Sallie Clark, Board Chair
Clark was elected as an El Paso County Commissioner
in November of 2004 to represent District 3. She
also serves as Board Chair of the Commission. Her
district encompasses western El Paso County, including
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, from the Turkey Creek area on the
south to the Air Force Academy on the north.
As a Navy wife, Sallie and her husband relocated to Colorado Springs in 1985
from San Diego, California. She has been married since 1980 to her husband,
Welling Clark. She has family roots in Colorado; her father was born and raised
in Pueblo, Colorado. Her political life began early when her school-teacher
father, Tom Blackman, was elected as a City Councilman and Mayor of the town
where she grew up. Although born in Long Beach and raised in the small town of
Seal Beach, California, she spent every summer on her grandmother’s farm
in Pueblo. She grew to love 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 and operated her own business since 1986, Holden House Bed & Breakfast
Inn, located on the historic Westside. Her local interest in public service began
with the well-known fight to save Fire Station 3. In addition to previously
being elected to the Colorado Springs City Council, she has served on various
boards and committees; the State of Colorado’s Travel and Tourism Authority,
the Organization of Westside Neighbors, the School District 11 Business Sounding
Board and the Westside Schools Task Force, the National Fire Protection Association
1710 Committee, the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, the Springs Community
Improvements Program Public Safety and Community Enhancements Committees, the
Lester Williams Fire Museum Board, the Colorado Restaurant Association’s
Pikes Peak Chapter, the National League of Cities Public Safety Committee, and
with her husband, founded the Colorado Bed and Breakfast Association in 1987.
She is also an instructor and small-business consultant for aspiring bed and
breakfast innkeepers. Sallie received an Associate's Degree from Bryman College.
She previously worked in the medical profession for the director of the San Diego
Hospice in the cancer field, prior to opening her own business.
Sallie Clark received the "2002 Woman of Distinction Award" from Soroptimist
International, was named one of the Denver Post’s People to Watch 2001
(the only Colorado Springs resident to be so honored), has received the Bronze
Award for “Best Civic Leader" and "Best Role Model” from the Colorado
Springs Independent Newspaper for consecutive years, and was presented with the "Tourism
Industry Award" from the Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1998.
Sallie is a past recipient of the Colorado Springs Business Journal “40
Achievers Award“ and recently was nominated for the Business Journal’s “2004
Women of Influence Award”.
Commissioner Clark currently serves as liaison to the offices of the County Treasurer,
Coroner, Assessor and Surveyor. Her additional duties include the Pikes Peak
Rural Transportation Authority, the Department of Human Services, the Pikes Peak
Water Authority, the 911-Authority, and the El Paso County Emergency Services
Agency, among others.