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Renzelman hopes to continue as county treasurer

Mari Renzelman is a Colorado native and graduate of Eagle Valley High School. She has been working in the Treasurer's Office for 16 years and was appointed treasurer by County Commissioners when Karen Sheaffer retired Dec. 31.

EAGLE COUNTY — Voters in Eagle County will have their first Karen Sheaffer-less election in decades this year.

County commissioners appointed Mari Renzelman to replace Sheaffer — who retired Dec. 31 of 2015 — and she's running this November to keep the position.

"I've worked in public service for over 21 years, the last 16 years in the treasurer's office, so I'm familiar with the statutes and I've been doing the job," Renzleman said.

Renzelman served as the chief deputy treasurer for 10 years, and as treasurer, she's responsible for billing, collecting and distributing a tax roll of $183 million, including more than 80 taxing authorities.

The Colorado native said handling the county's money responsibly and providing expert customer service are important duties of the treasurer.

"I know the office. I've been in public service for a long time, and customer service is of huge importance to me as well as the fiscal accountability of the office," said Renzelman, who graduated from Eagle Valley High School. "There's a lot of money that goes through there."

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The treasurer is responsible for mailing property tax notices; collecting and disbursing taxes to taxing authorities; receiving and depositing all money for Eagle County; disbursing money upon order of the Board of Commissioners; and investing all excess funds.

'VERY INVOLVED'

The treasurer's office updated its software a few years ago, she said, streamlining many processes and allowing homeowners to pay taxes online. Renzelman hopes to continue that effort.

As a member of the Colorado County Treasurers' Association, she attends annual conferences about issues that affect a treasurer's office.

"I've been very involved with them for the past 10 years," Renzelman said.

She also serves as the Eagle County Public Trustee, serving as a neutral third party in processing of foreclosures and release of deeds of trust.

Renzelman has recently been enjoying, and adjusting to, an empty nest at home, with the youngest of her two children off at college. She enjoys traveling, camping, hiking and off-roading.

Since taking over as treasurer and working the position for almost 10 months, she says it's been "smooth" because of her experience.

"I just want to continue on," she said.

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.