Friendly voice saying goodbye to Summit
SILVERTHORNE – When you call the Colorado State Patrol office in Silverthorne, a friendly voice answers. For 24 years, Linda Clark has kept the local officers in line by dispatching calls all over the tri-county area to her crew of troopers.
Clark, who moved to Silverthorne in 1979 as a staff assistant, is leaving in August, ending her long run in Summit County.
She and her two daughters, Katie, 11, and Michaela, 15, will be moving to Broomfield, where Clark will continue working for the state patrol.
“Summit County’s been great,” Clark said. “After being here 24 years, we’ve built some great friendships. Now, we’re going to try city life.”
Clark was instrumental in starting the child passenger safety awareness program, even visiting new mothers and fathers at the hospital to advise them how to buckle up their newborn. She also initiated the Central Mountain Safe Kids group, which coordinates local law enforcement and fire departments in educating parents.
She’s seen a lot change since she moved here from Idaho Springs, her birthplace.
“There’s stoplights,” she said. “There never used to be stoplights up here before. I think we went from a small mountain community in the 1970s to a
Clark was married to Darrell Clark, a state trooper who died in 1997 from a heart attack. She said she’ll be returning to a lot of familiar faces when she arrives in Broomfield County, a common transfer spot for Summit County troopers.
“It’s not quite as scary that way,” Clark said.
Plus, she added, her daughters will have more shopping opportunities.
“They’re teenagers, or soon will be,” she joked. “They have to have their malls and places to hang out.”
Monday, from 2-4 p.m., the state patrol office in Silverthorne will host a coffee to say farewell to Clark.
Ryan Slabaugh can be contacted at (970) 668-3998 ext. 257 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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