Vail Daily letter: Simonton for treasurer
October 20, 2016
I've known Teak Simonton for close to 20 years. In fact, I met her when she was running the ski shop/rental operation at the top of Bridge Street. Subsequently, she was promoted to district manager responsible for 10 ski shops throughout the mountains. With the benefit of that private sector background in a very customer service intensive business, Teak took on a notoriously bureaucratic county department. I mean, heck, the DMV is a cliche. In fairly short order, and with no specific experience in issuing license plates, maintaining property records, or running elections, Teak had turned the Clerk's Office into a pleasant, efficient and customer-service-oriented operation. In fact, if you have had a positive experience with the Clerk's Office, you have Teak's leadership and customer service ethic to thank. I would argue that Teak is the best senior leader at the county, period.
I don't for a second doubt that Teak can bring the same leadership to the Treasurer's Office. This far into a career in the county building, Teak knows how to work within the occasionally ossified bureaucracy to effect real positive change, and create a culture that shows a friendly and helpful face to those of us who must deal with the county.
While we will all miss her presence at the Clerk's Office, I strongly urge you to vote Teak for treasurer. Based on her record of leadership, organizational management, and customer-service focus, we will all benefit.
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