Casolari will not seek another term as treasurer

Jeanne Casolari, treasurer and public trustee for Ouray County, tells a small gathering Monday that she will not seek reelection for her position. Jillian Mihelich, chief deputy in the office, announced she will be seeking the position in November's election.

Plaindealer photo by Alan Todd

by Alan Todd


Jeanne Casolari announced Monday morning on the Ouray Courthouse steps that she will not run for re-election as treasurer and public trustee for Ouray County in the 2018 election.
"I've served the county for 21 years, going on 22 years," Casolari said. She is in her third term as an elected official, and prior to that she worked 10 years as a chief deputy for the public trustee and treasurer.
"It's time to pass the torch," she said.
Casolari thanked the small gathering for their ongoing support, along with her staff.
After Casolari addressed the group, Jillian Mihelich, currently serving as Casolari’s chief deputy, announced she plans to seek the position vacated by Casolari.
"It was more than eight years ago I saw an ad in the Plaindealer," she recalled. "I said, 'I want that job.'"
Mihelich said several years ago she converted the office from hand-written ledger books to Excel spreadsheets, improving balancing and tracking.
Casolari's term ends Dec. 31. She plans to visit family and friends, work on creative projects, garden and hike.