Chamberlain has earned her position |

Chamberlain has earned her position

Two experienced and qualified candidates are vying for the Garfield County Treasurer’s office.

Carbondale’s Georgia Chamberlain has been in the position for the past 20 years. Gala Ivie, who lives south of Silt, is currently the deputy treasurer and deputy public trustee for the Eagle County Treasurer’s Office.

Ivie, 50, a Meeker native, has worked in treasurer’s offices for 14 years in both Rio Blanco and Eagle counties.

The treasurer position requires experience and know-how.

The duties of the office include supervising a staff of six, collecting taxes, investing county funds of more than $40 million, and overseeing foreclosures proceedings and releases of deeds of trust as the public trustee.

Chamberlain, 58, has been a competent and loyal public servant.

With the growth of the county and population projections for the future, this office will need to adapt and grow with the changes that will occur over the next few years.

Growth is something Chamberlain has dealt with and handled before in her years in the office. We feel that her experience as Garfield County Treasurer, and the way she’s performed in the office, have earned her the right to continue in the position.

Two areas that the office must address are tackling some of the technology questions and evaluating staffing issues, especially in the western part of the county.

Ivie has raised some valid concerns about the office and would bring a different perspective to the office based on her experience in Eagle County.

A Rifle office was opened five years ago. Chamberlain has been addressing some of the needs of the office in the recent past. Both candidates have said they will address the issues facing the Rifle office.

With a staff of six, this is another office of several within the county that is approaching a crossroads thanks to the surging population to the west.

The county treasurer will need to find a variety of solutions to deal with that growth and keep moving forward.

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