County Clerk Silvia Davis stepping down
July 22, 2005
Silvia Davis, Pitkin County clerk and recorder for the past 19 years, announced her resignation early this week.According to a news release from the county, Davis’ resignation will be effective following the completion of the Nov. 1 election, but no later than Nov. 15. Davis said she wanted to spend more time with her mother, who is ailing.”Overnight, I have found myself in a position of needing an extraordinary amount of time and travel to devote to family health care in the coming few years,” Davis wrote in her resignation letter.Davis began working in Pitkin County’s finance office in 1977 and was elected as the county’s clerk and recorder in 1986. She has handled considerable changes in the election process, including the move to annual consolidated November elections that now include school districts, special districts and municipalities.The information from the county said Davis is known for her commitment to customer service, meticulous attention to detail and “extraordinary organizational skills.”The clerk and recorder is responsible for overseeing operations including elections, motor vehicle registration, recording real estate transactions, liquor licenses, marriage licenses and records management for the Board of County Commissioners. There are no term limits for the position, and Davis’ term would have ended in January 2007.Under the Colorado Constitution, the Board of County Commissioners must fill elected official vacancies for the remainder of the term. Plans are currently under way to begin open recruitment for the position.According to the county, in the past 35 years the county commissioners have filled several vacancies for elected positions. Pitkin County Sheriff Bob Braudis was appointed to replace Michael Kinsley as county commissioner in 1985. County Commissioner Mick Ireland was appointed to replace Fred Crowley in 1993, and in 1995 Leslie Lamont was appointed to replace Bob Child as county commissioner.