Q&A with Sherry Hewlett, incoming county treasurer

Republican from Simla ran unopposed for Elbert County post

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 11/14/18

Tell us about yourself. I currently live in Simla. I have two daughters who graduated from Elbert School District and a stepdaughter and stepson who both graduated from Elizabeth High School. I have …

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Q&A with Sherry Hewlett, incoming county treasurer

Republican from Simla ran unopposed for Elbert County post

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Tell us about yourself.

I currently live in Simla. I have two daughters who graduated from Elbert School District and a stepdaughter and stepson who both graduated from Elizabeth High School. I have three granddaughters, ages 7, 5 and 1, and a grandson age 8. I am a Colorado native, having grown up in the Arkansas Valley. I moved to Elbert County in 1992 and served as an Elbert School Board director for two terms. I started working for the Elbert County Treasurer/Public Trustee's Office in 1996. I am currently the deputy treasurer/public trustee for Elbert County. I have been the deputy for 11 years. I have 22 years of experience with the day-to-day operations of the office. I currently serve as the treasurer for the Elbert County Republican Women.

What will change, if anything, when you take office?

I don't anticipate any drastic changes for the office at this time. We were fortunate to be able to hire an assistant treasurer in September and she is currently in training and doing an amazing job. As the elected treasurer/public trustee, I will work alongside my staff and will be able to step in and help in times of vacancies and/or high-volume processes. Our goal is to sustain a high level of customer service to the citizens of Elbert County with professionalism.

What are the most important traits or skills for a treasurer to possess?

Important traits and skills of the treasurer would be to meet all statutory deadlines timely and efficiently as well as maintaining a well-trained staff. As treasurer, I won't ask my staff to do anything I wouldn't do myself. I will have an open-door policy, and will treat all citizens and constituents with respect.

What must an effective treasurer accomplish?

An effective treasurer should bill, collect and disburse all county taxes timely. Invest county surplus funds in accordance with state and federal regulations. Keep an accurate and detailed account of all money received and all money disbursed for the county. Maintain accurately all financial records. An effective treasurer should also stay educated in accordance with state statutes and processes through training provided by the CCTA (Colorado County Treasurers Association). The public trustee's office is also governed by state statutes and has the same educational opportunities provided by the PTAC (Public Trustees Association of Colorado). Thankfully, the current treasurer, Rick Pettitt, has allowed me to attend all conferences and seminars this past year.

What will be the first order of business when you take office?

My first order of business after being sworn in on Jan. 2, 2019 will be to process and reconcile the 2018 tax roll payable 2019, get the extract to the printer and direct mailer for billing purposes. This process also includes closing month and year end and is a lengthy process.

What is the best way for citizens of Elbert County to contact you?

I may be contacted by email at sherry.hewlett@elbertcounty-co.gov or by phone at 303-621-3118.

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