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Gallo-Vasquez hopes to be next clerk-recorder
This year's election will mark the first time in nearly 30 years that current Colusa County Clerk-Recorder Kathie Moran's name will not appear on the ballot.
Assistant County Clerk-Recorder Rose Gallo-Vasquez, the only candidate who has filed for the office at this time, knows that it will be hard to replace Moran.
"I think that she leaves some big shoes to fill, even with me, who has been here working beside her for eight years. With Kathie, and all the experience and knowledge she brings ... The shoes are big. She's got knowledge that just takes time to acquire," Gallo-Vasquez said.
Even so, Gallo-Vasquez believes she is the one for the job.
"Being in a job like this, she knows it and I know it, you have to be here every day. That's something I admire (about Kathie). She leads by example. I plan to do that also," Gallo-Vasquez said. "I have the support from Kathie and my front office to run. If I didn't have that, I wouldn't be running."
Gallo-Vasquez has been working for Colusa County for a total of 19 years. She started at the county's health department, where she spent four years after receiving her associate's degree from Yuba College, before moving to the clerk's office — her place of work for the past 15 years.
She spent her first seven years in the office as a deputy clerk-recorder, after which she became the assistant county clerk-recorder.
"The past eight years, I've been working (in that capacity), where I have worked more extensively with the elections," Gallo-Vasquez said.
Gallo-Vasquez's primary goal if she is elected is to maintain the precedent for the level of service that the Clerk-Recorder's office has provided under Moran.
"The level of service we provide is really a high-level one. We try to make everything as easy as possible, to assist everybody and make things easy on everybody," Gallo-Vasquez said.
She added the office would need to stay up to date with the laws and regulations and changes to them, continue to protect Colusa County's records and ensure that they continue to be readily available to the public, and look into any upgrades that would help facilitate that.
"Really, I have already been working with Kathie to do all of that. It will just be a continuation of the level of service and protection of records we have already been providing," Gallo-Vasquez said.