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County treasurer to resign

Contact: Karen Sheaffer, Eagle County Treasurer, 970-328-8868

Oct. 2, 2015 – Longtime Eagle County Treasurer Karen Sheaffer has announced she will resign her post at the end of the year. She has served as the county’s treasurer and public trustee for nearly 20 years.

Sheaffer joined the Treasurer’s Office in 1986 as a bookkeeper, working her way to chief deputy by 1988. She was appointed treasurer following the resignation of Sherry Brandon in 1996. Sheaffer subsequently ran unopposed for the office six times.

Sheaffer is citing personal reasons for her departure. “It is with both excitement and regret that I leave my position with Eagle County,” she said. “While this is a difficult decision, I know it is the right one for me and my family.”

During her tenure, Sheaffer led nationally recognized efforts to improve the office, ranging from instituting personal phone calls to those with delinquent taxes to implementing modernized computer systems for treasurer and public trustee functions.

Viewed as a leader and innovator among her professional peers, Sheaffer is a past president of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers (IACREOT), having also served as treasurer, secretary, second and first vice president for the organization. In her role, she hosted the annual IACREOT conference in Eagle County last August, bringing approximately 500 attendees and guests to Vail.

She is also a past president of the Colorado County Treasurers’ Association and has served as both secretary and a board member of COLOTRUST, the largest pool fund investment in the State of Colorado.

“I am most proud of the knowledgeable and customer-service oriented team of people who have worked alongside me to serve Eagle County,” said Sheaffer. “I will leave knowing the office is in good hands.”

Per Colorado state statutes, the Board of County Commissioners must appoint a replacement to perform the duties of the treasurer until the next general election. The commissioners will appoint Chief Deputy Treasurer Mari Renzelman, who has worked in the office since 1999.

Renzelman will serve from Jan. 1, 2016 through the November 2016 election. The candidate elected will take office in January 2017 and serve the remainder of Sheaffer’s term, which ends in December 2018.