Residents were invited to apply for the position after Nell announced her decision to assume a job with the Town of Frisco shortly after winning her election in November. The BOCC interviewed three applicants for the position on Tuesday, December 6th.
SUMMIT COUNTY—The Summit County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) on Friday appointed Taryn Power to assume duties as Summit County Clerk and Recorder, a vacancy created by the resignation of County Clerk-elect Stacey Nell. The appointment, which was made in a unanimous decision, will become effective at a swearing-in in January.
“This is a vital office for Summit County,” said Summit County Commissioner and Board Chair Tamara Pogue. “The Clerk and Recorder performs many important duties as an elected official, among which include free and fair elections and overseeing the Department of Motor Vehicles.”
The State of Colorado Constitution outlines the process for filling vacancies in County elected offices. Under State statute, the Board of County Commissioners have the sole responsibility to appoint a qualified replacement to serve in the position until the next countywide election, which will take place in 2024.
Residents were invited to apply for the position after Nell announced her decision to assume a job with the Town of Frisco shortly after winning her election in November by a 2-to-1 margin to replace outgoing Clerk Kathleen Neel. The BOCC interviewed three applicants for the position on Tuesday, December 6th.
“Our goal was to find the appropriate candidate to replace Nell in an open, transparent fashion,” said Pogue. “We were lucky to have three great choices; we ultimately chose Power for her qualifications and dedication to our community,” she continued.
Power served as Deputy Town Clerk for the Town of Breckenridge prior to her current position as Director of Development for The Summit Foundation. As Deputy Clerk, Power’s role included functions such as running local elections, licensing, and record-keeping for the Town. Power also volunteers as an election judge for the Town of Breckenridge and is currently Chairs Breckenridge’s Liquor and Marijuana Licensing Authority. As a member of the Colorado Association of Municipal Clerks, Power received her Certified Municipal Clerk status in 2013.
Power pointed to her experience as Deputy Clerk as the reason for seeking the job. “We worked closely with Kathy Neel and her team to help ensure our elections ran smoothly; I’m truly humbled by the opportunity to serve Summit County residents and build on her success in the office,” she said.
Power grew up in Breckenridge and attended Summit High School; she graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in English. She and her husband Zak live in Breckenridge with their newborn son.