Sallie Clark currently serves as an El Paso County, Colorado, Commissioner representing District 3. She has served as Board Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission and currently serves as Third Commissioner. Sallie first took office in 2005 as 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. Her district encompasses western El Paso County, including the central and the west areas of the City of Colorado Springs, the City of Manitou Springs, the Town of Green Mountain Falls, and the unincorporated areas in the western portion of the county, including the Turkey Canyon area on the south to the Fremont County line, the area directly south of the Air Force Academy, and the Ute Pass area on the far west to the Teller County line.
Sallie became a military wife in 1980 when she married Welling Clark. In 1985, the couple settled in Colorado Springs. She has family roots in Colorado; her father was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado 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 has owned her own small business since 1986. She operates Holden House Bed & Breakfast Inn, located on the historic Westside of Colorado Springs. She is also an instructor and small-business consultant for aspiring bed and breakfast innkeepers. Sallie previously worked in the medical profession and the cancer field, prior to opening her own business over 26 years ago.
Awards and Recognition: Sallie received the “2002 Woman of Distinction Award” from Soroptimist International, was named one of the Denver Post’s People to Watch 2001, has been awarded the “Best Civic Leader,” “Best Role Model” and “Best County Commissioner” from the Colorado Springs Independent Newspaper, and is a recipient of the “Tourism Industry Award” from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. She received the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s “40 Achievers under 40 Award“ in 1999 for her success as a small-business owner. In 2006, she received the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber “Accolades Award” and the “Woman of Distinction Award” from the American Heart Association (AHA) for her two consecutive years as co-chair of the AHA’s “Go Red for Women” campaign. She also served as the United Way Campaign Council Chair in 2006 and 2007, was presented with the “Elected Official of the Year” from the Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, received the “Heroes of Mental Health Award” from Pikes Peak Behavioral Health (Aspen Pointe) and was the selected as one of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” in 2010. The El Paso County Republicans recognized Sallie as “Republican of the Year” in 2010. She was also honored in 2011 at the annual Breakfast of Champions along with others, as a member of the “Community Benefit Initiative” committee for Peak Vista Community Health Centers. In 2012, Sallie was honored with the Woodsum-Daniel Award from Hope and Home for her work on the “Not One More Child” initiative with District Attorney Dan May and their efforts to reduce child fatalities, abuse and neglect.
Liaison to: El Paso County Sheriff, Coroner, Department of Human Services, Citizen Outreach Group, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, El Paso County Public Health, Pikes Peak Library District and the Parks Board, among others.
Local Leadership Positions
Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments and Immediate Past Chair
El Paso County Emergency Services Agency Board/Past Chair
El Paso County Public Health Board
Greater Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs and Legislative Watch Committees
Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority Board/Past Chair
City-County Arts Commission
State Leadership Positions
State of Colorado Child Welfare Allocation Committee
Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) Health and Human Services Committee Vice Chair
Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) REAL Colorado Steering Committee
Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Bail Reform Subcommittee
National Leadership Positions
National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors
National Association of Counties (NACo) Justice and Public Safety Committee and Court Subcommittee Chair
National Association of Counties (NACo) Large Urban County Caucus
National Association of Counties (NACo) Arts and Culture Commission
National Association of Counties (NACo) Membership Committee
National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans and Military Services Committee
National Association of Counties (NACo) Cybersecurity Task Force
National Association of Counties (NACo) Programs and Services Committee
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