Betty Diller sworn in as county treasurer

Treasurer-elect Betty Diller took the oath of office Monday, and with the official swearing in complete, Diller will take office Jan. 1.

Unlike commissioners-elect Clifford Lucero and John Ranson, who will be sworn in and take office Jan. 13, statute requires the incoming treasurer to begin Jan. 1.

After Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid swore Diller in, Diller said she looked forward to taking the post and she thanked current interim treasurer Kelly Evans for helping make her transition into office as smooth as possible.

Evans challenged Diller for the office in the general election — Diller earning a place on the ballot through party nomination, while Evans accessed the ballot as a write-in candidate.

Both candidates became viable after former Archuleta County Treasurer Lois Baker resigned before Judge Jim Denvir, July 2.

Baker faced misdemeanor charges she violated state statute in 2006 while serving as one of the county’s chief financial mangers.

Evans ultimately mounted one of the most formidable write-in campaigns in county history, earning — on the initial count — 2,300 votes to Diller’s 2,745.

With a 445-vote margin and questions regarding “voter intent,” Evans requested an unprecedented hand recount.

In the end, Diller remained victorious, although Evans gathered a number of additional votes in the process.

At the end of the day, Diller won the treasurer’s seat with 2,747 votes to Evans’ 2,547.

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Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid, left, administers the oath of office to incoming Archuleta County Treasurer Betty Diller during a swearing-in ceremony Monday in the courtroom at the Archuleta County Courthouse. Diller begins work in her new office Jan. 1.