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Joseph D. Findley

Joseph D. Findley graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 2005.  He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism with honors (News Editorial) and a Bachelor of Art in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999.  Mr. Findley served as the Larimer County Deputy Public Administrator from March 31, 2008 until September 21, 2019.  He was appointed as the Larimer County Public Administrator on September 21, 2019 and continues to serve in that capacity.

While at the University of Wyoming College of Law, Mr. Findley published The Do-Not-Call Registry and Its Overwhelming Support: This Time Congress Really Means It, 5 Wyo. Law. Rev. 2 (2005); and received admission into the national Order of the Barristers for his performance in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition. He was awarded the 2012 Sally Henze Memorial Award by the Larimer County Adult Protection Team in recognition of his work to benefit at-risk adults in Larimer County.  His law practice focuses on estate planning, probate, and related area of law.  He has served as board president of Meals on Wheels of Loveland and Berthoud, Inc.; obtained the rank of 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo (Chang Hon); and lives in Loveland, Colorado, with his wife and two children.

Kate E. Smith

Kate E. Smith concentrates her practice in estate planning, trust and estate administration, protective proceedings (guardianship and conservatorship), probate litigation, and adoption law.

Ms. Smith is currently Deputy Public Administrator for Larimer County. Ms. Smith also currently serves as a court-appointed visitor and court-appointed counsel for guardianship and conservatorship proceedings in the District Courts of Larimer County. Ms. Smith has also been involved in numerous litigation matters throughout the Front Range and Metro Denver. She is an active member of the Larimer County Bar Association’s Trust and Estate Section and Young Lawyers Division as well as the Colorado Bar Association’s Trust and Estate and Elder Law Sections.

Ms. Smith previously clerked for two District Court Judges within the Eighth Judicial District. Ms. Smith earned her law degree, graduating Order of St. Ives (top 10%), from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2010. While in law school, Ms. Smith interned for former Chief Justice Mary Mullarkey of the Colorado Supreme Court. Ms. Smith received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honors History from the University of Michigan.

Rikke M. Liska

Rikke M. Liska focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, and elder law (Guardianships and Conservatorships). Ms. Liska grew up in Loveland, Colorado and received a B.A. in speech communication from Colorado State University in 2007. She graduated from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in 2011 with the highest pro bono distinction.

Ms. Liska serves on the Larimer County Executive Board.  She is an active member of the Trust and Estate and Elder Law sections of the Colorado Bar Association, the Trust and Estate section of the Larimer County Bar Association, and the Larimer County Women’s Bar Association. Rikke enjoys sharing her legal knowledge and regularly teaches Continuing Legal Education classes. Ms. Liska is also an active member of the ballet company at Canyon Concert Ballet.

William G. Kaufman


Bill Kaufman has been a resident of Colorado since 1976, and a practicing attorney for almost that entire period.

Bill was born and raised in Nappanee, Indiana where he graduated from high school in 1967.  He has a degree in political science and history from Indiana State University (1972), and a law degree from Emory University (1976).

Bill was a member of the United States Air Force Reserves from 1969 through 1977, where he was a flying medic, and rose to the rank of staff sergeant.

Bill has been active in the Methodist Church; the Rotary Club of Loveland; the Boy Scouts of America where he has been a Scoutmaster, and is presently the Longs Peak Council Attorney and a member of the Board of Trustees.  Bill is also an Eagle Scout.

Bill has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels of Loveland/Berthoud, and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the McKee Medical Center Foundation.

Bill served two terms as a member of the Colorado Transportation Commission from 2003 to 2011

Bill served a six year term on the Supreme Court Nominating Commission.  This commission is responsible for interviewing and recommending candidates to the Governor for each vacancy on the Colorado Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.

Governor Bill Owens appointed Bill to the Colorado Quarter Commission.  This commission helped Governor Owens choose the design for the Colorado quarter.

During his tenure in the General Assemble and afterwards, Bill served 8 years as one of six commissioners from Colorado on the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.

Also, from 1999 – 2000, Bill served as a member of the board of directors of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority.  The Authority provides loans for the development of housing and small businesses throughout Colorado.

From 1992 through 2000, Bill represented Estes Park and Loveland in the Colorado House of Representatives.  During his four terms in office he served eight years on the House Judiciary Committee, four years as vice-chairman and two years as chairman; four years on the House Transportation and Energy Committee; eight years on the Joint House/Senate Committee on Legal Services, one year as chairman; two years on the Local Government committee; and as Speaker pro-tem of the House of Representatives in the 1999 – 2000 term.

Following his service in the Colorado General Assembly, for two years Bill served as executive director of Bighorn Action, the political arm of the Bighorn Center in Denver, Colorado.  During his term as executive director, the Bighorn Center was instrumental in passing the Colorado No-call List legislation.  Bill has also been active for many years in the Bighorn Fellows program.  This program trains Colorado citizens to be leaders in their communities and in the state.

Presently, Bill resides in Windsor with his wife, Mary, and maintains a law practice in Loveland.