Erin Miller: Friendly service for Moffat County government
December 25, 2013
Each Tuesday morning, the members of the Moffat County Commission sit down to discuss matters pertaining to Northwest Colorado. Yet, without the person who compiles their agenda week by week, handling the issues facing the region would be very difficult indeed.
As administrative assistant to the commission, Erin Miller is the liaison to the entire populace of Craig and Moffat County for local concerns. If there's something happening at one of the governing body's gatherings, chances are she was privy to it, everything from small property disputes and event permits to larger affairs like this year's talk of the county seceding from the state of Colorado.
"I deal with a wide range of people," Miller said. "I always try to verify what people are calling the commission about because a lot of times there's a different staff member who can help them better, so I've got to get the bottom of they're calling about in the first place."
Miller said she fields a lot of inquiries that often have nothing to do with her job. A recent call from a confused motorist had her looking up road conditions from Moab, Utah, to Rawlins, Wyo.
"I just like helping people with whatever they come in with, steering them in the right direction or taking care of the problems directly," she said.
One thing that's difficult about working for a government entity is that the public doesn't always have a clear view of what goes on within the Moffat County Courthouse, Miller said.
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"I think sometimes people have a different concept of our level of power or what we do take care of," she said.
On top of assisting the commission, Miller also works with various facilities around the area, as well as the Natural Resources Department.
"If somebody wants to rent Loudy-Simpson (Park) or the (Moffat County Fairgrounds) Pavilion or Sherman Youth Camp or any of those things, I set up the details for that," she said.
She also oversees boards within the county, ranging from Land Use to The Memorial Hospital trustees.
"Just whatever comes my way, I try to take care of it," she said.
Miller, 54, spends much of her spare time gardening, reading or walking her dog. Another hobby is an increasing collection of snow globes on display in her office, given to her by friends who have visited places as far away as Hawaii and New Zealand.
She has been with the county, where she grew up and lived most of her life, since 2005, when she and her husband returned from six years living in Greeley. A tenure with the city government's recreation department there helped prepare her for the kind of environment she'd find in the office back in Craig.
"I really enjoy my job," she said. "It's a great place to work and great people."
Andy Bockelman can be reached at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.