Ireland native is new Glenwood Springs city clerk |

Ireland native is new Glenwood Springs city clerk

Catherine Mythen, the new Glenwood Springs city clerk, at City Hall earlier this week. A native of Ireland, Mythen served for six years as deputy town clerk in Avon. She replaces longtime Glenwood clerk Robin Unsworth, who retired earlier this year.
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A passion for local government grew out of Catherine Mythen’s intrigue with the United States after she immigrated from Ireland in 1991 and ultimately became a U.S. citizen four years ago.

“I just find everything that goes on in city government and the different processes very interesting,” said Mythen, who officially became the new Glenwood Springs city clerk last week to replace longtime Clerk Robin Unsworth, who retired earlier this year.

It’s an interest she said she didn’t really have while growing up in the Republic of Ireland, but was one she developed in particular after moving to Colorado’s Eagle Valley in 1997 and working for the past 5 1/2 years as deputy clerk for the town of Avon.

Keeping up with growth and development, and their impact on the local community, and learning how to react when things slowed down on that front after the recession was an education in itself, Mythen said.

Mythen continues to live in Gypsum with her two yellow labs, Bailey and Buddy.

“I’ve loved my visits to Glenwood Springs, and when I saw that Robin had retired I was immediately interested,” said Mythen, who is still working to obtain her municipal clerk’s certification and expects to complete her studies soon.

“The people here are so friendly, and it’s a nice family-oriented community,” she said. “I just thought it would be the perfect place for me, and the perfect job.”

Mythen is the oldest of seven and completed her schooling in Ireland, including college at Waterford. She spent a couple of years working in the Grand Cayman Islands before coming to the U.S.

She recently returned from a trip home to Ireland to visit family, including several nieces and nephews. She said her family also likes to come visit in Colorado, especially for ski trips.

Mythen said she doesn’t ski herself, but does enjoy hiking, biking and swimming, plus snow shoeing and riding snowmobiles in the winter.

As city clerk, she oversees one deputy clerk, Ann Green, who has been serving as interim city clerk since Unsworth’s departure. The city clerk’s office is in charge of liquor licenses, including for special events, as well as licensing for the new retail marijuana trade.

Mythen will also be in charge of taking minutes at City Council meetings, including her first official meeting tonight, as well as preparing council resolutions, ordinances and other packet information, and posting public notices of meetings. She will also handle municipal elections, including city council elections next spring.

“I try to maintain an open door policy in my interaction with the public,” she said. “The staff here has been wonderful and very welcoming, and have made me feel at home.”

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