Teller clerk steps down under recall pressure

January 24, 2013
photo - JJ Jamison Photo by Courtesy photo
JJ Jamison Photo by Courtesy photo 

On the heels of a petition for a recall election filed Tuesday by county commissioners, Teller County clerk and recorder “JJ” Jamison announced that she will resign on Feb. 1.

“I have been beat up too much and I’m not being allowed to make it right,” Jamison said.

The clerk and recorder began her tenure in Teller County in January of 2011 and received a “no confidence” evaluation from Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s office in August. An election report issued Aug.6, 2012, after an 18-month assessment, cited a lack of planning, oversight and leadership” prior to the June 26, 2012 primary election.

Gessler appointed a former Arapahoe County deputy clerk of elections to work alongside Jamison heading into last November’s general election.

Teller commissioners Dave Paul, Mark Dettenreider and Norm Steen filled the petition to recall Jamison on Tuesday with El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams. Williams’ office had been appointed by the commissioners as the designated election official.

Williams said Thursday that the petition would be evaluated and a decision made by Tuesday to determine whether or not the petition would be distributed to Teller voters.

If Jamison were not stepping down, 1,792 voters would have to sign the petition in order to force the recall election, Williams said.

A spokeswoman for Teller County said the commissioners would not be available for comment until Monday.

Jamison said she would offer a more in depth statement at a later date.
“I’m taking my time formulating comments,” she said.

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