Routt County Clerk Kay Weinland has retired to St. George, Utah, after 20 years in the courthouse
January 13, 2015
Steamboat Springs — Routt County's clerk and recorder of the last 20 years, Kay Weinland, left her longtime home in the rearview mirror Tuesday morning and headed for her new home in St. George, Utah, where the forecast for this weekend is mostly sunny and 58 degrees.
"This has been an amazing career," Weinland said. "I'm going to miss Routt County, and I've worked for a lot of good commissioners over the years. But I just can't do winter any more. I'm done shoveling."
Weinland, who was first sworn in as county clerk in January 1995, and outgoing County Commissioner Steve Ivancie were honored at a reception that filled the Commissioners' Hearing Room in the courthouse Monday evening.
Ivancie, a former Steamboat Springs city councilman, was appointed to fill out the final two years of former commissioner Diane Mitsch Bush's term in 2013 but lost his bid to be elected to a full term in November. His seat was won by another former city council member, Cari Hermacinski.
The new county clerk is Kim Bonner, who ran unopposed in last fall's election.
"I know that Kim will do a good job," Weinland said.
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And she ought to know. Bonner and Weinland have a long history at the clerk's office. In fact, each have hired the other to work in the office.
Bonner was first sworn in as county clerk in January 1983 and hired Weinland later that decade to share a position with another staffer. Bonner subsequently left her elected post in January 1991, and Dorothy Struble became clerk. Weinland then ran for the office and became clerk and hired Bonner back in 2006.
"I think my passion is county government," Bonner said. "This job is unique. It's not like you can go to school and learn it.”
Most county residents think of the county clerk's role in terms of running elections, but there's more to it than that. The job includes titling and registering motor vehicles, maintaining records including property deeds and issuing marriage licenses and liquor licenses.
Asked if her job has caused her to lose any sleep over the past two decades, Weinland confessed that it had.
"Pretty much the entire month of October," when election season is underway, Weinland said. "I'd wake up worrying if everything was spelled correctly on the ballot or if I'd ordered enough ballots. This job was a lot easier in 1995."
Bonner said the job of county clerk became more challenging with the growth in state laws governing elections.
Weinland clearly is enthused about relocating to St. George, one of the fastest growing retirement communities in the country, and one that enjoys mild winters.