Arapahoe County Commissioner still serves as clerk and recorder

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While a mysterious letter that halted the appointment of her replacement continues to raise eyebrows, Nancy Doty is stuck doing double duty, still serving as Arapahoe County clerk and recorder after being sworn in as District 1 county commissioner.

Doty, who was sworn in as commissioner on Jan. 8, has yet to tender her resignation as clerk and recorder, but plans to do so prior to the appointment of a replacement, according to county spokesperson Andrea Rasizer.

Rasizer said the “day-to-day duties of the office” are now in the hands of Mary Whitley, deputy clerk and recorder.

The problem is, finding a replacement may take a while.

The Arapahoe Board of County Commissioners voted to delay the appointment and launch an ethics committee investigation after an anonymous letter appeared, questioning the ethics and integrity of Matt Crane, one of three candidates vying for the appointment.

Crane said he has nothing to hide and looks forward to bringing the matter to light.

The three-page letter, sent Jan. 27, paints 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.

On Jan. 23, the board interviewed three candidates: Crane; Cindy Acree, a former state representative; and Susan Beckman, former Arapahoe County Commissioner.

The person selected will fill the remainder of Doty’s term, which expires Jan. 15, 2015.

There is no word on when the ethics committee will convene or who might be appointed to lead the investigation.

Although Doty still holds both positions, Rasizer confirmed she draws only her salary from the Board of County Commissioners.

Doty’s salary as clerk and recorder “will remain in the budget as unspent funds, so there will be a savings in that line item at the end of the year,” Rasizer said.