Out with the old, in with the new

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As we look toward the new year, Wednesday becomes a red-letter day for El Paso County. Three public officials take office at 9 a.m. that day in Centennial Hall, 200 S. Cascade Ave. Others will be sworn in Jan. 13, explained below.

Mark Lowderman takes the oath for his first term as county treasurer, with Bob Balink leaving office after not seeking a second term.
Lowderman: Trading hats. - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY
  • Courtesy El Paso County
  • Lowderman: Trading hats.
Because Lowderman is county assessor (barred by term limits from a third assessor term), an interim replacement must be sworn in tomorrow as well. That person is Steve Schleiker, Lowderman's chief deputy, who was elected assessor in the November election and who will assume the permanent role Jan. 13.

It's the same deal for Bill Elder, who'll be sworn in as interim sheriff. Also elected in November, Elder is assuming the office two weeks early due to the resignation of Sheriff Terry Maketa, who leaves office under a cloud of suspicion due to allegations of favoritism and sexual harassment. Maketa resigned after nearly 30 years with the county.

Lowderman's pay won't change, remaining at $87,300 per year. Schleiker will take a slight pay cut, from $89,000 to $87,300, when he moves from deputy assessor to assessor. Elder moves up to $111,000 a year as sheriff, from his pay of roughly $80,000 a year as a contract worker at the Fountain Police Department. County elected officials' pay is set by state statute.
 
The oath will be administered by the chief judge of the 4th Judicial District, Gilbert Martinez.

In its news release, the county mentions all officials taking their oaths of office on Jan. 13:

Elder: Getting a salary boost. - CASEY BRADLEY GENT
  • Casey Bradley Gent
  • Elder: Getting a salary boost.
-El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn who will be starting his second four-year term in office.
-El Paso County Commissioner Peggy Littleton who will be starting her second four-year term in office.
-El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder who will be starting his first four-year term in office
-El Paso County Assessor Steve Schleiker who will be starting his first four-year term in office
-El Paso County Surveyor Lawrence Burnett who will be starting his second four-year term in office
-El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman who will be starting his first four-year term in office.
-El Paso County Coroner Dr. Robert Bux who will be starting his third four-year term in office



Also, because state law requires deputies to be sworn to the newly elected sheriff in order to serve, a mega ceremony will take place Jan. 13 at the Pikes Peak Center.


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