All staff related to the Public Trustee functions have been consolidated into the County Treasurer’s Office, led by Mark Lowderman. Effective immediately, all services related to the Public Trustee will be met in the Treasurer’s Office located at the Citizens Service Center, 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road. The sole exception to this will be one foreclosure sale on December 18, 2019, which will be held at 105 E. Vermijo Ave.
“I’m thrilled citizens will be able to enjoy a one-stop-shop for both treasury and public trustee services,” said Treasurer Lowderman. “Not only will citizens see better service by this move, but they will also see a smaller, more responsive government.”
For years, the Public Trustee for El Paso County—along with the other large Colorado counties—was appointed by the Governor. However, last year, the Colorado General Assembly passed a bill to designate the County Treasurer as the Public Trustee. The bill was to be effective January 1, 2020, but the existing gubernatorial appointee resigned early. Gov. Jared Polis named Mark Lowderman Public Trustee earlier this year ahead of the bill’s schedule.
The Public Trustee is a service that protects those who have borrowed money to buy properties, as well as lienholders and lenders. The duties are funded through the fees charged for services. Three public trustee employees will be transferred over to the Treasurer’s Office, and any other staff support needed for the public trustee work will come from pre-existing Treasury staff.