City Charter gives Clerk and Recorder two appointed positions
(Denver) – After conducting extensive national and local searches, Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson is pleased to announce the appointments of Amber F. McReynolds as Director of Elections and Juan Guzman as Deputy Clerk and Recorder.
“Amber McReynolds has worked her way up through the ranks of the Denver Elections Division and possesses a rare combination of experience, judgment, project management skills, and an in-depth understanding of the complex legal and policy considerations in Colorado that are so necessary in elections administration. She is a rising star in the world of elections and the City and County of Denver is fortunate to have her.” Johnson said.
McReynolds was instrumental in: the reorganization of the Elections Division following Denver voters’ repeal of the 105-year-old Election Commission; creation of Denver’s award-winning Ballot TRACE program, which allows voters to track their mail ballots through the postal system; and the implementation of a pilot program that allowed Denver’s military and overseas voters to vote in the recent municipal elections via the internet.
“I am excited to work with Clerk Johnson to deliver fair, accurate, accessible, secure and transparent elections in the City and County of Denver. Together with the support of our community partners, elected leaders in Denver and election workers, we will continue to collaborate to provide a consistent voting experience for all voters,” McReynolds said. “I have the privilege to work with an amazing staff that understands the importance of effective elections and strives to be the best in the country. We will continue to look for innovations and efficiencies while providing the highest level of customer service to our voters.”
McReynolds joined the former Denver Elections Commission as ballot coordinator in 2005. She went on to serve as operations supervisor and then deputy director before being named director of elections by former Clerk and Recorder Stephanie O’Malley. McReynolds holds a Masters degree in comparative politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is also a Certified Election Registration Administrator through the Election Center, the National Association of Election Officials.
Denver’s new Deputy Clerk and Recorder is Juan Guzman. Guzman most recently served as deputy city clerk for the City of Aurora. Guzman was instrumental in bringing Aurora’s recordkeeping into the digital age and has an extensive background in governmental and private sector information and records management. His private sector experience includes management of records retention schedules, records policies and procedures, enterprise content management, and federal records compliance for Lehman Brothers in Denver, including chain-of-custody tracking of hundreds of thousands of mortgage loan documents.
“Juan is a strategic thinker who will bring the efficiencies and procedures he created for a Fortune 500 corporation and for the City of Aurora to Denver’s Office of the Clerk and Recorder. He is a valuable addition to our team, and he will play a key role as we continue to modernize our records management processes.” Johnson said.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Office of the Clerk and Recorder for the City and County of Denver. My goal is to implement best-in-class information and records management technologies that will continue the move toward a more efficient and transparent organization,” Guzman said.
“I look forward to collaborating with many departments so that we can serve the citizens of Denver more effectively.”
Fluent in Spanish, Guzman also functioned as a Spanish interpreter for the Aurora City Clerk. He holds a Masters degree in library and information science from the University of Denver.