County Commissioner Faye Griffin is planning to run for Jeffco clerk and recorder — a position she held previously — two years before her current term on the commission ends in 2016.
If elected once again to the clerk job, the Republican said, she would step down as a commissioner. In that event, a GOP vacancy committee would appoint a person to serve the final two years of Griffin’s term.
Current Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson is term-limited, so that office will be up for grabs in the 2014 election.
Griffin said the decision to possibly leave the commission was difficult but is the right one.
“It’s going to be hard for me to leave this office, whether it’s 2014 or 2016,” Griffin said.
Griffin, who represents District 1, was sworn into her second term as a commissioner in January after being re-elected in November 2012 as an unopposed candidate. Griffin will be term-limited as a commissioner in 2016, as she was for the clerk’s job in 2006.
Griffin said she was approached by a fellow Republican interested in running for clerk in 2014 who wanted to make sure she didn’t have her eye on the job. That person’s ultimate decision not to run led Griffin to make another bid for the clerk’s office.
Griffin said she let the other two commissioners know about her intentions when she filed campaign papers in July. Fellow Commissioners Casey Tighe and Don Rosier said they wish Griffin the best of luck in the 2014 election.
“It has been an honor to serve with Commissioner Griffin. She understands the county and brings a great perspective to the board,” Tighe said via e-mail. “I look forward to working with her, and learning from her, in 2014. Beyond that, people have to follow their hearts, and I wish her the best.”
Griffin served two terms as clerk and recorder from 1998 to 2006 before being elected county treasurer. She left the treasurer position when she was elected to the county commission in 2008.
During her tenure as clerk and recorder, Griffin said, she helped computerize the department’s records and also oversaw Jeffco’s first mail-in election.
While she has enjoyed her time as commissioner, Griffin said the time commitments of the job coupled with the nature of the position have taken their toll.
“I’ve been around here a long time. … My husband is not crazy about this job because I’m never home,” Griffin said. “The part that I’m not crazy about is I can’t please everybody. If you’re in the clerk and recorder’s or treasurer’s office, and they come in and say, ‘How did you charge this much money on my license plate?’ you can go, ‘Here’s the statute; this is how it’s figured. Decisions you make here are things that could happen 50 years, a hundred years from now. I may not see the results.”
Griffin said that, in any event, she wants to continue working for Jeffco. Before being elected to her first county post in 1998, she was a longtime employee of the county.
“It’s going to be hard for me to leave this office, whether it’s 2014 or 2016,” Griffin said. “It boils down to I want to stay at the county for as long as I can stay at the county. I have had employees in the clerk and recorder’s office ask me when I’m going to come back.”
Griffin said that if she isn’t elected county clerk next year, she will serve out the final two years of her term as a commissioner.
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