Jefferson County Officials' Bonds and Oaths of Office, 1861-1969
Scope and Contents
This collection mainly contains bonds and oaths of office for Jefferson County’s elected and appointed officials that were filed for the record with the Clerk and Recorder, Clerk to the Board. Collection is arranged in each sub-series by name of office then chronologically within that office. There are many gaps, especially 1870s-1880s, 1902-1915 and 1930s-1940s.
Sub-series 1, Bonds and Oaths of Office for Elected and Appointed Officials (1861-1957), contains official bonds and oaths of office as well as letters requesting withdrawal or release from bonds, a list of bonded officials and a record book recording bonds of elected officials, appointments, and a few listings of school bonds issued.
Sub-series 2, Appointments (1862-1969), contains official notices of appointment to various positions within the County. Some may include salary information.
Sub-series 3, Applications for Appointment (1906-1951), contains letters of application addressed to the Board of County Commissioners by people seeking an appointed position. These may include citizen petitions and letters of recommendation for applicants. Those seeking a position as Water Commissioner are requesting a recommendation to the Governor from the Board of County Commissioners.
Sub-series 5, Resignations and Revocations (1862-1956), contains resignation letters of elected or appointed officials and notices of revocation of appointment.
Name index has been created for this collection. The index also contains the names of officials whose oath of office documentation can be found in other collections along with the information on where to find that information.
- Record Keeping: 1861-1969
Conditions Governing Access
Archives collection material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available for use by appointment in the reading room.
Biographical / Historical
According to the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S. 30-10-110), before performing any duties of the office, every county officer must execute and deposit an official bond on or before the day of commencement of the term for which the officer was elected. The officer must also take an oath or affirmation in front of an officer authorized to administer oaths, and deposit it with the official bond. In lieu of a bond, a county may purchase crime insurance coverage of behalf of county officers and county employees to protect the people of the county from any malfeasance on the part of the officer while in office or employees. A deputy appointed to office, before entering upon the deputy’s duties under such appointment, must also take the like oath of office as that required to be taken by the appointing officer and shall deposit it in the office where the oath of such officer is deposited. In Jefferson County, these oaths are deposited with the Clerk to the Board.
2.70 Cubic Feet (6 Document Boxes)
Language of Materials
This collection contains official bonds and oaths of office for Jefferson County’s elected and appointed officials filed for the record with the Clerk and Recorder, Clerk to the Board. Collection also includes official notices of appointment; letters of application, citizen petitions and letters of recommendations to the BCC regarding appointed positions; and resignation letters and notices of revocation of appointment.
Arranged chronologically within each elected or appointed position.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred to the Archives by the Clerk and Recorder's office in 1998 and 2010.
Processed by Ronda Frazier in 2019. Revised 2021.
The index was created for Series 227, however, oaths found in other collections are also included in the index, indicated in red. The series and box numbers of the other collection are listed in the box number column of the index. Both numbers are needed in order to find the document.
- Bonds -- Jefferson County (Colo.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- County government -- Jefferson County (Colo.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jefferson County (Colo.) -- Genealogy Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jefferson County (Colo.) -- Officials and employees -- Oaths Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Oaths Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Jefferson County (Colo.). Clerk and Recorder. Recording (Organization)
- Jefferson County (Colo.). Clerk and Recorder. Clerk to the Board (Organization)
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- Script of description
Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository
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