Courtesy of the candidate
Holly Williams gears up for the commissioner election in 2018.
Holly Williams provided this comment via email:
In response to concerns expressed by the auditor and the Board of County Commissioners, I hired temporary staff and worked with county officials to create a system that tracked the financials for the office. From 2003 until 2007, the company hired by El Paso County to complete audits did not have to address any further issues with the Public Trustee office. In 2003, we processed over 100,000 releases of deeds of trust and during my time as Public Trustee, the Public Trustee office quadrupled net revenues returned to the County from $281,000 in 1999 to more than $1.2 million in later years.
My experience as a public trustee only adds to my qualifications to run for commissioner. It was a challenging time and a life lesson. I worked with others to provide a more transparent office and an office with BOCC oversight, something that other public trustees in large county offices had not done.
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Holly Williams, wife of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, has filed as a candidate to succeed Darryl Glenn as El Paso County commissioner of District 1.
She filed paperwork on Feb. 16 declaring her candidacy in the district once held by her husband.
Holly Williams, a Republican, served as public trustee in El Paso County some years ago, appointed in 1999 by then-Gov. Bill Owens.
In a story during her trustee tenure, ("A matter of trust," News, Oct. 16, 2003
), the Independent
reported that things in the public trustee's office were just shy of chaotic.
As Cara DeGette wrote in her column Public Eye
that same issue:
The audit is not good; among other things it indicates that under Williams' watch, the office has been an open invitation for embezzlement and theft of funds.
Williams insists that steps have been taken to correct the problems, but when you consider all of the players in the drama, the problems run far deeper than an office audit.
As the public trustee, Williams oversees a 16-person office that processes nearly $2 million in fees related to foreclosures and property purchased in El Paso County.
Colorado Gov. Bill Owens appointed Williams, a Republican operative, close supporter and former piano teacher who has no formal accounting training, to the $48,500 job in 1999.
also reported at that time that Williams had hired her husband, Wayne, to do legal work and paid him $1,000 in 2001. This was before Wayne Williams was elected to the Board of County Commissioners. The couple co-chaired the Owens for governor re-election efforts in 2002.
In early 2007, Holly Williams took a job working for Rep. Doug Lamborn in his Colorado Springs office.
Wayne Williams served two terms as county commissioner and one term as county clerk and recorder before being elected as Colorado secretary of state.
So the Williamses could qualify as the first family of politics from the El Paso County GOP.
We've reached out to Holly Williams and will update if and when we hear from her.
And then there's the question of Darryl Glenn.
The two-term Republican county commissioner captured the GOP nomination last year for U.S. Senate, coming out of nowhere to defeat a wide field of candidates. He wasn't able to knock off the Democrat incumbent Michael Bennet, however.
While rumors are circulating that Glenn has his eye on the Colorado Springs mayor's office, he laughs when asked about that. "I'm not ruling anything out," he says.
A run for mayor against incumbent John Suthers, who's highly regarded and seemingly very popular — both ballot measures involving taxes he's promoted for the city ballot passed — might be pretty difficult.
Glenn concedes he's not interested in running for a state House or Senate slot; nor will he challenge Lamborn for the nomination for U.S. House. He also ruled out a run for governor, noting if he had designs on that job, he'd already be in the race. (Some politicos gave Glenn credit for his good run for Senate by announcing more than a year ahead of time.)
So where does that leave him? He's not willing to say.
"I might enjoy going into the private sector," he says, adding anything can happen in his future. "It's wide open right now."