By Beth Dodd:
Woodland Park’s City Clerk Cindy Morse is retiring after 33 years of service to the community. A public celebration in her honor will be held at the Ute Pass Cultural Center on Wednesday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m.
Morse started her career with Woodland Park in July 1981 when she was hired as the city manager’s secretary. She became the city clerk in 1984. In general, the city clerk keeps the city’s official records, administers city contracts, and receives legal documents on behalf of the city. She also runs the city’s elections, issues liquor licenses, and is the assistant city manager. The job also includes attending city council meetings, taking roll calls, and keeping meeting minutes.
Speaking of those many city council meetings, according to City Manager David Buttery, Morse has been to 877 of them. Over the years, she has typed up 11,401 pages of meeting minutes, and worked with 39 city councilors, 8 mayors, and 6 city managers. Morse has seen the city through the Hayman and Waldo Canyon fires, the development of Wal-Mart and Safeway, and the annexations of the golf course and Sturman Industries, and too many other projects to name.
“She has taught me so much about how to do things right in the city, which is what she does best,” said Mayor Neil Levy at Morse’s final City Council meeting on November 20.
The city clerk’s job would have been enough to occupy most people, but Morse also raised three children with her husband Terry and is active in community and civic life.
Morse became one of only 37 master municipal clerks in Colorado in 2004. Morse has been secretary, vice president, and president of the statewide Colorado Municipal Clerk’s Association. She was an active member of the group’s ‘Train the Trainer’ program, teaching other municipal clerks throughout Colorado, and worked on their legislative committee. She was honored in 2001 as Colorado’s Municipal Clerk of the Year.
Morse also serves as chairman of the board for the Colorado Intergovernmental Risk Sharing Agency (CIRSA), and has been on their board since 2003. She is a certified paralegal and served on the Fourth Judicial District Nominating Commission for Teller and El Paso Counties for six years following her appointment by Governor Roy Romer.
Never one to rest on her laurels, Morse is active in the local community as well. She served on the committee to build the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital, and has been chairman of the board of trustees for the hospital. She is also the chairman of the board for the Teller Senior Coalition. She previously served on the Greater Woodland Park Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors and works with the chamber’s scholarship committee to help outstanding students from Woodland Park and Cripple Creek High Schools achieve their educational goals.
Morse’s city clerk job in Woodland Park will now by taken up by Suzanne LeClercq. LeClercq has been preparing to take the reins for the past three years and has been employed as the deputy city clerk. Morse’s final act as clerk was to swear in LeClercq at the end of her last city council meeting on November 20. Earlier in the meeting, Morse was presented with a gift of roses and a surprise visit by her family.