Laramie County Clerk Debra Lee today announced her candidacy for the Laramie County Clerk’s position.
Lee has served as county clerk since June 8, 2016, when she was appointed to fill the vacancy created due to the unfortunate passing of long-time clerk Debbye Lathrop.
“I have had the honor of serving as Laramie County Clerk for nearly two years and have steadily worked to increase transparency, integrity, and to make our government processes more efficient and streamlined,” Lee said.
Before her appointment, Lee was employed with the election division of the Wyoming Secretary State, served as executive assistant to the State Auditor, was communications director for the Wyoming Education Association, and worked internationally, helping developing countries organize and conduct credible elections. Growing up in an Air Force family, she travelled throughout the United States and lived overseas, but has always called Cheyenne ‘home.’
Lee said she is proudest of the work accomplished with the staff of the Laramie County Clerk’s office and of the public services they provide.
“Working as a team, we successfully implemented vote center polling places for Laramie County elections, launched electronic recording of Laramie County land records, ensured the first-ever early completion of the county’s audit report, and preserved years of important county records making them easily accessible to the public using online resources,” Lee said. “We are now preparing to have the county’s budget in place before the beginning the July 1 fiscal year—something that will benefit all county programs and the public we serve.”
Under Lee’s leadership, the Laramie County Clerk’s office also adopted an online program for board of commissioner meetings that provides the public with ready access to documents and a searchable database of actions taken during meetings.
“I am constantly working to improve Laramie County’s services, accountability and transparency, and encourage our team to the same,” Lee said. “Laramie County is fast approaching 100,000 residents and we need new systems, procedures and processes to better serve the needs of our growing population. The selection of new voting equipment and ensuring the security of our elections are among the major challenges we face. I have the vision, experience and skills to meet those challenges.”