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.


County Wins NACo Award for Unified Cellular Services Program

Jefferson County's Unified Cellular Services Program has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

NACo recognized Jefferson County's Unified Cellular Services Program winning in the County Administration and Management category for 2022. To find out more about the program, visit the NACo site

Through this project, departments found ways to reduce costs and maintain quality service. The Business Innovation and Technology's Innovation Team looks forward to collaborating with them again in the future and generating even more efficiencies and savings for the county. 

NACo selects Jeffco for 2022 Achievement Awards

The Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder’s office has been recognized with two Achievement Awards from the NACo.

The Jeffco Motor Vehicle division (DMV) was recognized in the Information Technology category for its online chat program, which enables customers to obtain assistance in real time from a live agent. Chat not only allows for state forms and other information to be shared in a convenient way, but it also relieves pressure on the call center, reducing phone wait times. Since introducing chat, the office has used it to serve more than 100,000 constituents. 

“Our team takes pride in delivering exceptional customer service, and that means making it as easy as possible to complete everyday transactions,” Clerk and Recorder George Stern said. “We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback about our online chat since it offers customers yet another alternative to visiting a DMV office.”

The Elections division won in the Civic Education and Public Information category for its mobile Voter Services and Polling Center (VSPC), which staff created by retrofitting a surplus trailer from Jeffco Open Space. The mobile VSPC allowed voters who wanted to vote in person or who required additional services to do so outside—limiting the contagion risk of COVID-19. The Elections division also created pop-up voting sites in the parking lots of its busiest locations, which substantially reduced wait times on Election Day.

“Even though the vast majority of our voters cast their ballots by mail or drop box, in-person vote centers are still an important part of the Colorado elections system,” Stern said. “I appreciate that NACo recognized how much work the Elections team put into security and accessibility.”

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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.