Sallie Clark was elected to serve as an El Paso County Commissioner in November of 2004 and re-elected in 2008 and 2012 to represent District 3. She served as Board Chair of the Commission in 2006, also serving as Vice Chair of the Board of Commissioners and is currently in leadership as Third Commissioner. Sallie was the fourth woman to have been elected to 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 west area 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 El Paso 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 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.
Her local interest in public service began with her neighborhood advocacy to save Fire Station 3. In addition to her previous service on the Colorado Springs City Council, she has served on various local and state organizations and committees. These include the State of Colorado’s Travel and Tourism Authority, Organization of Westside Neighbors, School District 11 Business Sounding Board, the Westside Schools Task Force, the National Fire Protection Association 1710 Committee, Council of Neighbors and Organizations, Springs Community Improvements Program Public Safety Committee, the Dr. Lester L. Williams Fire Museum Board, the Colorado Restaurant Association-Pikes Peak Chapter, the National League of Cities Public Safety Committee, and with her husband, founded the Colorado Bed and Breakfast Association in 1987 and currently serves on the association's board.
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), was selected as one of the Colorado Springs Business Journal's "Women of Influence" in 2010 and in 2012 was honored with the “Woodsum Daniel Award” and “Woman of Distinction” from the non-profit agency Hope & Home for her work with District Attorney Dan May to prevent child abuse through the Not One More Child community collaborative.
Liaison to: El Paso County Sheriff, Coroner, Department of Human Services Advisory Committee, Citizen Outreach Group, Peak Vista Community Health Centers, El Paso County Public Health, Pikes Peak Library District and Parks Board, among others.
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Commissioner Sallie Clark can be reached at:
200 South Cascade Avenue, Suite 100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2202
Phone: (719) 520-6413
Fax: (719) 520-6397
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