Monday, November 6, 2017

Sallie Clark takes job with U.S. Department of Agriculture

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click to enlarge Sallie Clark: Joining the federal payroll. - COUTESY EL PASO COUNTY
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  • Sallie Clark: Joining the federal payroll.
Former three-term El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark has been named the U.S. Department of Agriculture's state director of rural development in Colorado.

Clark, who finished her last term in January, was appointed to the post by President Donald Trump and starts work from her Denver office on Nov. 13. The agency is based in Denver but operates from six officers around the state. She says she'll commute to Denver from her home in Colorado Springs, at least initially.

"Its focus is to help rural communities," Clark, reached by phone, says. "I am the presidential appointment for the state of Colorado."

She notes the USDA provides grants, small business loans, aid with infrastructure, schools and water projects.

"I really have a passion for small communities, and this is a way for me to give back and do something good for Colorado," she says.

Rumors have floated that Clark might be planning to run for Congressional District 5 in 2018, a seat currently held by fellow Republican Doug Lamborn. Clark dismisses that talk, and says she plans to focus on her new job.

Here's a news release about the appointment:

Sallie Clark is a former El Paso County, Colorado commissioner, city councilmember, well known small-business entrepreneur and past President of the National Association of Counties (NACo).

Sallie Clark has extensive background at all levels of government, has a broad understanding of rural issues and federal agencies and has the reputation as a hard-working public servant. Sallie and her husband, Welling, have made Colorado their home since 1985 and own and operate a successful business located in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Through her long standing relationships developed through NACo and Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI), she has represented rural America. Sallie is well-respected by her peers and her community as evidenced by her continued service on many non-profit and government committees.

“It is a honor to be selected by the President to fill the extremely important role of State Director of Rural Development in Colorado", says Clark. "I look forward to working with the President, Secretary of Agriculture, and the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development to increase rural prosperity and enhance customer service through innovation and partnerships in our state."

More information: Sallie Clark was elected to serve as an El Paso County Commissioner in November of 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012 to represent District 3. She served as Board Chair and Vice Chair. Sallie was the fourth woman to have been elected to serve on the El Paso County Board of Commissioners and is the third woman to have served as Chair of the Board. In 2015 she was elected as President of National Association of Counties (NACo), the first Coloradan to have been elected as NACo president.

Sallie became a military wife in 1980 when she married Welling Clark. She is a long-time resident of Colorado and has family roots in Colorado; her father was born and raised in Pueblo and she spent every summer on her grandmother’s farm there. She loves Colorado, and continues to appreciate our open spaces, mountain scenery and especially the Pikes Peak area. She enjoys hobbies such as cooking, hiking, biking, horseback riding, tennis, golf and reading. Sallie is a small-business entrepreneur and has owned her own business since 1986. Sallie worked in the medical profession and the cancer field, prior to opening her own business.

Awards and recognition:
1998 Tourism Industry Award from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau
1999 40 Achievers under 40 Award from Colorado Springs Business Journal
2001 Denver Post’s People to Watch
2002 Woman of Distinction Award from Soroptimist International
2004-2005 Woman of Distinction Award from American Heart Association "Go Red for Women" campaign
2006-2007 United Way Campaign Council Chair
2006 Accolades Award 2006 from the Southern Colorado Women's Chamber
2010 Elected Official of the Year from the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce
2010 Heroes of Mental Health Award from Pikes Peak Behavioral Health/Aspen Pointe
2011 Women of Influence Colorado Springs Business Journal
2012 Woodsum-Daniel Award to protect children from child abuse and neglect
Best Civic Leader, Best Role Model and Best County Commissioner from Colorado Springs Independent Newspaper
Graduate of the 2015 Harvard Kennedy School of Business, Senior Executive Leadership Program Graduate

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