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Margaret Taylor Chapman Papers, 1999-2015

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Series-243

Scope and Contents

This small collection documents the appointment of Margaret Taylor Chapman to the office of Public Trustee of Jefferson County, Colorado. The collection consists of State of Colorado Executive Order D00199 Executive Department Code of Ethics (1999); Appointment letter from Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. (2007); Photographs of Public Trustee Chapman at her swearing-in ceremony, being sworn by District Court Chief Judge R. Brooke Jackson, 1st Judicial District, Division 6 (2007); three Executive Orders appointing Margaret Chapman as Public Trustee for terms ending in 2011 and 2015; and a Reprint of the State of Colorado Act Establishing the Public Trustee System (HB 48, 1894), reprinted in 1994 for the 100th anniversary of the Public Trustee System.


  • Creation: 1994-2007


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

Margaret Taylor Chapman was appointed three times to lead one of the state's busiest public trustee offices. She was first appointed in 2007 by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, reappointed in 2011 and 2012 by Governor Hickenlooper and served until her resignation in April 2018.

Chapman worked as a legislative aide for former Colorado Rep. Gwyn Green. She was assistant branch manager for TIME LIFE Libraries, Inc., a division of Time Warner, Inc. She worked for the National Association of Counties, Colorado Counties, Inc. and the Missouri Association of Counties. Chapman was also the director of education and marketing for the Colorado Association of Realtors.

Chapman earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. She was a member of the Public Trustee Association of Colorado, where she served as chair of the Forms Committee and was a member of the Legislative Committee.

Chapman was a resident of unincorporated Jefferson County for more than 40 years, and was married to William F. Chapman, Jr., who retired from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Crime Lab. In 2007, she was appointed to the Jefferson County Historical Commission and served as recording secretary and editor of the commission's Historically Jeffco magazine. She was a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Blue Spruce Chapter in Lakewood. Margaret Chapman was elected to the Jefferson County Historical Commission Hall of Fame in 2018.

(Biography from the 2018 issue of Historically Jeffco Magazine)


0.20 Cubic Feet (One small collection envelope and one oversized folder )

Language of Materials



Documents related to the appointment of Margaret Taylor Chapman to the office of Public Trustee for Jefferson County, Colorado.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Archives in 2011 and 2015 by Margaret Chapman.

Related Materials

Series 244: Reprint of Act Creating the Office of Public Trustee in Each County of This State

Processing Information

Processed by Ronda Frazier in October, 2021.

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Repository Details

Part of the Jefferson County Archives Repository

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