Sallie Clark rises to president of National Association of Counties - first to do so from Colorado
A Westside resident and businesswoman and three-term El Paso County commissioner, Clark was elected to the one-year term without opposition at the NACo annual summer convention July 13 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The entity offers advocacy, information and unification efforts for approximately 3,000 counties nationwide.
Clark is the first NaCo president from Colorado, a press release states. She has been active with the organization since her first term as a commissioner started in 2005.
In her acceptance speech July 13, Clark announced an initiative called Safe and Secure Counties, which “will explore innovative strategies that counties implement to serve our citizens… While each county is unique, we all face similar challenges and can learn from each other's ideas.”
She also pledged to continue NaCo efforts to “advocate for federal policies that advance the interests of county government... whether fighting unfunded mandates or securing needed investments in critical county services.”
Appointed to the NaCo board of directors in 2012, Clark's path to the top position took form at the NaCo annual conference in 2013 when delegates voted her second vice president. Following the established NaCo process, she rose to first vice president last year, which set the stage for becoming president.
In previous years, she had chaired NaCo's Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee and served on several other committees.
Clark's commissioner district includes the Westside as well as Manitou Springs and the Ute Pass area. She has served as the commission's chair and vice chair.
Westside Pioneer/press release