By the numbers
Child support collections in 2008
Colorado: $320.1 million
Routt County: $1.7 million
Source: Routt County Department of Human Services
Steamboat Springs The Routt County Department of Human Services was one of only six county departments in Colorado to meet all 10 performance indicators set by a state task force for child support enforcement.
Routt County collected $1.7 million in child support in 2008. The state, as a whole, collected $320.1 million, the first time Colorado has ever collected more than $300 million in one year, according to a letter written by Karen L. Beye, executive director of the Colorado Department of Human Services.
"These ladies have received a very high level of recognition," Routt County Human Services Director Vickie Clark said about her child support enforcement team. "They made a fair contribution to that overall effort."
The 10 performance indicators include measures, such as establishing paternity in a minimum of 90 percent of cases and collecting at least 68 percent of current support due.
"They far exceeded those expectations," Clark said about her staff.
The recognition comes at a time when the county is seeing a big increase in requests for child support and requests to prove paternity.
"Things are just booming," Clark said. "I think it's just another result of the economy."
Routt County Commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush noted the importance of child support enforcement as a particular function of government that benefits some of the most needy residents of the county.
"It's a fact that single-parent households have a lower standard of living," said Sherry Camilletti, a member of the local child support enforcement team.
County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak gave particular praise to Camilletti, a longtime employee of the Human Services Department.
"This department has always been stellar," Stahoviak said. "(Camilletti) has set a standard in that department that everyone is following."