Fremont county coroner, assessor pledge commitment to positions – canon city daily record data recovery geek squad

While the heat is on for many candidates running for a county office in this year’s general election, the pressure is off for two elected officials who plan to retain their positions.

Fremont county coroner randy keller and county assessor stacey seifert will run unopposed on the republican primary ballot june 26. The general election will be nov. 6.

Both were duly nominated for the republican primary ballot saturday during the fremont county republican assembly at mountain view K-8 school.

Marty keen, a deputy in the assessor’s office, described seifert as honest, fair, intelligent, dependable, compassionate and a "true leader" who runs a "tight ship" in the assessor’s office.Fremont county

"You can rest assured the office is run correctly," keen said. "In all of her years in both the office and as the assessor, she has never failed an audit."

Seifert began her time with the assessor’s office in january 1990, and she worked as the chief appraiser until 2000. She took six years off before being elected as assessor in 2006, replacing former appraiser jim deatherage.

Former commissioner ed norden, who seconded the nomination for seifert, said fremont county was out of compliance on the property values and was just completing a state-ordered reassessment in the assessor’s office before seifert was elected for her first term.Fremont county

"As the board of county commissioners, we knew had stacey seifert still been working in the assessor’s office, we never would have been out of compliance," norden said. "We knew the only way to stay compliant on our property values was if stacey seifert was elected, so thank heavens she was."

"The staff and I have worked long and hard to get the office where it is today," she said. "I would like to continue as your assessor and maintain the accuracy and efficiency we have built."

In 2007 and 2008, the assessor’s office put more than $200 million in value on the tax role from building permits that had never been inspected during the prior six years, and revaluing property that hadn’t been looked at or valued in more than six years.Fremont county

"The citizens of fremont county can’t begin to appreciate the importance of having an assessor like stacey seifert who, since first elected, has met state assessment benchmark values every year," norden said. "She had done, and continues to do, superb work in compliance with state law."

"Randy keller has proven himself to be a good steward with your tax dollars," grantham said. "Through his initiative, he brought forward the problem of lack of reimbursement from the department of corrections for autopsies being performed on deceased inmates. Because he shined a light on this problem, he is saving us, the citizens of fremont county, the taxpayers, from paying twice for the service."

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Keller, along with grantham, in 2016 worked to draft and pass the "county coroners reimbursement by DOC" bill that directs the DOC and federal bureau of prisons to reimburse a county for reasonable and necessary expenses of investigations and autopsies performed by the county coroner on persons in the custody of the department. The bill also appropriates $32,175 from the general fund to DOC.

"Since the prisons have been here, this county has been covering the cost of these state inmates for autopsies, death investigations and transportation," keller said. "It’s a tremendous amount of money and a large burden on our county."

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Through his role as vice president of the colorado coroner’s association and with the respect of his peers, grantham said keller has proven to be a leader in his office.

"Randy keller has taken the office to another level and raised the standards of the office here in fremont county," grantham said. "He continues to work on raising the standards and training in coroners’ offices statewide."

"Doing this has brought better services to the people of fremont county, more professionalism and compassion to the families of fremont county, and I am very proud of my deputy coroners," he said.

Keller’s wife, jeanie keller, who seconded the nomination, described the side of the coroner that the public doesn’t see, doing things his job does not require, but he chooses to do.Stacey seifert

"I see the coroner who spends countless personal hours poring over cold cases of unidentified (bodies), trying desperately to search database after database to get them identified," she said.

"I see the coroner who makes sure children who have lost their mother have a christmas dinner and gifts to open; I see the coroner who makes sure the lonely widow who lost her husband has enough food in her home because she can’t drive and family services can’t get there until the next day."