st century. I’m an organizer and an implementer,” she said. “I have a good background attending the county commissioners meetings for 10 years to know what’s going on in the county.Elections, which are run by the county clerk’s office, are also a challenge.”Our election judges need to be better trained and we need to communicate with the public (about elections) in laymen’s terms and in a way that generates trust,” she said.Customer service, Clayton said, would be a major concern if she is elected. To give better customer service the employees need cross-training so they can do someone else’s job if they are away from their desk. More staffing is also important, especially in the Rifle office, and longer office hours are necessary.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com

Occupation: Administrative secretary to Garfield County Clerk Mildred Alsdorf, Deputy Clerk to Board of County Commissioners, Registrar for Vital Records since 1996Age: 70Family: Single, four children, three adopted children, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildrenHometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.Party affiliation: RepublicanWhen did you come to Garfield County and from where? 1984 from Denver


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