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found out that Helen Hill, former Adams County Treasurer, passed away May 29, 2021.  Here is a link to her obituary.

My son was born last week on 2/25, and baby and mother are both happy and healthy!  In the current state of things, I figure a little good news might go a long way! 

I received word early Sunday morning that Deb Cooper’s husband Doug had passed.  He had recently been diagnosed with a GBM brain tumor and had been given 3-6 months but the Lord took him home on the 17th.

Lorraine Medina’s sister passed away yesterday.

I wanted to let you know that one of DeeDee Copper’s sisters passed away yesterday due to cancer related issues.

It is with great sadness that I let each of you know that Rio Grande County Treasurer, Cherilyn Rue lost her husband on Friday. I do not have details at this time but wanted you to please lift her up in prayer and kind thoughts.  Thanks!

Sad news. I thought I would let you know that Connie Trujillo from Saguache County, that her father, Lorenzo A. Trujillo, passed away on December 29th. His funeral is scheduled tomorrow, Saturday in Alamosa.

Peg Ackerman passes away at 85 years old.  She was the lobbyist for the Public Trustees and Treasurers for many years.  A memorial service for legendary lobbyist Margaret “Peg” Ackerman will be held at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 3, in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the state Capitol.

My wife, Tammy, passed away suddenly on June 27th after many years of suffering from undiagnosed problems.

Verna Carl Quintana of Montrose passed away Monday, May 13, 2019.  Verna Carl was the Treasurer in Hillsdale County for many years (1974 to 1992 - per Bob Sagel)

I just received some sad news from Virginia in Logan County's treasurer office, that Patty's mom passed away.  The service will be held Tuesday, April 30th, in Sterling.

I am going to be the Treasurer in Mesa County on December 10th. Janice Rich has resigned early to get to work in the Legislature.

The Arapahoe County Treasurer’s Office has been notified that Doug Miliken, former Arapahoe County Treasurer,  passed away last week in Arizona where he was making his home.  A heart attack was suspected but not confirmed.  Doug was Arapahoe County Treasurer from 2007 to 2010.  Services will be in Arizona.  Please remember Doug in your thoughts and prayers.

If you haven't already heard, we have a new Treasurer...Dave Gill.  He was sworn in on Tuesday.


 It is with great sadness that I share that my counterpart and friend in the Public Trustee's Office, Debby Morgan, lost her husband, Grant, on Friday, June 1st. He had a brief and sudden illness last week. 
Please keep Debby, her children, grandchildren and all of the Morgan family in your thoughts and prayers.  If you'd like to mail a card, her mailing address is PO Box 58, LaPorte, CO 80535. 

My brother, Gary, died from an apparent heart attack yesterday.  He was 68.

Herb Anderson, Montrose County Treasurer from 1971-1994 passed away May 16, 2018 at the age of 91.  I understand, from some Treasurer’s that knew Herb when he was in office, that it was the Association’s procedure and then there was Herb’s way!  Herb was a great guy and he continued to come by the office to verify that our clock was keeping correct time for many years.

Shirley Zubal Kancilia, the former Treasurer/Public Trustee, passed away 4/22/18.  She held the position for 20 years from 1983 to 2002.  She was 75 years old.

Bob Campbell's father passed away this past Tuesday.

Diane Holbert's father passed away this weekend.  Please keep Diane and her family in your thoughts and prayers.  If you would like to send a card, Diane and Chris live at:  10138 Severn Lane, Parker, CO 80134.

Longtime Weld County Treasurer Francis "Mike" Loustalet died Tuesday at North Colorado Medical Center. He was 92. Mike worked for the county for more than 40 years, starting as deputy treasurer before serving 28 years as the county's treasurer.  Former colleagues remembered Loustalet as highly capable, knowledgeable and always quick with a smile. A visitation was be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the Allnutt Macy Chapel, 702 13th St. Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Allnutt Macy Chapel. Interment at Linn Grove Cemetery, 1700 Cedar Ave. Memorial contributions may be made to NCMC Foundation in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, 702 13th St., Greeley, Colo. 80631.

Holly McCuistion (the Crowley County Treasurer) lost her 20 year grandson last Saturday in a vehicle accident down in Texas.

For those of you who don't know, Rich passed away last week.  He served as the Boulder County Trustee for over 25 years.

Margaret Chapman's 99 year old mother passed away peacefully yesterday morning.  Please keep Margaret and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

From the obituary for George Forsythe

George P. Forsyth, Colonel USAF Ret, a long-time Boulder resident, died at age 96 on September 20th after a long battle with Parkinsons’.  In 1986, George was elected Boulder County Treasurer and served two terms until 1994. George will be remembered by his family and the many who knew him for the soft spot he always had in his heart for the underdog, for his dedication to his country, his commitment to doing the right thing, his boundless energy and his fighting spirit.  Services for George will be held on Oct.3rd at 10:00 at Sacred Heart of Mary 6739 S. Boulder Rd, Boulder, CO.   Donations in George’s memory may be made to the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at

From the obituary for Marge Alt:

Margaret (Marge) Jean Alt passed away in her home [August 30, 2016]. . . Marge was elected Grand County Treasurer and Public Trustee . . . she served in that office from 1979 to 1993.  During this time, she was elected to positions with the State of Colorado Public Trustees Associaion, and was honored as Outstanding Treasurer at both the Colorado  State and National levels.  A "Celebration of Marge's Life" will be held in Grand Junction . . at a later date. 

Bob Slade passed away in Arizona early this morning.  Bob was the Garfield County Chief Deputy Public Trustee for 14 years and I know that many of us knew Bob and enjoyed working with him.  He had retired with Georgia Chamberlain at the end of 2014 and moved to Arizona with his wife, Andi.

I just heard from Richard Gebhardt that Paul Brown died two days ago.  Funeral will be Wednesday in Grand Junction.  Details aren’t published yet, but should be published soon in the “Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.”   Paul suffered a stroke while attending the Broncos-Pittsburgh game and has been at Anschutz Medical Center here in Denver since then.

Cards and expressions of sympathy may be sent to his wife:
Sue Brown
34671 Pronghorn Drive
Whitewater, CO  81527

Barbara Kaiser, Logan County Treasurer before Patty, passed away March 17th and her funeral is March 23rd at the Catholic church in Sterling @ 10 am.

Padraic Smith from Lake County lost his father this last week.

I have resigned my position with Clear Creek County. This morning Carol Lee from my office was appointed by the commissioners as the new Treasurer and Public Trustee.  She will be sworn in next Tuesday, February 2, 2016,  and I will move on to the next chapter of my life.  You all have been a great “family” and I have become good friends with so many of  you and I know I am going to miss you.  It was an incredible journey and I “Thank”  all of you that were a part of it.  I feel that I am leaving the office in great hands and I know that you all will be a great support system for Carol

I think there are a couple current Treasurer/trustees who were in office when LaVerna  Barnhart  was the Larimer County Public Trustee. She remained very active in our community for many years after her term in office. She passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2015.

I have resigned my position as Eagle County Treasurer effective 12/31/15.  Mari Renzelman, Chief Deputy Treasurer will be appointed to replace me by the Eagle County BOCC.  I know the Treasurers' Association will support Mari as they have supported me.  I thank the Association and all County Treasurers, both past and current for their friendship over the last 20 years.  The CCTA is a great organization and I am proud to have been a part of it.  Thanks for the memories!

Costilla County Treasurer/Public Trustee, Annette Carino's mother passed away on Sunday, September 6th.  For those wishing to send cards her address is : PO Box 234, San Luis CO  81152.

The former Prowers County Treasurer, Clara Weber, passed away yesterday.  Her services will be Friday at 10:00 at the Fairmount Cemetery.  She was the treasurer from 1985 thru 1994.

Monika Todd suffered a massive heart attack two days ago.  
While she was on life support, just a short time ago, she went on to be with God.  Please keep her wonderful family in your prayers.

Cosme Sanchez, Jr. (69) passed away on Sunday March 1st.  He served as county treasurer for over 27 years in Costilla County.  He was a wonderful boss.   Cards may be sent to:  RoseAnn Sanchez, 8622 Willow Street, Commerce City, CO 80022.

Ruth Miller, Michelle’s mother-in-law passed away this morning.

Update the e-mail for Sedgwick County to

Update the email for Pitkin County to

Kerry Carl passed away this morning.  Kerry's services are October 4th at 2 pm at the Lake City Armory.  Flowers may be sent to the Treasurer’s office at the Hinsdale County Courthouse. Kerry’s favorite flower was sweet pea, favorite color purple.

I just wanted to pass this along.  Monika Todd's husband, George, passed away on Monday, May 26, after a short illness.  Some will recall that Monika was the former Mesa County Treasurer.

Monika's contact information is:
Monika Todd
2276 Webster Road
Grand Junction, CO 81503

mail my new email out to the association

Patty Bartlett’s mother-in-law Esther Bartlett passed away Sunday.  Her funeral will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at the Church of the Nazarene in Sterling CO (1600 W Sidney).  Cards may be sent to their home – Mr & Mrs. Charles Bartlett, 13244 County Road 6, Merino CO 80741.

Alta Mae Brown, who retired in 2012 has recently lost two family members.  She lost her sister last month and her brother last week, both due to complications after heart procedures.  Her address for those wanting to send a card is:  Alta Mae Brown  29007 Road 8.5  Las Animas, CO  81054.

Alva May Dunbar, who was Treasurer/PT for Gunnison County from 1982-2002 passed away on January 31st  .  She was 82 years of age.  The family is going to wait for Spring to have a memorial service.

George A. Fix, Yuma County Treasurer and Public Trustee, from 1958 through 1970 passed away on February 6, 2014.  He was 88.  His funeral was this morning.  He and his family own the Yuma County Abstract office in Wray.  I know he was a Past President of the CCTA, serving as President in 1966.

Hello everyone,
       I wanted to let you know that I have submitted my resignation as Treasurer/Public Trustee of Delta County. I have accepted the position of Business Manager at the local school district. I am term-limited next year and this was an opportunity that I could not turn down.  After 23 years as an elected official, this will be quite a change and a new challenge for me.
      I really appreciate the opportunity to get to know all of you and to have served on the CCTA Board. I have recommended to the County Commissioners that they appoint Lisa Tafoya as my replacement. Lisa is already a candidate for next year’s election. She was already planning on attending the seminar in Boulder and is looking forward to meeting those of you who will be there.  I know that you will welcome her into both associations and give her any support she needs. You are a great group of people and the state is lucky to have such quality people willing to serve.
Jim Ventrello, Delta County

Dennis Smith's father passed away Tuesday.  Our sympathies go out to Dennis and his family.

I wanted you to know that Ted Hunt, former El Paso County employee and husband of our past County Treasurer, Sandra Damron, passed away this afternoon. Recently he was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. Services will be held sometime this Spring. Please keep Sandra and her family in your prayers.  Ted's warm personality, love of life and his wife Sandra, good humor and musical talent will be greatly missed. 
If you'd like to send her a card, mail to Sandra Damron, 3407 Valley Hi Avenue, CS 80910 or email<>.
Sallie Clark, El Paso County Commissioner District 3

Just wanted to let you know that Sherry Dyess has just undergone open heart surgery on Tuesday. As of yesterday, she was recovering well. She will probably go home on Saturday or Sunday.  She is at Presbyterian Hospital on Central Avenue in Albuquerque NM.  Please send Best Wishes Cards and Hugs.

Bob Campbell’s Mom passed away last week in AZ.  If you want to send a card it can be sent either by email to or to our office at PO Box 367, Cripple Creek CO  80813.

Former Jefferson County Treasurer (1991-2002) Bob Bammerlin passed away on December 6, 2012. His memorial service will be at Green Mountain United Methodist Church , 12755 W. Cedar Dr. Lakewood, Co.  303-989-3727  on Friday, December 14, at 1:30 PM.  followed with a reception in the Fellowship Hall at the church. Burial will be at Ft. Logan.

Craig Trautwein who served as Morgan County Treasurer in 2001 and 2002 passed away at his home on October 20, 2012.  Memorial Services will be Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of our Redeemer in Fort Morgan. Memorial gifts may be made to the Lutheran Church of our Redeemer or the Organ Donor Alliance.  Cards may be sent to 10328 Hwy 52, Wiggins, CO 80654.

I just wanted to let the Association know that Mary Lou Rose’s husband Kenneth died on May 8th.  There will be receiving of family and friends on Sunday May 13 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  at the Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home(427 Adams St) and there will be a graveside service  & interment on Monday May 14th at Grandview Cemetery in Wray at 11:00 a.m.
Mary Lou was the Treasurer in Yuma County from 1986-2002 and was the deputy for 16 years before that.  Please keep Mary Lou and her family in your prayers.  For anyone wishing to send a card Mary Lou’s address is:32510 County Road 22 Wray CO 80758.

The previous Sedgwick County Treasurer,  Ruth Schweitzer passed away this morning.  Ruth’s funeral is going to be Monday, March 5th at 10:30 at the Julesburg Mennonite Church. 


Hi Bob,  Just want to let you know to send all the association mail and the questions and answers to Peggy Fritz from now on.  We know that Peggy will be the appointed Treasurer/PT for Bent County.   Peggy will be going to Eastern Division, I wish I could come too so I could introduce her to everyone.  The reason I can't is we live in a mad house down here with all the oil leasing going on.  Just so you know my last day will be April the 30th.  I guess I need one more really hectic day before I can retire.  I know I'm going to really realllllly miss all you guys.  Alta Mae

Sharon Jones funeral will be on Thursday, 2/2/12 at 1 pm, at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church,  2746  Fifth St., Castle Rock, CO  80104.  Burial at Cedar Hill Cemetary on Wolfensberger and Red Hawk.  Reception St. Francis of Assisi Church 4 pm.  Vigil will be at 11am on Weds at St. Francis of Assisi Church.  Viewing will be after vigil until 10 pm on Wed. Feb 1st.

For cards and Memoriam
Dub Jones
11435 Brownstone Dr.
Parker, Co  80138
Memorial to WomenAid of Douglas County and contact is Donna Scott or Sharon Kollmar.

Jim Ventrello’s mother passed away Sunday night.  The funeral is scheduled for Friday.  Cards may be sent to Jim’s office:
   501 Palmer St, Suite 202
   Delta, CO 81416

I wanted to let everyone know that Jan Stout’s husband, Jim, passed away yesterday.  Cards for Jan may be send to P O Box 222, Norwood, CO 81423.

I wanted to let you all know that Vira Forrest, the Treasurer/Public Trustee before me, passed away Saturday evening.  Butch and Carla Forrest, her son and daughter-in-law’s address is 841 Roosevelt, Springfield, CO  8l073.  Her service will be on Thursday.

I ask that you all please keep Sharon Jones in prayer.  Her cancer has returned virulently.

Lorraine Medina's, Deputy Treasurer (former Costilla Co Treasurer) son passed away.  Please keep her & her family in your prayers.
Thank You, Annette Carino

Lois [Widhalm] had back surgery Monday afternoon.  I saw her last night and she is doing quite well. She probably will head for home today with her husband, Paul, but she has a long road ahead of her for recovery.  Luckily she has a good deputy in Jurice.
Sue Church, GTS Project Consultant

Just wanted to let everyone know that I have resigned as the Lake County Treasurer/Public Trustee effective April 29, 2011.  Due to current health issues it is in my best interest to resign and take care of myself.  For those of you who helped me out through the years, I want to thank you.  I wish all of you the best and I have enjoyed my tenure as the treasurer.
Best of luck to all of you.
Tina Tekansik

I am sorry to be the bearer of sad news but I received an email this morning from Debby [Morgan].  Her mother passed away on Saturday.

Just a note to let everyone know that the rehab hospital is kicking me out 5 days early!  They said I would be ready to go home - but will have another month of PT at Holyoke Hospital couple times a week as outpatient.  Thanks again for the beautiful flowers, cards, gifts, phone calls and personal visits!

Linda Statz had knee replacement surgery on Monday and is in Rehab for 2 weeks. I’m sure she would enjoy emails at her office email-she has a lap top with her, or cards can be sent to the following address:
     Northern Colorado Rehab Hospital
     Linda Statz room 411
     4401 Union St
     Johnstown, Co 80534

Georgia’s brother-in-law was killed in an automobile accident in Texas Friday evening.  She is now in San Antonio with her family.

Helen Phillips called to say that Bruce Gillis, (husband of Roberta Gillis, ex Public Trustee of Arapahoe County) died on Friday.

Looks like CML has some good information on the ballot initiatives – it’s worth looking at:

Thank you for letting us know, so we know how to pray for them (DeeAnn & Vira).  I would also like to ask for prayer for my 33 year old son-in-law, James Cortes, as we just found out that he has esophagus cancer.  He is going back in tomorrow for more tests to see what stage it is in.  We know that prayer is so important and I appreciate it if you would pray for him.  Thank you.

DeeAnn’s cousin told me this morning that DeeAnn’s dad has had a severe heart attack followed by a stroke.  DeeAnn and her brothers are at the Loredo Texas Hospital with him.  The stroke has caused bleeding on the brain. 

My son told me Vi Forrest is taking treatments for pancreatic cancer. 

You can contact Linda for Vi's address and phone number-Bob.

Please let everyone know that my email address has changed to:
Thanks, Janie

Wanda Lowery's father, Pat Schultz, age 95, lived alone until last week when he went to the hospital and passed away early Saturday morning.  The funeral will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Lutheran Church in Julesburg. 

George Hilgendorf passed away Feb 15th. He was County Treasurer in Boulder for 4 years.  I've attached the link to Boulder Daily Camera Obituaries.

Ralph Statz, Linda’s husband passed away on Saturday morning after a lengthy heart condition.  Memorial Services will be Sunday, October 11, 2009.  Memorial Contributions may be made to the F&H Golf Course, 43355 CR 30, Haxtun, Colorado, 80731.  Our thought and prayers are with Linda and her family.

Sandy Berry’s mother passed away this week.  The funeral is Saturday.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Sandy and her family.

Our county recently changed internet servers.  My new email address is:

Del Olivas was appointed Pueblo County treasurer on April 28, 2009.  We want to welcome Del into our Association and send best wishes to Aurelio Sisneros on his retirement. 

My new email address is  You may also use

My new e-mail address is

Faye Griffin was sworn yesterday as our newest county Commissioner.  As such a new Treasurer was appointed yesterday for Jefferson County.  His name is Tim Kauffman and his phone number is 303-271-8337 and his email is .

Would you please put another e-mail address out for me.  My other one got deleted and they are working on putting it back in.  My alternate e-mail address is

      I would like to update you on some changes in Las Animas County.  On November 3, 2008, Anthony retired as County Treasurer and Public Trustee.  
     Donna Leonetti has been appointed as County Treasurer and Public Trustee.  I, Stephanie Martinez, have been appointed as Deputy Public Trustee.
     Here is the new email address for the Las Animas County Treasurer:

Our new e-mail addresses are:

for Public Trustee Lorraine and Annette only, we will no longer be using Centurytel.

Please update your records with the following change of email address for Jackson County:
Jamie Crocket
Jackson County Treasurer and Public Trustee

Dear County Officials:
     This letter is a follow-up to the previous communication regarding the closure of the Denver Area Service Center.  I want to provide you with an update on the changes in our organization that directly impact your interaction with First American. Effective July 28th, the Denver & Dallas Area Service Center consolidation will be complete. While First American will no longer have a physical office in Denver, the majority of the Denver ASC personnel are still in place to meet your needs.  To better service requests for minor payment issues, tax id errors and mortgage company issues, we ask that you direct inquiries to the combined Client Relations Team at the following email address:
 .  The address, phone, & fax information for these types of inquires will be:

First American Real Estate Tax Service
Attn: Dallas Area Service Center Client Relations Team
1 First American Way, DFW 4-5
, TX  76262
Toll Free Phone 800-225-4707
Toll Free Fax 800-451-6091

      I will remain your primary contact, for the larger issues, automated file exchange, etc.  I will be working in a home-office arrangement, as of July 28th, and you can reach me via the following contact information:

E-Fax: 817-826-1395
Local Phone Number: 303-632-7419
Toll Free Phone: 866-640-8457.

Below are some important addresses that have not changed:

All tax bills & listings, for the remittance of payments, should still be mailed to, unless otherwise noted on the letter sent with the request:

First American Real Estate Tax Service
Escrow Reporting Dept DFW 4-3
1 First American Way
, TX 76262

All refunds should continue to be directed to:

Refund Dept - FA
First American R/E Tax Service
PO Box 961250
Ft. Worth, TX 76161-0250

      As always, please contact me for any questions or problems that arise.  My job is to make sure each tax collection cycle goes as smoothly & efficiently as possible, in order to meet the needs of everyone involved.  Thank you for your cooperation and assistance in this matter. It is, and always will be, a pleasure working with you.

Gene Gowens, Agency Relations/Automation Specialist

Just so you know I lost my Mother on June 12th. She was 91 years old. So I have been in Texas. 

[On behalf of the Treasurers' Association, I want to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family. - Bob]
Thank you, Bob and the Treasurer's Association. It warms my heart to know I still have friends in the Association. Please let me hear from you now and then. I know you stay busy with work.

Dear County Officials:
     As First American continues to expand the array of services we offer, our Board of Directors has determined that it is in the best interest of the information services companies to operate separately from the title and insurance companies.  By the end of 2008 the title & insurance companies will spin off into a new organization, but will continue to carry the “First American” name and eagle logo.
     First American Real Estate Tax Service, along with the other remaining information services companies will take on a fresh company name, logo, & email addresses.  As naming decisions and changes occur, you will receive additional communications informing you of all the changes.
     Additionally, First American has reached the difficult conclusion that some of our field offices are no longer needed or cost effective.  We will be consolidating operations and processes to better serve the needs of our customers, which include all county officials.  Unfortunately, one of the offices selected for consolidation is the Denver Service Center.  We are in the process of rolling our operations into our Dallas Area Service Center.  Many, if not all of the associates you have developed relationships with, over the past many years, will continue to function in their present roles, while working from a home office arrangement.  This will include me, as your Agency Relations point of contact.  I will be sending a follow-up letter to provide additional details such as address & contact information as the process moves along. 
As always, please contact me for any questions or problems that arise.  Thank you. It is, and always will be, a pleasure working with you.
Gene Gowens, Agency Relations/Automation Specialist, 800-899-4829 Ext 6790

My shoulder surgery went well.  Thank you for the flowers and cards.

Links to the foreclosure training videos taken in Brighton last November are on the Public Trustee General Information page.

I have an new email address.  It's 

First a thank you for everyone’s prayers. 

I returned this am from touring the county with the Assessor, Building Inspector and Health Dept. This fire took a bizarre path, destroying and sparing at random. I truly thank God I was one spared. We viewed over 25 homes and a multitude of outbuildings that are smoldering ashes. That may not sound like many, but this is a small county and it is significant. Grass land, vast acres of it burned, then skipped and burned again. Power poles and trees were dangerously dangling. As devastating as it is, it could have been much worse.

Thanks is a small word for the various counties fire departments that helped as well as the various agencies sent in to assist.

We were without power and anticipated being without for days. Amazingly, we had power in some areas the next day. Several power companies came replacing poles and lines and work day and night. There is much to be done, but much is being done almost non stop.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Conference.

My new email address is

Gov. Bill Ritter today named Thomas S. Mowle of Colorado Springs as the new El Paso County public trustee. The public trustee is appointed to a four-year term to process documents pertaining to foreclosures, deeds of trust and release of deeds of trust.

Mowle, 42, is a recently retired U.S. Air Force major who served time in Baghdad and was a professor of political science at the Air Force Academy. He is the current chairman of the Athletics Subcommittee of the Academy District 20 Transportation Task Force and is a member of the Colorado Springs World Affairs Council.

He earned a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and a B.A. in government, both from the University of Notre Dame; a master’s degree in international affairs from the University of Dayton; and a Ph.D in political science from Ohio State University.

Sandy Wilkins, former Treasurer of Chaffee County passed away last evening after a courageous battle with cancer.

Her family address is Lloyd Wilkins 1108 J Street, Salida, CO 81201 Mailing address is PO Box 782, Salida, CO 81201

Patricia Thompson has resigned as Public Trustee of El Paso County.  Until a new appointment is made, Carol Snyder will serve as the interim Public Trustee for that county as well as maintaining her position as Adams County Public Trustee.  She would like to receive any emails at both her current Adams County email address and also her temporary new one at El Paso County,

To:  Colorado County Treasurer’s:  
    The following information may help with problems you are having with ACH/EFT payments being unidentifiable.  We will be posting this information on our website in the near future.
    Please call anytime with questions and I will be happy to help.  If possible please forward this information to your accounting staff, school districts, and cities within your county.   

  • Dept of Revenue Payments

  • Federal Payments (from the Federal Government)    and> 

  • CDOT Payments – 303-757-9996

Colorado State Treasury;

  • HUTF payments and Federal Funds Distributions website at --  (Transfers & Cashiers)

  • EFT Authorization Form are located at this link -- <  for payments received by the Colorado State Treasury. This form is also used for any changes with the Colorado State Treasurers Office.

Payments from the Colorado State Treasurer’s office via EFT would read as follows (in the CAPITAL LETTERS): 

  • Highway User’s - HUTF

  • Mineral Lease - MNRL LEASE

  • Flood Control  - FLD CNTRL

  • Taylor Grazing - TAYLOR GRZ

  • Sale of Land & Material - SALE LNMAT

  • National Forest - NATL FORST

  • Senior Property Tax  - SENIORPROP

  • Deferred Property Tax  - DEF PROP

Cindy Johnson
Colo State Treasury
140 State Capitol
Denver, CO  80203
desk #303-866-4948
fax #303-866-2123

My new email address is

My new email address is

Patty Bartlett’s deputy just called to let me know that her father Marcus Gertner passed away suddenly this afternoon in Sterling.

The former Mineral County Treasurer Dick Kolisch passed away yesterday morning.  Dick has been very ill these past 10 years. He was Treasurer for 12 years.

Lois Lipker, the former Phillips County Treasurer, passed away yesterday in Fort Collins.  Her funeral will be held at the Lutheran Church in Holyoke (east of court house couple blocks) at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12.   Son Roger Lipker’s address is 5044 4th St, Boulder, CO  80304-4755 and daughter Barbara Koontz’s address is 2703 High Plains Ct, Fort Collins, CO  80526-6501.

The new email address for Gunnison County Treasurer and Public Trustee is

The Pueblo County Public Trustee has moved to 1848 Vinewood, Pueblo, Co. 81005.  All other information remains the same.

Anthony Abeyta in Las Animas County has a new email address, 

Just a quick note to let you know I'm back in the saddle again.  I had a minor heart attack last weekend.  They ran a scope and found a partial blockage.  I now have a stent and a vested interest in the aspirin industry, but I feel pretty good.

Thanks for all the cards and well wishes.  It's great to have such good friends.


I want to thank the Treasurers and Public Trustees for the beautiful flowers, and all of the cards and prayers.
I am doing really well. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 23. I had a bilateral mastectomy on April 12th. I am really lucky that it was caught early. I did get a staff infection, but it improves every day. I went up for a PET scan last week and it showed no other cancer. My test for reoccurance of breast cancer was good too, so I don't have to have chemotherapy or radiation, but I will have to take a drug called Arimidex for the next five years.
I really feel lucky and very blessed.
Thank you all for all of the support. You are truly a wonderful Association. And I appreciate
all of you so much.
Love, Patti
I failed to mention in my note how much I appreciate Peggy Kern from Rio Grande County.
She came up to help me in my office while I was recovering from my surgery. I couldn't have managed without her. I am the only one in my office, so I would have been so far behind if it hadn't been for Peggy. What a wonderful friend she is.

I don't know if you all heard about Patti Payne from Mineral  County.  She had some surgery and they are checking her  blood. I last spoke to her on Friday the 27th of April.  She is  at home recovering.
I thought if she received cards of encouragement, it would  be helpful.

I just heard that Rich Gebhart is undergoing surgery this afternoon to remove some possible blood clots.  He is at the Boulder Community Hospital in Room 244 if anyone wants to send a card.

Jim Covington's mother passed away last Friday.  Our sincerest condolences to Jim and his family.

The organization of the Western Division is very similar to the other divisions.  Everyone is welcome to join ( I hope all of you will) and paid members do not have to pay for food or meetings, only for lodging. Our first meeting is tentatively scheduled for August 2nd and 3rd, 2007 (when the peaches are perfectly ripe!!!).  We will start with lunch on Thursday, we will have dinner on Thursday evening, and will end the meeting with lunch on Friday. I will let you know the confirmed  dates as soon as I have room rates.
The annual membership fee is $75.00, payable to:
 CCTA - Western Division 
c/o Monika Todd
Mesa County Treasurer
P.O. Box 20000
Grand Junction, CO  81502-5027.  
Paul Brown, our newly appointed Public Trustee,  and I will try to make it an informative and fun-filled event.  We are looking forward to your joining the Western Division and welcoming  you to our first  Western Div. meeting.        

Gary’s Dad (Alynn's Father-In-Law) passed away Tuesday the 27.  It was his 88th birthday

Washington County Treasurer & Public Trustee Becky Alexander passed away Saturday.  More information will be coming as soon as we know.  Our prayers go out to her family and office staff.  Her home address is 401 Dade St, Otis, CO  80743.

I am sorry to tell you that Ramona Radcliff just died this afternoon. She died in her home, and died in her sleep peacefully.

My new email address is

I have a new e-mail:

Please join me in welcoming Kim Pfeifer as the acting Treasurer and Public Trustee for the City and County of Broomfield.   Kim has 27 years in the Treasurer's environment.  Kim has been a great "Chief Deputy" and I know she will do a great job for Broomfield.  She did have an opportunity to meet a lot of you when Broomfield hosted the conference, but I know you will all make her feel welcome as you did me.  I am proud to pass the baton to such a worthy successor!    Happy New Year all. 

Karen asked me to forward this when it was available to share with the associations.  Please forward it with my sincere thanks for the opportunity to work with all the treasurers and public trustees.

Ritter selected Broomfield Revenue Manager Roxanne Huber to serve as executive director of the Colorado Department of Revenue.

Georgia lost her father over the weekend.  He was 95 and was briefly hospitalized for pneumonia.  She is in San Antonio this week with her mother and other family and is expected back in the office on the 8th

Bob Slade
Garfield County
Chief Deputy Public Trustee

The Seminar dates for 2007 have been changed to October 22 through October 26. 

Let everyone know that Gerri Thompson passed away today.  John Lough called but didn't know any details.

This is my new E-mail address:

Leola Harris, a bankruptcy expert formerly employed by the City and County of Denver, made a bankruptcy presentation at the Eastern Division held in Limon on September 14, 2006.  She graciously granted permission to duplicate the notebook she handed out to participants on our web site.  It can be found under General Info or by clicking here.

Here is the PowerPoint Presentation I used at the summer Conference.  Feel free to copy all or any portion.  HB 1387 Presentation

Geri Thompson is in the hospital with numerous issues. If you would like to send her cards she is at:

Lutheran Medical Center, 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheatridge, CO 80033.

We do not have a room number as they were going to move her to a new room.

Mesa State College needs a Course Syllabus from every presenter at a CCTA/CPTA function in order for them to give proper credit for the Certification program. 

The Metro Division will be having its Summer meeting on Friday, August 18, 2006.  The site is the Heritage Eagle Bend Golf & Country Club, 23155 East Heritage Parkway, Aurora, CO (just off E-470 south on the Gartrell Road exit).  A training session will be held at 10:00 - 11:15 AM on Colorado Statutes that allow the write-off of uncollectable taxes.  Bring your staff.  The luncheon will begin at 11:30 with a social time and noon for the luncheon.  Our speaker will be Mike Coffman speaking on his tour of duty in Iraq.
Registration forms, a map and further information will be supplied in late June or early July. 
Ken Sigley
for John Lefebvre
Adams County Treasurer

Mel & Doris Porth are having a 50th anniversary party in Westcliffe on Sun.

June 11th, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. at the All Aboard Westcliffe Engine House, 110 Rosita Ave. Hope some of you can attend. Doris

Dear CCTA and CCPTA members,
You may have sent a card, said a prayer, or called, but you took time out of your busy day to send your condolences on the passing of my Father. You all are so special and I appreciate you so much. And then there were the flower arrangements, they were just beautiful.
Thanks to a wonderful group of caring people.
Lynne Bauer
Crowley County

I just received a call from Liz, Lynne Bauer’s deputy in Crowley County.  Lynne’s father passed away last night. 

Cards may be sent to her home address:
    503 Reeves Dr.
    Ordway, CO 81063


I just telephoned Traves.  She said she is able to walk without problems as her injuries were to her upper body.  Both of them dislocated their left shoulders.  Traves can use her left arm but it is weak.  Derall cannot use his and they are going to have his rotator cuff checked Friday for possible surgery.  Derall has to wear a hard “turtle” back brace to walk with crutches but they didn’t think he would ever walk with his spinal damage.  She goes to physical therapy twice a week and Derall three times a week.  They have to have help as she cannot put Derall’s back brace on him.  Their children are taking turns staying with them.  Traves sounded very good and she hopes they can make the summer conference!

 It was good to visit with her.  She also said they have had 36 “key” county employees quit, hired an in-house attorney and a new administrator. 


My husband's father passed away on Thursday evening (suddenly and unexpected). For those of you who know him or may have County Commissioner's who know him, can you please pass this on.

If you would like to send a card of sympathy, please send it to Wayne Williams, 3472 Research Parkway, Suite 104, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. He will not be home until mid-April, but I am sure that this whole thing will hit him really hard at that point and he could use some support.

Thank you, Holly Williams

Travis and Derall have been moved to the Jim Thorpe Rehab Center, 4219 South Western, Oklahoma City, OK  73109, Room 5234.  Travis is doing a little better, Derall I guess is still not mobile and his lung has a 50% collapse.  It will be a while before going home.  Will let you know when I hear more.

In case any of you are unaware, Travis and Derall were in an accident in Oklahoma on Monday the 20th.  They had gone back to Oklahoma to move some things out of a house they had sold.  They pulled the trailer onto the highway to go to the storage area when they hit an icy spot and rolled their truck 2 3/4 times.  They were trapped in their truck and I guess it was a long time before they could get Darrell out.  They are both in critical condition and in ICU at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City.  So far as we know they both have broken ribs, punctured lungs, many cuts, Travis has 17 staples in her head, Derall has a broken collar bone and fractured vertebrae and both of them may have more wrong but they cannot do an MRI because of their condition.  Right now they are well sedated.  You can send cards to their daughter Judy Blakley, 17907 W. Hwy 66, Calumet, OK, 73014.  I will keep everyone posted as I get information.  Her office has been inundated with calls so I am trying to help alleviate some of them.  Please keep them in your prayers.

I want to thank everyone for the flowers, cards, emails and phone calls following the passing of my mother.  Tammy and I and our entire family greatly appreciated them.


Mesa County Finance Department, Exempt, Hiring Range: $4538.18 to $5218.91/month, DOQ

Position takes the lead in developing and managing the budget for all of Mesa County. Works with all departments and the BOCC regarding the budget and changes.

Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university in accounting, finance, business administration, or a related field; preferred MPA, MBA, or Master's in Finance and one year required internship/residency; four to five years of progressively responsible related professional experience; Certified Public Accountant desirable.

To apply, submit a County application to: Mesa CO HR/Personnel, PO Box 20000-5021 or 544 Rood Ave, Grand Jct. CO 81501 by 5:00 PM on Friday, 1/27/06. ADA/EOE.

I thought that some might be interested in the CGFOA newsletter.  It also has the membership application attached:  Also, the link for the CGFOA is:

The new Treasurer in Alamosa County is Lois Widhalm.  Her e-mail is and website of  She is a very gracious and knowledgeable lady.  She has not worked in the Treasurer's Office before, but has 30 years experience working in the Education Department at Adams State College.  She's learning the "ropes" quickly and doing a very good job.

Ramona has a new email address.  It is

Aurelio Sisneros' son Adrian, died.  The paper said it was unexpectedly but he was a cancer survivor.  He was only 39 years old.  The funeral home is the Romero Chapel with the Funeral Mass at 2:00pm on Friday at St. Pius Church.  Aurelio's office address is:
    Aurelio Sisneros
    Pueblo County Treasurer
    P O Box 953
    Pueblo, CO 81002

My wife, Tammy, had a mild heart attack over the weekend.  She had a stent inserted and is doing very well but she's already tired of sitting around doing nothing.

All of you had just received a reminder of the dinner theatre opportunity being planned for December 2 for the Metro meeting yesterday. We just received word this morning that Pinnacle Dinner Theatre has gone out of business and will not be doing the December 2 show.  Fortunately we had not given them a deposit.
We are frantically trying to find something compable to enjoy.  We will let you know as soon as we have anything definite.
Ken Sigley
for John Lefebvre, Adams County Treasurer
Metro District Chairman

Bob Gibson, our Director of Financial Management, has asked to have a request posted to the website.   I would be most appreciative if you would post this:

The City and County of Denver is undertaking a study and would like to know which counties accept credit card payments for tax payments, including internet revenue collection of taxes.  If your agency accepts credit card payments for property, sales, excise, and/or other forms of tax payments, we would appreciate having a contact person be identified with their e-mail address and phone number so we can follow up with some research we are undertaking.  If your county accepts such payments, please either e-mail or call 720-865-7116 and ask for either Bob Gibson or Caroline Hendrickson.  Thank you for your assistance with our research.

Linda Herzog
City & County of Denver
Treasury Division

To all Colorado County Public Trustees and Treasurers,

I would just like to thank all of you for your support, thoughts and prayers as I go through this trying time.  I greatly appreciate the card and the flowers sent.

Thanks again,

I  have a new e-mail address and it is:

Jim & Rhonda's daughter is having a tough time with her chemo.  Could we arrange a card shower for her?  The address is:

Tara Nichols
1606 Gifford Dr
Longmont, CO  80501

You may have heard - I am retiring as of August 31.  It has been interesting for the past 20 years in Public Trustee (25 with the City).  Give my goodbyes to everyone.  I will miss all of you.

(We will miss you too, Anita.  Best wishes and enjoy your retirement.)

Please be advised the e-mail address for the Dolores County
Treasurer has been changed.  The new address is as follows:

 I would like to thank everyone who has asked about and said prayers for my daughter Tara.  She had surgery on Monday and the surgeon felt very good about there not being any further cancer.  We should know more by late this afternoon or tomorrow what the pathology report says.  She is doing good and getting adjusted to not having  a part of herself.  Her address is Tara Nichols, PSL, Room 515, 1719 East 19th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218.

Your prayers and thoughts are deeply appreciated.


Starting at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 19, 2005, the Metro Area Treasurers division of CCTA will host a debate on the hottest topic for the fall elections - Referendum C&D.  Kicking off the luncheon meeting will be Andrew Romanoff, the new Speaker of the Colorado House.  Mr. Romanoff will give use 15 minutes of why we should support this measure.  Mr. Mitchell will follow with 15 minutes of why we shouldn’t support the measure.  This will be followed by a question and answer period. 

These are the two best speakers in the state on these issues.  This is the biggest statewide issue facing voters this fall and this is our best opportunity to hear both sides of the issue. 

The luncheon event is free for CCTA Metro Association members and $25 for nonmembers.

 Fill out your registration form and mail to: John Lefebvre, Adams County Treasurer, 450 4th Ave., Brighton CO 80601.  It must be received no later than August 12, 2005.

Hi there,

 It is with great pleasure that I am proud to announce the new treasurer for Rio Blanco County.  The County Commissioners finally got around to appointing my deputy, Karen Arnold as the new treasurer.  She will take the oath of office tomorrow, July 7 at 5:01 PM.

 It is still with mixed emotions that I will start the next phase of my life.  It looks like a camping trip tomorrow after Karen is sworn in is my first item of business.  I will miss all of you.  Thanks to all who have sent cards and flowers and those that were able to make my retirement party.  You are all great people and great leaders.  God bless you all.

 Jo Ann Findlay

The Discussion Forum is back.  You can use this to post questions and answers without sending them to the Webmaster.  Check it out.

Hi, Bob: My new e-mail address is: Since you have such a great distribution list to the counties, could you please send this out. Thanks so much. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Cortez. Monika

Hi Sandy and Bob,

I need to let you know that I will not be able to make the summer conference. My wife had a grand mal seizure last week. As a result of the seizure, she passed out, fell and suffered a head injury. She is out of the hospital now, but suffering from memory loss and several other head injury related issues. She also can not drive for 3-6 months at this time. I am not able to get too far away for any extended period of time. Wanted to let you both know--for planning and meeting purposes. Though it is bad, it could have been much worse. Thanks, Jim

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife, Jim.

Wanda Lowery has been having some genetic heart problems and was flown out Flight for Life Friday.  Her heart is not pumping at normal strength and has had blood clots which they think they now have under control with medication.   She was home Sunday and worked half a day this morning.

The eBusiness committee met on Friday May 6, 2005 and approved the two release forms and instructions. 
(Webmaster Note: These new forms are listed on the CPTA Forms page.)

Property Records Education Partners (PREP)
It is the Industry that Binds us-it is the Partnership that Unites us. What would happen if we all worked together to address industry-related issues? Mark Monacelli, PRIA President St. Louis County MN Recorder

What is the PREP?
In an effort to improve local industry working relationships, the Property Records Education Partners (PREP) was formed through an alliance between:

American Land Title Association (ALTA)
American Escrow Association (AEA)
International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials & Treasurers (IACREOT)
National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials & Clerks (NACRC)

At the request of the Alliance, the Property Records Industry Association (PRIA) recently approved structuring PREP as an official PRIA Work Group. This structure provides a long-term, stable foundation for PREP, with enhanced coordination and support for PREP Chapters.

Why was PREP formed*what is its mission, purpose and objective?
Through surveys and studies, industry leaders recognized the need* and desire*for improved communication at the local level. A structured forum was needed to improve local relationships. That forum is now available through creation of local PREP Chapters.

By participating in a PREP Chapter, you have the opportunity to discuss industry issues and find solutions to problems at the local level. By networking nationally through PRIA, PREP Chapter participants will become better informed about industry issues and enjoy a stronger voice when addressing federal legislation, electronic recording and standardization concerns.

How do we start a PREP Chapter in our area?
We will help you organize a PREP Chapter in your area. Recorders, title companies, escrow agents, lenders, underwriters, vendors*all sectors of the industry are invited to participate. PREP Chapters do not have membership dues, and each chapter determines its leadership, meeting schedule and agendas. PREP operating rules (below) provide additional details.

For more information, contact Ardis Schmitt, PREP National Coordinator, for information at or by telephone at 719-550-1708. To receive emails about the Colorado Charter Chapter of PREP, send your email address to Angela Dazlich, Larimer County Public Trustee, at

My new email address is 

The Public Trustee's Legislative Committee will be meeting in Brighton on May 12, 2005.  We will be discussing the proposed rewrite of the foreclosure statutes.  A draft will be sent to all PT's prior to Summer Conference so the discussion on PT day will be fruitful.  If you would like to attend, let me know.

On April 13th, Linda Statz mailed Continuing Education forms to those who attended the March Eastern Division meeting in Colorado Springs.  If you need one and do not receive, please contact Linda.

I am planning on retiring in July and trying to have some fun. My bout with cancer two years ago made me do some serious thinking. Insurance needs kept me here though. Then in January my husband became ill with acute pancreatitus. He spent two weeks in critical care in St Mary's Hospital and then had gall bladder surgery and spent another week in the regular hospital part. He is recuperating but still hasn't gained back his strength. He didn't have anything to eat or drink for 3 weeks. He was happy to lose 3l pounds but not that way. Now he is diabetic and having to check his blood frequently. He is another good reason to retire so we can travel while we are still able to.

I am not planning on going to the June conference. We are in the process of moving to Grand Junction and have lots of things to do. I was not intending this to be a goodbye but I will say that I have enjoyed the Treasurer's Assn and all the fine people in it. I will miss all of you and appreciate all of the good people there. I don't know what new treasurers would do without the knowledge and willingness to help by everyone in the Association. Best wishes to all of you.

 Jo Ann

Remember that scholarship appications are due by April 15th.  The information sheet and scholarship application are available online under the scholarship committee tab.  Let me know if you have any questions or problems getting the information. See you all soon!!!

We need to have our final count of attendees for the March 23rd Metro Meeting at the Bear Dance Golf Club by the end of the day of March 17th.
If you have put off registering, please let me hear from you by this Thursday.  Prior e-mails give the time, location and agenda.
You can fax me the registration (303) 654-6160, or call me (303) 6564-6376 or e-mail me at
We would love to have you come.  Speaker topic is "The Use and Abuse of Tax Increment Financing" or, "How the County and the State Get Ripped Off", an important topic now and even more so in the future.
If you decide at the last minute that you would like to attend, please come, as the caterer is preparing for more than the number we supply to them on Friday, the 18th.
Ken Sigley
Adams County Treasurer's Office

I have my first granddaughter, Kayley Lynn Sagel.  She was born 2/5/05 and weighed 7 lbs, 6 oz.  She and her mother are doing fine and Tammy is on Cloud 9.


Metro meeting will be held at the BEAR DANCE GOLF CLUB IN CASTLE ROCK.
Social time is at 11:30 AM with the luncheon at noon.
Main speaker is yet to be finalized.
We will also have a legislative report.
As usual, metro dues cover costs of the meal and guests will have a $ 25.00 charge.
Registration forms will be sent shortly with further information regarding food, speaker, etc.
Registration will be done through Adams County Treasurer's Office by Ken Sigley.
Lodging if desired can be done directly with Best Western Inn and Suites of Castle Rock, (303) 814-8800.  Mention CCTA/CPTA to obtain special rates.

Directions to Bear Dance:

From Denver: Take Interstate 25 south to Castle Rock exit 181. Turn right and proceed south on the frontage road for approximately 5 miles. Turn right at Tomah Rd (at railroad crossing). The next left onto Bear Dance Rd., and proceed 3 miles, to the clubhouse. You will see the clubhouse on the left side of the road directly after you have gone around the "round about" turn. (Do not confuse the entry to the clubhouse with the gated Bear Dance Village entrances.)

From Colorado Springs: Take Interstate 25 north to exit 174. Turn left and proceed west over the Interstate. Turn right on the frontage road and proceed north approximately 1.5 miles. Turn left at Tomah Rd. Turn left at Bear Dance Rd., and proceed 3 miles to the clubhouse (see above).

Carole Murray (Douglas County Clerk & Recorder) and Jack Arrowsmith (Douglas County Public Trustee) cordially invite you to a "eBusiness Summit" in Douglas County.  February 24th (Thursday) will be dedicated to issues for Clerks and Recorders and February 25th (Friday) will be dedicated to Public Trustees.

We are pleased to announce our Key Note Speaker: Carmen Bramante. Carmen has been associated with the Fanny Mae organization and most recently established his own technology firm. Carmen is a nationally recognized speaker and an expert in the world of electronic mortgages and releases.

You are certainly welcome to attend both days, but I hope you specifically consider our ½ day public trustee forum on Friday February 25th.

We have attached the tentative agenda for (both days) In addition We have attached information on the Best Western Inn and Suites. They have agreed to extend anyone attending our Summit a special rate for both the evenings of February 24th and 25th. (Even Lower than their corporate or AAA rate!)

We hope you and your staff can plan to attend this informative day in Douglas County.

Please RSVP to with the numbers planning to attend from your office.

We hope to see you on the 25th!

Jack Arrowsmith
Public Trustee/Douglas County

Check the new Foreclosure Stats page.  I would like to have everyone send me their statistics when it is convenient.  Thanks.

Good news!  HB 05-1168, which will increase the efficiency in the offices of the Public Trustees, has passed first reading in the House and should be heard on the Floor this Friday.

I wanted to remind everyone the applications for Certification and Re-Certification are to mailed to Michelle Miller by February 15, 2004.  Michelle is the chairperson of the Credentials Committee.  The application must be postmarked by February 15, 2005.  IF you have any questions, please contact Charlene Cockrum, Alamosa County or Michelle Miller, Park County.

I just received word from Leslie Sloss at the State that they are not requiring the reports again until and if the amount for the exemptions changes from a zero amount.

I just got off the phone with the Dept of Revenue (Titles and Registration) and they said we now need a DR2444  statement of fact sent in with the  purge papers on mobile homes.   I guess it has always been needed but they have just decided to revamp their methods and require it.  It can be obtained on either their web site or from the Clerk and Recorders office.  Just thought this could be put on the web site for everyone.

Happy new year!  Don't forget to send anything to me that you want to share with the Associations. 

We have a new e-mail address it is
Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Wanda & Lori
Sedgwick County

Dufford, Waldeck, Milburn & Krohn, LLP, Attorneys at Law are pleased to welcome Cindy C. Lay as an associate of the firm and we are pleased to announce the launch of our new website at

With sadness, we report that Tom Oken’s wife, Kathleen, passed away Monday December 6, 2004 after a brave battle against cancer. Tom is the Pitkin County Treasurer and Public Trustee and the Chief Financial Officer for Pitkin County.  Tom and Kathleen have a 14-year-old daughter, Caitlin.  Private services have been held; a public memorial service will be announced at a later date.  Cards for Tom and Caitlin can be mailed to P. O. Box 8054, Aspen, Colorado 81612

The minutes from the CPTA Legislative Committee meeting held Thursday, November 18, 2004 are now posted on the PT Minutes page.

FYI - Don Mueller is back as the Treasurer of Weld County.

Dear Friends,
    The weather here in Castle Rock is very wintry and has created the perfect atmosphere for sending out the final information for the Winter Metro Meeting and Holiday Gala.
    Attached to this e-mail is information on the dinner as well as a registration form.  In a separate attachment, is information on the hotel accommodations that have been arranged. We have visited the hotel site and wanted to share with you some of their amenities. The rates that are quoted include:
    · Extended continental breakfast
    · Indoor pool and spa
    · Fitness Center
All rooms are equipped with:
    · Refrigerator
    · Microwave oven
    · Coffee maker
    · Ironing board & Iron
    · Hair dryer
    · High Speed Internet access
    We are very excited about hosting the final event of the year for our Association here in Douglas County.  Of course we want everything to be perfect and our "out of town family" to feel welcome and enjoy the celebration of the season.  We look forward to your visit and hope to hear from each of you very soon.  We have a very tight deadline so please respond by Dec. 1st.
    Until then, as we quickly approach Thanksgiving, my sincere wishes to each of you and your families for a Joyful Thanksgiving.

I am very glad this morning, on my last day as the Denver Treasurer, to announce the appointment of our new Denver Treasurer.  His name is David Hart, who will be returning to the Denver Treasury after working here previously for 9 years as a key member of my staff.

David was with us from 1993 to 2002, serving as Denver's point person for bond financings, back-up to our Investment Officer, and also the official who managed our banking relationships.  Since leaving Denver in 2002 he gained valuable experience in senior positions with two other local governments:  the City of Cherry Hills Village in Arapahoe County, and the Douglas County School District.  In those positions he gained great experience managing both personnel and major projects.

While he was with us previously, David earned a well-deserved reputation as a team-builder, skilled negotiator, and leader.  I have described him to others as "the people's choice" to become our Treasurer, since he was very well regarded by his co-workers at all levels.  Out of our combined city/county Treasury staff of 140 people, he was chosen by his peers in 1995 as the Employee of the Quarter - - an indicator of the regard that his co-workers always had for him and his work.  His strong financial skills, and proven ability here as a fast learner, will position him well to get up-to-speed quickly on tax issues and other areas beyond his previous experience with us.

You will enjoy getting to know David.  He is 41, is active in his church, and he and his wife have two young daughters.  He will begin his tenure here on December 6.  In the meantime, Karen Todd will serve as the interim Treasurer.  I know you will make David feel very welcome in the Association.

On a personal note, I just want to say thanks once more for the wonderful Toast and Roast that evening at the Sylvan Dale Ranch, for your friendship through the years, and for the beautiful desk clock that the Treasurers gave me at the party here in Denver earlier this week.  It will have a place of honor in my new office.

Since my wife and I have an empty nest these days, and we now have friends in courthouses across the State, don't be surprised if we show up some day to visit!

Fondly, and until we meet again,

Steve Hutt
Treasurer, County and City of Denver

Thanks! CCTA and CCPTA for the beautiful harvest bouquet of mixed flowers and greenery.  The scarecrow is adorable and the brass vase a keepsake.  Thanks mostly for your love and prayers for Ralph and I.  It will be a slow process brightened by your thoughtfulness.  We appreciate your friendship and caring.
Linda L. Statz

The Links Page has been changed and the State Bank Commissioner's site has been added.  You can get Tax Lien Sale interest rates on that site by clicking the "Rates Set By Commissioner" button.  I have also added a link to the Rates page on the Tax Sale Dates page.


Jamie has submitted the 2004 Conference minutes for the Colorado Public Trustee Association.  Follow the PT Minutes link to the left.

Did you know that you can type certain symbols in Windows programs using the Alt key?  If you hold the Alt key and type 248, you will get the degree symbol,  ° .  Alt-171 is ½ and Alt-172 is ¼.  There are others, but these are the ones I use most.

The Boulder County Public Trustee office will hold an open house to introduce and demonstrate our eRecording system.  Invitation

Because of her legal situation, Charlene Cockrum has offered to step aside as President of the CCTA until such time as she can resume her duties. The Executive Board met with her by phone
8-11-04 and supports her decision.  Therefore, as 1st Vice President, I will be acting on Charlene's behalf until she returns to her position. 

Dear County Treasurer's and Public Trustees, Associate Members, Ra-RA Club Members and Guests.
     Can you believe that we are winding down the summer already?  School starting, vacations over and summer conference behind us.  What a wonderful job Roxy did with our summer conference.  I thought the Karaoke night was great, we have some very talented individuals in our group and the rest of us just like to have fun!
     Douglas County is very pleased to be hosting the August metro meeting and hope that each one of you will be able to attend.  The presenters promise to be very informative, the meeting educational and the day relaxing.  Attached are the agenda, registration form and Hotel/Golf information.  We ask that you send the registration form back to us indicating attendance for lunch and if you desire to play golf, please contact the Hotels for any further information and to reserve a room.
     For anyone who may be interested in arriving a day early, the Treasurer's Office and various other county departments will be hosting an "Open House" on August 19th.  We would invite any of you who would be interested in visiting some of our county offices to attend this function.
     See you in August!

The manual is posted on my web site as a Word document and a PDF file.
Everyone ought to be able to access it in one form or another.
(Thanks from all of us, Peg)

There is a link on the home page to the 2004 tax lien sale dates.  Please send your sale date to me, Bob Sagel, as soon as you have set it.  Thanks.

There seemed to be some confusion on the Dues portion of the Constitution.  This was reviewed  by the Manual Committee and the Executive Board and was discussed at Conference. 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Attached to this email are two documents.  One is an edited outline of my credit card presentation before the Association of Colorado County Administrators at their annual meeting.  It contains the narrative results from the credit card and e-commerce survey of county treasurers conducted June 2nd.  The second document is a table with the tabular results of the survey.  You are receiving this information in response to your request on the survey form to view the collected data.

Thanks again for responding to the survey.  If you have any questions about the data, please email or call.

Thanks, Doug

Costilla County now has email.  It is

All attorneys with foreclosure questions are invited to a seminar sponsored by the Larimer County Public Trustee and the Young Lawyers Association to be held June 25th, Larimer County Justice Center (NOT Courthouse!) in the Jury Room Side B from 11:30 to 1:30p.m. (brown bag).
 Rich Krohn will be available to answer all your questions.  He would appreciate advance notice of questions if possible to research if necessary.  His email is and his phone number is 970.241.5500.  Parking is available at the Justice Center on Howes Street or if that is full at the Parking Garage on LaPorte Avenue.

Here is a copy of the the case law on foreclosing on a judgment.

Our Land Use Code effective July 1, 2003 states that if a 1976 or older mobile home is moved into Yuma County the owner will have to place in escrow with the County Treasurer $1,000.00 for removal costs if the mobile home is abandoned.  We are having mobile homes moved in and not receiving the paperwork on the moves.  If every Treasurer is aware of this fee it would be helpful to us.  Thanks for the help.

Dee Ann

Attached are two masters for use as Treasurers Deeds. One has no assignments and can be filled in as is.  Simply highlight a line by double clicking or dragging and fill in with the correct information.  You can fill in your county and treasurer's name at the start and make that your master.

The second master is with assignments.  There will be more paragraphs than fit your deed situation as there is room for two assignments and county held assignments as well.  Simply delete the paragraphs you don't need.  That will probably shorten the length so that it will fit on two sides of an 8 1/2 by 14.  Again, simply highlight a line by double clicking or dragging and fill in with the correct information.  You can fill in your county and treasurer's name at the start and make that your master.

You may have a printer that will print both sides.  If not, print single sides and run through a copier that will put it to both sides.  I have a separate masters file and then a Treasurers Deed file so that I electronically have a copy of each Treasurers Deed issued.

Have fun. I think this will speed things up for deed preparation and it certainly looks nicer.

Ken Sigley, Adams County Treasurer's Office
Tax Deed          Tax Deed with Assignments

To those who remember Lois Lipker, the treasurer at Phillips County before 1991, I heard Lois lost her husband Arnold today.  Her mailing address is:  242 W Jules St, Holyoke, CO  80734
Linda L. Statz,
Phillips County Treasurer

It was reported at the Eastern Division meeting that we are still supposed to submit the Senior Exemption reports to the Leslie Sloss at the State Treasurer's Office.

The Metro and Eastern Division meetings are coming up soon.  Check the "Coming Events" page for registration and information.

The Executive Board has contracted with Rich Krohn to provide legal counsel to the Public Trustees' Association. 

Dear Treasurers:

The day that I have been dreading has arrived. Leola Harris has decided to retire, as of December 31, 2003.  Given Leola's unmatched expertise in bankruptcies, you can imagine what a loss this will be to my office, as well as to the Association.  She has decided that after 34 years on the job, the time has simply come to be able to spend more time with her family.

My office will be hosting a farewell event in Leola's honor on Thursday January 22nd, beginning with a ceremony at 11:00 a.m. in Mayor Hickenlooper's Office (at which everyone retiring from the county during December and January will be honored, along with other employees who have anniversaries of 20 years or more with Denver).  We will then have a reception at lunchtime here in my office.  As we get closer to the date, I will share the details with you.  But I know how much it would mean to Leola to have any of you join us.  I know too that she would love to hear from those of you who won't be able to make it to Denver join us that day.  She will be sorely missed!!

Steve Hutt

Just a note to let you know that when I called Barbara Kaiser, former Logan County Treasurer & Public Trustee, to share the information about Helen Zordel's passing, she said she was recuperating from a broken hip, cracked vertebrae and gall bladder surgery - doing quite well now and has been home for three weeks.  She sounded great and in good spirits.  Her address is 615
N 6th Ave., Sterling, CO  80751

Lois Lipker, former Phillips County Treasurer, is still as lovely as ever but with white hair.  She proof reads for the Phillips County Abstract Office each morning.

I would like to inform the Associations of the passing of Helen Zordel, a former Pitkin County Treasurer and Public Trustee.  Helen passed away on December 8 and her services will be held Saturday, December 13, 2003 at 10:00 AM and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Aspen, Colorado.

Helen served as treasurer from May 1962 until March 1978.  She leaves behind two daughters and four grandchildren.  Helen's daughter Tina Zordel Gomez is a twenty year employee of Pitkin County and works with the Pitkin County Finance Office.

I thought you might want to know.


As the snow falls outside my window here in Denver this evening, what better time to send out the details about the CCTA/CPTA Metro Association's Holiday Party?  Please click on the links to open the invitation and registration form.

As you know, Adams County Treasurer John Lefebvre will be our host.  The reservation forms therefore need to be sent in to him.  His e-mail address is, should you have any questions.  Our thanks go to he and Sharon Jones for organizing this special event for us.  We hope that the reasonable charge for guests will encourage those of you who are not members of the Metro Association to attend also, and for members to consider bringing a spouse or deputy as a guest.  Happy Holidays!

Our address has changed.  It is now the following:

P.O. Box 2027
315 West Oak St., Suite 400
Fort Collins, CO 80522

Jim is sending out 2003/2004 dues notices today.  The notice includes the $100.00 legal fee per our bylaws.  Since there is only to be one legal fee charged to each county, you can adjust the amount(s) due for any additional memberships.

Here is the power point presentation from Seminar.  E-Business Presentation.

If any treasurer attended the following Eastern Division meetings but did not get their accreditation forms, please let me know.

"Notary Power & Responsibilities" by Johanna Billmeyer, 9/12-13/02
"Budget Practices" by Lyn Brownfield, 3/14-15/01


I received this info from the Assessor.  As you know, Cheryl was a valuable member of both associations while treasurer/public trustee in Delta.  

I have the sad duty of letting all of you know that Cheryl Goad, Delta County Assessor, lost her husband early last week.  The funeral was on Thursday.  If you would like to send a card you can send it to:  Delta County Assessor, 510 Palmer St., Suite 210, Delta, CO  81416.

The name of the committee has been changed to the E-Business Committee.

E-Business Committee Meeting minutes

Our sincerest sympathy goes out to Billie Mills on the passing of her sister. 

Also, we wish George Crocket (Jamie's husband, the Coroner) a speedy recovery from his surgery.

E-Recording Committee meeting minutes

Executive Board meeting minutes

Legislative Committee meeting minutes

I would like to thank all of the people who volunteered their time at the IACREOT Conference last week.
It was a huge success and we could not have done it without all of your help.  I had numerous compliments about how nice it was and how friendly everyone was.  THANKS AGAIN !!!

The Legal Counsel and Legislative meeting will be held at Jefferson County on August 28th at 11:00 am.  We will start with the Legislative Committee and after lunch we will do the Legal Counsel Committee.  There will be a lunch charge of $10.00.  Please contact Tina Whitmer or Bob Sagel if you plan to attend.

The first E-Recording committee meeting will be held August 28, 2003 at 11:00am
at the Douglas County Events Center.  (Facility is just a few blocks off I-25
exit).  Please contact Jack Arrowsmith or Bob Sagel if you plan to attend.

On Wednesday, I attended a meeting of a subcommittee of the Real Estate Section of the Colorado Bar Association.  This is the second meeting of this committee, whose purpose is to review the changes created by SB 161 and work on any clean up of the statutes.  The following is a summary of the meeting.  The committee would welcome any comments and/or suggestions.  Please forward them to me.

Meeting Summary
Subcommittee of the Real Estate Section
of the Colorado Bar Association
July 16, 2003

Members of the committee attending were Bob Holmes, Larry Castle, Bob Brown, Michael Valdez, Rich Linquanti, Patrick Wheeler, and Rich Krohn (by telephone). Also attending were Debbie Wagner of Ackerman & Associates and Bob Sagel, CPTA president.

The committee reviewed suggestions for legislation previously submitted by members, decided which suggestions should be pursued for the upcoming session or set aside for further review, and assigned drafting responsibilities. Items that will be pursued and drafted are as follows:

    1. Procedures for "setting aside" a foreclosure sale arising from legitimate, inadvertent mistakes;
    2. Spelling out exactly when a redemption occurs and is effective;
    3. Adjusting the amount used to calculate a foreclosure fee from $400,000.00 to $480,000.00;
    4. Clarifying the treatment of excess funds when an owner redeems;
    5. Clarifying extensions of redemption periods in the event of bankruptcy;
    6. Clarifying which date to use for calculating the 15 day requirements when a the 15th day falls on a weekend or holiday;
    7. Procedures for accepting bids at a foreclosure sale, deadlines for payment, and what to do if the high bidder fails to make payment;
    8. Revising the types of costs and expenses that can be included in cure and redemption calculations;
    9. Clarifying requirements for supplying cure figures and how updates are handled;
    10. Some minor typographical errors in SB 161.

Items set aside for further review are as follows:

    1. E-recordings - the committee along with the Public Trustees' Association needs to get in contact with the Secretary of State, the Clerks' Association and the Title Company Association to be part of the process;
    2. Expanding the right to initiate a foreclosure without production of the original evidence of debt (the committee would like feedback from Public Trustees on this issue);
    3. Issues resulting from foreclosure of the priority portion of Homeowner Association covenant liens;
    4. Correct issues in the omitted parties section of the existing statutes.

The committee will meet again on August 27.

REMINDER - please try to get those registrations to me by June 6!!!  Also a REMINDER from District 5 -  all those Treasurers and Public Trustees who have a Name Tag - PLEASE BRING THEM ALONG AND WEAR THEM!  We have quite a number of new Treasurers and Public Trustees and this will help to get us all acquainted with each other.

I have heard from some "retired" Treasurers and hope that they will try to make at least one or two days of the Conference - How Exciting!!!

Well, if God willing and the Creek don't rise - we'll have ourselves a Conference in Canon City.

Jim wants to thank the Treasurers' and Public Trustees' Associations for the floral arrangements.  He is recovering slowly but surely and hopes to see everyone in Canon City. 

Karen Sheaffer's father passed away.  We all wish to express our deepest sympathy.  Cards may be sent to Eagle County Treasurer's office.

Thank you for your kind expression of sympathy by sending a beautiful bouquet of flowers when my brother died.  Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.

As I was going through my stacks of paper, I found where I told the group at Quadrennial that I would research Mobile Home title purges.  The following is the statutory reference.  It doesn't give much in the way of procedures.  In Morgan County, we first have the taxpayer make application with the Assessor so they can determine if it actually qualifies as real estate.  They then must have our office sign the application for purge so that we can collect all taxes due.  They then turn it over to the County Clerk to be sent to the State.

38-29-118. Surrender and cancellation of certificate - purge of certificate - penalty for violation.

(1) The owner of any manufactured home for which a Colorado certificate of title has been issued, upon the destruction or dismantling of said manufactured home or upon its being sold or otherwise disposed of as salvage, shall surrender his or her certificate of title thereto to the director with the request that such certificate of title be cancelled; and, upon said owner's procuring the consent thereto of the holders of any mortgages noted on the certificate of title and shown to be unreleased in the office of the director, such certificate may thereupon be cancelled. Any person who violates any of the provisions of this subsection (1) commits a class 1 petty offense and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as provided in section 18-1.3-503, C.R.S.

(2) The owner of any manufactured home for which a Colorado certificate of title has been issued, upon its being permanently affixed to the ground so that it is no longer capable of being drawn over the public highways, may surrender his certificate of title thereto and file with the authorized agent of the county or city and county in which such manufactured home is located a request for purging of the mobile home title; and, upon said owner's procuring the consent thereto of the holders of any mortgages noted on the certificate of title and shown to be unreleased, said manufactured home shall become real property. The provisions of articles 30 to 44 of this title and of any other law of this state shall be applicable to manufactured homes which have become real property pursuant to this subsection (2) and to instruments creating, disposing of, or otherwise affecting such real property wherever such provisions would be applicable to estates, rights, and interests in land or to instruments creating, disposing of, or otherwise affecting estates, rights, and interests in land.


There have been some comments made that some County Treasurers and possibly staff would like to visit other counties to see how they operate their offices. This includes all sizes of counties. If you would be willing (as I know most of us would) to show others your operation, please let us know when you register at the summer conference and hopefully we can establish a list for those who would like to visit.

Jim Covington, CCTA President

NOTE:  You may also send an e-mail to CCTA Webmaster

I will be presenting a full report at Conference regarding the just-ended
Legislative session. 

But in advance of that:  The most significant bill that passed which affects
us was Senate Bill 265, which eliminates the property tax exemption for
senior homeowners for the next 3 tax years (for taxes payable in 2004, 2005,
and 2006).  This was signed by the Governor on May 1.  We will have
information at Conference as to what administrative steps regarding the
exemptions will still have to take place for Assessors and Treasurers during
these next 3 years.  Also, we will be writing some sort of brief notice to
taxpayers that you could include with your tax notices in January, that will
make clear that the exemption has gone away because of an act of the State
Legislature and the State's budget problems - - rather than because of any
decision at the County level.

Hope to see you all next month in Canon City!

Steve Hutt
Denver Treasurer

Both Executive Boards met with District 2 to finalize plans for the summer conference in Canon City and everything looks very good.  It should be an informative and fun time.  Registration information should be going out very soon.

Hello everyone.
As a follow up on the email that I put out over a week ago concerning the collection Treasurer's Fees on the money received from the state on the homestead exemption properties, Steve was kind enough to contact Mary Huddleston at the DPT and to also run it by his county attorney.  The attachment is what has been decided.  Thank you Steve.    Jim

Sharon gave me copies of some information she found on the Soldiers and Sailors Civil Relief Act.  To see a transcript of an e-mail she received from Kelly Dunnaway, click on "Relief for the military".  You can also find the Act on U S Military.

Volunteers are needed to work the week of the IACREOT conference (July 28 -
Aug 4). We need people for registration, meeting set-up, greeters and misc.
other jobs.  We could use you even if for only a day or even a half day. 
Please let me know if you can help.  Contact me at or
call me at 719-836-4238.  Thanks!  Michelle

I've been in touch with Leslie Sloss at the State Treasurer's office concerning the Homestead exemption files.  His statement is: The occupant, property and total files need to be sent email as a text file.  The letter stating what the county is expected to be paid can be sent either by email with an electronic signature of the County Treasurer or by hard copy to be sent to:

Colorado State Treasury
Attn: Leslie Sloss
140 State Capitol
Denver, CO 80203

His email address is

REMINDER!  You need to send the Senior Exemption report to the State Treasurer by April 1st.

Just a couple notes:
1)  I forgot to change my email address on the registration form.  Please use from now on.
2)  Member counties with new officials need to let me know how they want their names on their badges.  Anyone else wanting a badge may order one but at their own expense.  If ordered together, the cost may be as low as $7.50 - alone at least $10.50.
3)  Be thinking about our financial situation.  We have excess funds.  I plan to bring up the possibility of granting a large amount to the Public Trustee Legal Fund.  And also perhaps we should lower our membership fees now if we don't need the money and many of us are scrambling for budget funds.

At the Quadrennial meeting, I was asked to make my presentation on manufactured housing available.  Here is a link to the PowerPoint presentation, MfgHousing.  Let me know if you have problems with the file or have any questions.  Phone: (970) 542-3519, e-mail:

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