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Newly elected county officials take oath

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenJanuary 11, 2011
There's a new sheriff in town. And a new county commissioner.

Longtime lawman Joe DiSalvo and Rustique restaurant owner Rob Ittner took their oaths on the steps of the Pitkin County Courthouse today. They replace Bob Braudis and Patti Clapper, respectively.

In addition to DiSalvo and Ittner, County Commissioner Rachel Richards, Assessor Tom Isaac and Clerk & Recorder Janice Vos-Caudill — all incumbents who went unchallenged in the November election — were also sworn in as public officials by Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely.

Check out GrassRoots TV's footage of this morning's ceremony.

While the official oath-taking was without controversy here, the same can't be said for our neighbors to the south in Saguache County, where some people — including Aspen government transparency activist Marilyn Marks and election watchdogs — claim the county clerk there, Democrat Melinda Myers, is stealing the election.

You can read about the so-called “debacle” in an article I wrote last week for the Colorado Independent. Several complaints have been filed with the Colorado Attorney General's Office, along with 12th Judicial District prosecutors, and new twists and turns in the saga pop up on a daily basis.

Here's the story in a nutshell: The incumbent clerk and commissioner, both Democrats, lost on Election night but after a “re-tabulation” of the votes three days later overturned the results. There were enough improper procedures that the canvass board refuses to certify the election results, casting doubt on the true winners in the clerk and commissioner contests, and the public trustee's ability to collect new taxes.



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