To perform all functions accorded by Colorado State Statutes and to carry out all functions and exercises conferred by deeds of trust. To release deeds of trust whenever requested by a beneficiary or by a legal holder of the indebtedness. To perform foreclosures on deeds of trust in an orderly and timely fashion as directed by State Statute. To charge the correct fees for processing all documents and to post all collections to the proper accounts. To deliver all documents that are processed by the Public Trustee to the County Clerk and Recorder for recording as public record. To keep foreclosure records open for inspection by the public.


Contact us:

Karen Arnold - Public Trustee
Rhonna Waldref - Deputy Public Trustee

Located in the Treasurer's Office

555 Main Street
PO Box G
Meeker, CO 81641

(970) 878-9660

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Public Trustee FAQ'S (Frequently Asked Questions)

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What are some of the costs of the Public Trustee?

Fees are typically submitted to the Public Trustee by the lender for releases, or by the attorney for foreclosure. Below is a chart of some of the fees: 

Release of Deed of Trust -  $26.00 FOR 1 PAGE RELEASE;
                                            $5.00 FOR EACH ADD'L PAGE

Start of Foreclosure - up to $500.00

Curing Default (Withdrawal) - $41.00 FOR 1 PAGE

Certificate of Redemption - $36.00

Confirmation Deed - $36.00

The Public Trustee has many other fees, depending on the function performed. All fees and costs are set by Colorado State Statute.

My mortgage has been paid off; how is the release handled?

Generally, your mortgage company will present the information pertaining to your paid-off loan to the Public Trustee for release. After recording the release, this lien will no longer be attached to your property. If a mailing address is provided by your mortgage company at this time, the release will be returned to you.

My home is going to be Foreclosed; what should I do?

From the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline: Contact the Colorado Foreclosure Hotline, at 1-877-601-HOPE. This is a FREE service for homeowners who have missed a payment or are in danger of foreclosure. CALL FOR FREE ADVICE. The Colorado Foreclosure Hotline connects homeowners with trained professional housing counselors. These counselors will help borrowers understand their options while working with the borrower and the lender to help avoid foreclosure. Call toll-free at 1-877-601-HOPE, and for more information, visit Colorado Foreclosure Hotline.
ALSO: From John W. Suthers, Colorado Attorney General: You might receive offers of "help" from complete strangers in the mail, over the telephone, and at your door. BEWARE: Some of these people may attempt to steal the equity you have built up in your home. Don't sign any documents until you have had time to review them carefully. Contact a HUD-approved housing counselor or private attorney to help you review and understand the documents. Remember - Any kind of "Deed" (warranty deed or quit claim deed) means you are selling your home. Contact your lender, explain your financial situation, and work out a payment plan. 

A foreclosure against your home officially begins when a document called a "Notice of Election and Demand" is recorded. You will receive formal notice of this document from your Public Trustee. The foreclosure sale of your property will take place between 110 and 125 calendar days (for non-agricultural property) after the Notice is recorded. The law gives you the right to bring your loan current to stop the foreclosure. To do this, you MUST file a Notice of Intent to Cure with your Public Trustee AT LEAST 15 days before the scheduled sale date. 

Contact the Public Trustee's office for further information.
Also, contact your Attorney for assistance.

I want to purchase a property at the sale: what is the process?

Public Trustee sales are scheduled for Wednesday's at 10:00 A.M, in the Public Trustee's office. Please call the day before the sale to see if it is still scheduled.The sale is an auction: that is, anyone can bid over the opening-bid amount that is submitted by the lender. If you are the successful bidder, you must be prepared to tender CERTIFIED FUNDS by 12:00 noon on the day of the sale. If funds are not timely received, the sale will be awarded to the next successful bidder. A Certificate of Purchase will be issued to the successful bidder. After the end of all redemption periods, a Confirmation Deed will be issued to the holder of the Certificate of Purchase.