The Arapahoe County commissioners have appointed Matt Crane as the county’s new clerk and recorder, replacing Nancy Doty, who has held the position while simultaneously serving as county commissioner.
In 4 to 1 vote, Crane emerged as the candidate of choice during the March 19 public hearing, with supporters citing his experience and technical skills.
Board members cast their votes aloud, each justifying their selection.
“I know, personally, how difficult this job is,” said Doty. “Experience is key, and being able to take over on day one is critical, therefore I cast my ballot for Matt Crane.”
Commissioners Rod Bockenfeld, Nancy Jackson and Bill Holen echoed Doty’s remarks, also casting their vote for Crane, who held the position of Arapahoe County deputy of elections under Doty.
Holen, who represents District 5, read a statement scolding those responsible for a mysterious letter sent to the board earlier this year calling Crane’s integrity into question, calling the attempt vicious and an “attempt to usurp the democratic process.”
District 2 Commissioner Nancy Sharpe, the only holdout, cast her vote for Susan Beckman, a former county commissioner.
Sharpe said she based her decision to support Beckman on the office’s need for solid executive leadership.
“The technology is already there,” she said. “The person that fills this position should be a strong manager, a respected leader and have the integrity and honesty to ensure fair elections.”
After votes were tallied, realizing she was the only holdout, Sharpe asked to go on record in support of Crane.
Crane was among three final candidates to fill the vacancy created by Doty after she was elected as commissioner in November. An anonymous email sent to the commissioners on Jan. 27 painted a questionable picture of Crane, pointing to previous troubles while serving as operations manager for the Denver Election Commission in 2006, and what was called a “cozy relationship” with a voter check-in software company.
A county-appointed ethics committee cleared Crane of all allegations on Feb. 14.
He fills the remainder of Doty’s term as clerk and recorder, which expires Jan. 15, 2015.