Deputy clerk to step down because of Hatch Act

Lila Herod to remain 2010 clerk candidate

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Lila Herod

— Lila Herod, Moffat County chief deputy clerk and elections supervisor, will step away today from the office she has called home for more than 20 years.

Herod, a can­­didate for Mof­­­fat Coun­ty clerk and re­­cor­der, resigned from her position with the county so she could remain eligible for the election, under guidelines in the federal Hatch Act.

She said leaving the office today will be hard and that she will “miss it a lot.”

“It’s going to be terrible,” she said.

Later, she jokingly said, “I think I’ll call in sick.”

Stephanie Beckett, a deputy clerk in the county clerk and recorder’s office, will assume Herod’s position indefinitely.

Herod started working part time in the clerk and recorder’s office in October 1989, and became a full-time employee when Jessie Rowley took office as clerk and recorder in January 1990.

But her employment and candidacy were at odds, according to the Hatch Act, a law originally enacted in 1939 and amended in 1940, which restricts the political activity of people employed by agencies that received federal money.

Herod was informed about provisions in the Hatch Act and contacted the U.S. Office of Special Counsel for an opinion.

The OSC said her candidacy was a violation of the Hatch Act based on her work in acquiring a federal grant to fund improvements at the Hamilton Com­munity Center, which is used as a polling place. Herod applied for the grant as part of her duties as deputy clerk and county elections supervisor.

The OSC gave her the choice to resign from her county position or withdraw from the election.

Herod said the decision wasn’t easy but that being clerk and recorder was the “ultimate goal” for her.

“I think I’ve known since I started working here, almost from the very beginning, that someday I want to be the county clerk,” she said.

She also said that stepping away from her job has “been a good lesson” that “it shouldn’t be easy to seek public office.”

Herod, a republican, is currently running unopposed for clerk and recorder, her first time seeking public office.

“I think I’m showing the citizens of Moffat County this is important to me and I am willing to make a personal sacrifice to serve them,” she said. “I think that is maybe more of a commitment than having an opponent.”

Herod is a certified election official, one of 529 nationwide. She received her state certification in 2006 and her federal certification in 2009.

She said being the elections supervisor “gets in your blood.”

“When you first start out, it’s just your job and you go through the motions,” Herod said. “After I went through all these trainings and this national certification, you realize that this is a really important job for every county and city in the nation.

“That’s how we are promoting and protecting democracy and because of us, that is how the ballots get counted. That’s how the process happens.”

Beckett described Herod as a “very dedicated county employee,” a notion Herod agrees with.

“There is a lot of pride when you step back and see what you do,” Herod said. “People literally have died for the right to vote and then you see you’re the one that gets to promote democracy and preserve that, and I think it is really serious.”

Comments

justthefacts 4 years, 8 months ago

Fact: Dates that will live in infamy: Dec 7th, 1941 Pearl Harbor Day. April 2, 2010, Dannered day

Fact: Lila Herod has served Moffat County citizens with the highest level of integrity for over 20 years.

Fact: Lila Herod accepted federal funds to provide handicap accessibility to the voters in Hamilton.

Fact: Anyone wanting to run for a political office in Moffat County Should not accept funds to help handicaped persons. You will be Dannered!!!

Fact: Commissioner Danner was appointed to her office by three people, her husband the Republican Chairman was not involved. ( wink, wink,)

Fact: Commissioner Danner's primary Hatchie (Dannerie), was one of the people that appointed her. (One guess, and it is not Lila.)

Fact: Lilia Herod will be missed by the citizens of Moffat County.

Lila, we look forward to your return in January. Thanks for your service to Moffat County.

Always yours, Just the Facts

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Lawspecialist 4 years, 8 months ago

Fact: Lila HAS served with a certain level of integrity over the years; not the "highest".

Fact: Lila accepted funds indeed; buildings/facilities that are public voting places "must" meet standards according to law and ACLU requirements for the handicapped. NOT her idea, but a requirement to be met.

Fact: If she knows her job, law, rules, regulations so well, it is her obligation to research "all" rules and regulations that could impact her stature BEFORE accepting/applying for the funds when she knew she would run for County Clerk.

Fact: It's her own fault and I find it sick that she is portrayed as a victim of the law when, according to her, she was fully aware of the act which affects her. Everyone believes until it happens to them.

Fact: Dannered Day? That's just glorifying them and their actions when someone expels that much attention to them.

Fact: There are people who are actually surprised by the appointment of Danner? Moffat County and specifically the second floor is the hub known by everyone as "Peyton Place". wink wink

Fact: Lila did not appoint Danner, she hasn't the authority to perform such an appointment.

Fact: I won't miss her in any way shape or form. There are other people, obviously, who can perform her duties when she is absent.

Fact: Due to the extreme level of drama, judgmental behavior/opinions, rumor repeating, hearsay gathering, scandalous chit chat, do as I say not as I do actions and environment she participates in which she has helped create, I would NEVER vote for her and most certainly do not look forward to her return ever.

Fact: I look forward to the review of a civil complaint.

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Lawspecialist 4 years, 8 months ago

Oh, yes..... Fact: If you are going to put yourself out there, you best be able to walk the walk.

Fact: If you have done nothing wrong, people don't come out of the woodwork and confront you.

Fact: Using the story about the donkey won't get you votes

Fact: I'll bring the "shovel's"

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