Jeffco Hall of Fame

Welcome to the Jeffco Hall of Fame page, where we display the awards, commendations and certifications received by Jefferson County employees. We are excited for you to be able to see all of the amazing work and talent that we have here at Jefferson County.


Budget Document Awarded National Award

The Government Finance Officers Association awarded Jefferson County the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget.

The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. In order to receive the budget award, the entity had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. These guidelines are designed to assess how well an entity's budget serves as:

  • a policy document
  • a financial plan
  • an operations guide
  • a communications device

Budget documents must be rated "proficient" in all four categories, and in the fourteen mandatory criteria within those categories, to receive the award.

When a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award is granted to an entity, a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation is also presented to the individual(s) or department designated as being primarily responsible for having achieved the award. This award was presented to Mary O'Neil, director of Strategy, Planning & Analysis.

Jeffco Elections Wins National Innovation Award

The Jefferson County Elections division is the recipient of a 2020 Clearinghouse Award from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, a federal body that recognizes election administrators across the country for innovation.

Jeffco was honored for its online chat service that allowed voters to interact virtually with a live elections representative by visiting during the 2020 state primary and general election. Voters could then access information such as drop box locations or registration forms via electronic means, which many said was more effective than over the phone.

“Our team continues to set the bar for accessible, secure, and efficient elections, and I could not be prouder of them,” Clerk and Recorder George Stern said. “The online chat feature was a hit with Jeffco voters and we certainly plan to bring it back in future elections.”

Election staffers borrowed the idea from the Jeffco Motor Vehicle division—also part of the Clerk and Recorder department—which uses an online chat feature to assist hundreds of DMV customers on a daily basis. In addition to convenience, the elections chat provided another safe way for voters to get their questions answered amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EAC, which was established by Congress in 2002, is an independent, bipartisan commission that serves as a national clearinghouse of best practices for local election officials.

  1. 2020
  2. 2019
  3. 2018
  4. 2017


Jefferson County Recognized for Innovation in Local Government

Jefferson County received an award for Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation from the Alliance for Innovation (AFI). The county was honored during AFI’s annual Transforming Local Government (TLG) conference, this year held virtually, for the Getting from How? To Wow! | Building a Culture of Innovation program and the impact it has made on our community. 

The program used a multi-faceted approach to encourage a culture of innovation at Jefferson County. It built a support system to launch the creative ideas of Jeffco staff, including training, recognition programs, collaboration with CU Denver on a human-centered design project approach and other collaborative opportunities. Successes from the program, to date, include a 20 percent increase in employees’ beliefs that Jeffco is an innovative place to work, 130 staff trained, $1.3 million in annual savings, and 14 innovation projects.

AFI received more than 100 nominations for the Innovation Awards and Jeffco’s innovation program was one of eleven projects selected for demonstrating positive community and organizational impacts, quantum leaps in creativity, and tangible results toward building antifragile communities.

  • Winning department: Business Innovation and Technology - Resilient Jeffco Program  

Jeffco Receives Excellence Award from CGAIT

The county received an excellence award from the Colorado Government Association of Information Technology (CGAIT) for providing exceptional customer service for equipping and empowering employees to work remotely. The county was catapulted into working remotely and providing our services virtually. Jeffco's Business Innovation & Technology (BIT) department united to support this immense task. 

BIT needed to provide training, documentation and communications to support employees on the tools and services needed to work remotely. Jeffco's Chief Information Security Officer increased awareness about scams around the country. BIT staff established an unyielding dedication to serving our partners and the surrounding community. The team worked countless hours including long days and weekends to implement its tasks 

  • Winning department: Business Innovation and Technology