Meet Your Clerk and Chief Deputy

Steve Schleiker, Clerk and Recorder

Steve Schleiker took office as El Paso County Clerk and Recorder in January 2023. Previously he served two terms as the El Paso County Assessor and worked in the Assessor’s Office since 1999. During that time Steve served as a Personal Property Appraiser, Personal Property Manager, Office Operations Manager, and Deputy Assessor. He is currently a licensed appraiser in the State of Colorado. During his tenure as our Assessor, he was the recipient of the 2017 Downtown Civil Servant Star Award and was also named the 2019 Assessor of the Year for the State of Colorado.

Fiscal responsibility and government efficiency are two key initiatives in Steve’s portfolio. He has helped the County usher in new technologies that have provided greater transparency and efficiencies in the appraisal processes. He returned over $650,000 back to the county general fund by the end of 2022. As Clerk and Recorder, he incorporates these initiatives and others including customer service and effectiveness into the operations of Motor Vehicle, Elections, Recording and Clerk to the Board. He will identify and implement new approaches to reduce costs and continue the office’s vision for innovation.

Citizens can be assured that Steve will protect their democratic right to vote and reinforce the commitment of the Clerk’s Office to conduct transparent, accurate, fair, and secure elections. While fulfilling the statutory requirements, of each department he will strive to provide efficient, personable service to customers and build relationships within the community. Steve will liaison with the state legislative branch of government to ensure laws impacting the Clerk’s Office are in the best interest of our citizens and support the local and state structure.

Steve has served the public throughout his career. After graduating from Widefield High School in 1987, he joined the United States Marine Corps where he received numerous awards and was a decorated veteran from Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern Watch, and Deny Flight. In 1993, Steve was named first runner-up for the John W. Finn Aviation Ordnance Man of the Year award for the United States Navy and Marine Corps. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology Management, a Master’s Degree in Project Management, and an Executive Master’s in Business Administration.

​Steve is active in the community and enjoys living on the west side of Colorado Springs, where he is a member of Chapel of our Savior and serves on several local boards. Steve is a member of CATA (Colorado Association of Tax Appraisers), CAREA (Colorado Association of Real Estate Appraisers), IAAO (International Association of Assessing Officers), past President of CAA (Colorado Assessors Association), and current Treasurer for the CAA (Colorado Assessors Association).

Mary Bartelson, Chief DeputyMary Bartelson, Chief Deputy and Director of Operations

Mary Bartelson holds dual roles as Director of Operations (2015) and Chief Deputy (2017) for the Clerk and Recorder’s Office. She has extensive experience coordinating operations at our four branch offices, including Elections, Recording, Motor Vehicle and Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners, and six support departments. Her tenure spans more than 30 years during which she also held the position of Purchasing and Facilities Supervisor.

Being integral to decisions made for the Clerk’s Office, Mary interacts with other County offices to accomplish the projects and operational goals for the Clerk and Recorder. Her relationship building and technical experience in so many areas are a testament to her ability to represent our office as Chief Deputy. Mary excels at complex project management with organization, professionalism and fiscal responsibility.

Some of the largest projects executed under Mary’s direction included opening the Fort Carson Branch in 2016 and relocating the main Clerk’s Office to Citizens Service Center in 2011. She also coordinates the installation of 24/7 mail ballot droop-off boxes throughout the county. In the past, Mary had a lead role in establishing the Powers Branch (from its original Widefield location) and the opening of the North, Union Town Center Branch (from the Chapel Hills Mall office).

Mary has achieved a certification in CERA (Certified Elections/Registration Administrator). She holds an Associate Degree in Administration. She has been recognized with awards that demonstrate her accomplishments, including Leader of the Second Quarter in 2014, Employee of the Year in 2009 and Employee of the Fourth Quarter in 2006.

Mary is a Colorado native. She has been married more than 30 years and has a son and a daughter.