o I view the office of El Paso County Assessor as a highly technical executive position rather than a partisan political position, one who is obligated to ensure fair and equitable assessments and service to everyone in El Paso County. The El Paso County Assessor has a large responsibility. The El Paso County Assessor is accountable for appraising 295,000+ properties with an overall value of $76 billion and certifying values to 294 individual taxing authorities. Qualifications/Experience! The Assessor is the county appraiser, managing a staff of 49 employees, including 21 licensed appraisers. I have served in the Assessor's Office since 1999, and am a current licensed appraiser in the State of Colorado. I hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology, a Master's Degree in Project Management, and an Executive Master's Degree in Business Administration. I've established a relationship with taxpayers and taxing authorities understanding their concerns and expectations.
Growth - As a native since 1975, I've witnessed the growth and changes to El Paso County. Over the past 4 years of my first term I managed the valuation of all property in El Paso County during the growth we have seen in our local market, and have assessed those properties affected by natural disasters. My experience and knowledge of our county and the real estate cycles will be beneficial for continued future valuations. With an improving economy, real estate sales volume has increased along with residential and commercial construction and new subdivisions. All of this has an impact on the assessor's office with increased workloads. I will monitor growth by balancing staffing levels and budget limitations while remaining respectful and receptive to taxpayers. Gallagher Amendment - As Assessor, I am committed to working with the assigned State Legislative Committees in addressing the impacts the Gallagher Amendment has on residential and non-residential property taxation.
El Paso County's budget is the responsibility of our elected Board of County Commissioners; however, it is my opinion that the yearly budget prioritization should be focused on public safety, roads, and transportation. As your current County Assessor, I have not requested any additional monies to my assigned budgets during my first term.
• 1987 Widefield High School
• Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology
• Master's Degree in Project Management
• Executive Master's Degree in Business Administration
• Colorado Licensed Appraiser
Occupation: El Paso County Assessor
The responsibility of the El Paso County Coroner is to investigate all sudden, unexpected, and violent deaths to determine how and why people have died. The role of coroner requires extensive knowledge of the medical, forensic, and autopsy sciences and is critical in ensuring the health and safety of the public, ultimately serving our citizens at their most heartbreaking moments with compassion and professionalism. As a fully licensed medical doctor, board-certified in anatomic, clinical, and forensic pathology with 15 years of medicolegal death investigation experience in this community including over 200 homicide investigations, I am uniquely qualified to carry on this work as the next elected Coroner of El Paso County.
As Colorado’s largest coroner’s office, serving not only our rapidly growing city but much of southern Colorado, the next coroner of El Paso County must have the training, expertise, and qualifications to lead an ever-increasing number and complexity of death investigations. As a board-certified forensic pathologist with nearly 4000 completed autopsies and over 10 years of service to our community as medical examiner, I will continue to lead our highly trained staff of physicians, death investigators, and toxicologists to serve our county as we grow into the next decade. Our next greatest challenge will be to face the continued threats to our citizen’s well-being which includes suicide and substance abuse. I will continue to lead the child fatality review team and expand our work with our amazing community partners in public health to provide them with data to further ensure the wellness and safety of all our citizens.
To adequately perform the duties of the coroner and to maintain office accreditation requires staffing of medicolegal death investigators, toxicologists, and fellowship trained forensic pathologists. These are highly skilled, technical professions requiring advanced degrees that are in high demand throughout the nation. The budget priority for the coroner’s office should be competitive salaries that allow us to recruit and retain these highly skilled and critical professionals in our community. This is accomplished with the continued support of our county commissioners offset by revenue currently generated from performing autopsies or toxicology studies for fee for surrounding counties.
o The Clerk and Recorder’s office of El Paso County is a very hands-on technical decision-making position. Over the past four years, I have used my private sector experience to drive innovation and efficiency in our operations, and to create an election structure that is fair, transparent, accurate and secure. My office has dramatically increase citizen’s access to vote via a greater number of vote centers and 24/7 hour ballot drop boxes.
o During my tenure, our Election Department has been recognized as one of the best in the country with awards from The National Associations of Secretaries of State, The National Association of Counties, and The Election Center and the Election Assistance Center. I am most proud of the award we received from the Election Assistance Center for our voter outreach to the disability community. All of these awards recognized our excellence in election administration and voter engagement.
Cyber-security-As we learned from the 2016 election, there are outside actors that wish to weaken the public’s confidence in our election system. I recently participated in the first election cyber-security event in the country to ensure that our vote cannot be manipulated. With the recent purchase of state-of-the art equipment, our office has been at the forefront to ensure physical and cyber-security threats are eliminated from the voting process. Our tabulation equipment is in a secure and tightly controlled space that is not connected to the internet.
Growth- Answering the demands of 470,000 registered voters and 640,000 motor vehicle and recording customers a year; we strive to be “Not your parents DMV”. Our wait times are under 25 minutes. We added an office at Fort Carson and are the only county in the state that has Saturday office hours and 24/7 kiosks that enable the customer to skip the wait.
El Paso County's budget is the obligation of our elected Board of County Commissioners; however, it is my view that the county’s main concern should be focused on public safety, transportation infrastructure and public health.
• 1980 St. Henry High School, St. Henry, Ohio
• Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management
• Associate Degree In Electro-Mechanical Engineering
• Associate of Science Degree in Electronics Technology
• Nationally Certified Elections/Registration Administrator
• Certified Colorado Election Official
Occupation:El Paso County Clerk and Recorder
I began my career in public service in 1976 working with E&E and Mountain Valley Ambulance Services as a dispatcher and Emergency Medical Technician. My law enforcement career began as a volunteer with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in 1978 and became full time in January 1979. I spent the next 20 years serving under four different Sheriff’s, holding assignments from Dispatcher, Deputy, Sergeant and Lieutenant. From 2010 thru 2014 I served as the Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Fountain. I was elected as the 28th Sheriff of El Paso County in 2015.
Marijuana and the Jail population.
I am not a proponent of legalized marijuana and am a vocal opponent of Amendment 64. I speak in opposition whenever possible. I worked to develop and pass legislation in 2017 restricting home grow plant limits. There are over 550 illegal marijuana grows in El Paso County. Many are conducting business right next to schools, churches, and in private residences in neighborhoods near you.
The jail population has grown from around 1200 inmates per day in 2013 to over 1650 inmates per day presently.
Personnel have been shifted from other Bureaus to the jail in order to provide a safe and secure facility for both staff and inmates. The El Paso County Jail (CJC) is the largest county jail in the State of Colorado, is the ONLY jail in El Paso County and houses some of the most violent and dangerous criminals in the region.
Priorities should be those statutorily required Public Safety duties including maintaining peace and order, provide law enforcement services to unincorporated areas of the County, operate the jail, serve warrants and civil process, coordinate search and rescue, suppress wild land fires and perform other duties as directed by Statute. Renewing our Public Safety Tax cannot be understated. I will not ask the voters to increase the tax at it’s sunset, loss or reduction would have devastating effects on manpower and critical capital projects. Increased populations in our jail must be anticipated, and plans must be in place to ensure future operation.
Criminal Justice Degree with a dissertation in Community Policing; facilitatory with Honolulu Police Department Training Division; Internship with Allegheny Crime Lab; Paralegal/Legal Support Assistant at U.S. Department of Justice; years of experience working in the private sector with prosecutors, lawyers, judges, and law enforcement.
My close relationship with law enforcement personnel has prepared me to be a leader and the Sheriff of El Paso County. I have unique experiences and I can see issues from a different perspective. These experiences have given me the opportunity to think and work outside of the box.
Staffing levels at the jail and the patrol division are critical issue. Currently there is a high turn over rate. The County is training men and women to be deputies and assigning them to work in the jail for several years. I have spoken to several deputies who are not happy with this situation, and several are looking for employment elsewhere. This is costly and not sustainable.
As the Sheriff, I will recruit staff specifically for the jail, and recruit deputies to work in the communities. This will reduce staff turn over and reduce response time in the communities of El Paso County.
The other issue is to eliminate the unethical practice of employees within the Sheriff’s Office contributing to the Sheriff’s campaign. If an employee wants to donate to a campaign, they can contribute to the party of their choice.
The priority should be increasing the number of Deputies in El Paso County. This will be accomplished by replacing the jail staff (trained deputies) with correctional officers who are trained to only work in the jail. The trained deputies working in the jail will then be moved to patrol. This will better protect our communities and reduce the turn over rate.