Information Updates

Daily Incident and Agency Updates

This website will share information updates until the permanent Fremont County website is available. A daily update will be posted.

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2022 General Election Information


Where you live will determine the style of the ballot you will receive. If you have questions as to what style you will receive please call the Fremont County Election Department at (719) 276-7340.

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Fremont County Public Health and Environment Update: September 12, 2022

Fremont County Department of Public Health and Environment (FCDPHE) will be open to the public starting September 13, 2022 at 7 a.m. FCDPHE is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. The vital records department will continue to be closed until further notice. Those in need of vital record services can contact Pueblo County Public Health and Environment at (719) 583-4555 or visit the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website for birth, death and other vital records.

FCDPHE will be reaching out to patients that had appointments between August 16 - September 12, 2022 and requested to be rescheduled for clinical services.

Please feel free to reach out to the health department at (719) 276-7450 to schedule an appointment.

Fremont County Clerk and Recorder Office Update: September 12, 2022

Fremont County Clerk and Recorder's Office Recording Division is attempting to triage the extent of the cybersecurity attack. The Recording Division is doing its best to recreate the data that was lost on August 16, 2022. If you recorded a document or know somone who recorded a document on August 16, please reach out to the Recording Division at (719) 276-7336 so we can recreate the transaction. Thank you for your hep in getting our division back up and running.

Justin D. Grantham, Clerk and Recorder

August 29, 2022 Update

Fremont County Update

Fremont County is seeing progress in restoring county systems after the cybersecurity event that occurred on August 17, 2022. “We will continue to make progress, and notify community members when county offices are back online as soon as we are safely able to do so” says Debbie Bell, Chairman of the Board.

  • Fremont County Clerk and Recorder’s Division of Motor Vehicle will be open by APPOINTMENT ONLY starting on August 31, 2022. Appointments can only be made two weeks in advance. Appointment times are Monday thru Thursday, except holidays, and between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The DMV will be open for all services except for registration renewals, duplicate registrations, and manufactured home transfers. These services will be offered at a future date.

When summoned for your appointment, please wait at the south entrance for a DMV clerk to escort you through the building. To make an appointment, follow one of the various options below:

  • Need to make an appointment using a computer? Register online or use this link https://merchant.na7.qless.com/kiosk/app/home/120

    • Once you have entered your name and cell phone number, click on “New Ownership” or “SMM/OHV” or “ACP” then click on “Schedule an appointment for another day.”

  • Want to make an appointment via a phone app?

    • Download the app called “QLESS” in your app store or apple store

    • Once you have downloaded and setup the app, click on “Schedule an appointment for another Day” under “New Ownership” or “SMM/OHV” or “ACP”

  • Need to make an appointment in person?

    • Check-in with the Tent at the South Entrance

  • Need to make an appointment by phone call?

    • This will be limited as DMV clerks are helping customers throughout the day. We will do our best and return phone calls when we can, however, most phone calls will be returned after closing. The phone number for the DMV is (719)-276-7440.

  • Need to renew your registration or get a duplicate registration?

    • Renew using our drop box. Drop off your check with your license plate number on it or drop off your check with the postcard that you received and a DMV Clerk will mail your registration to you.

    • Renew at the check-in station. Drop off your check and registration information at the check-in station and a DMV Clerk to process the transaction and mail the registration to you.

    • Renew or get duplicate registrations by using the DMV Kiosk. The kiosk is located at City Market

    • Renew, receive duplicate registrations and access other services by visiting the Colorado Motor Vehicle website.

The Fremont County Call Center hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The call center will not be staffed Friday through Sunday.

Fremont County government offices in Cañon City, Colorado continue to recover from the cybersecurity event affecting county computer systems and all county buildings remain closed. This includes administration and public health buildings.

Information Outlets

● Community members are encouraged to visit the temporary Fremont County website (https://fremontcountyco.state.co.us ) for incident updates and real-time information on the availability of county government services.

● Fremont County Call Center is available at (719) 276-7421 hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

● To learn how to protect yourself from cybercrimes visit Ready.gov or the READYColorado website.

● We encourage community members to sign up for Everbridge emergency notifications at https://go.everbridge.com/alerts

● Follow and visit Fremont County Emergency Management Facebook page.

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Treasurer Office Update: Cash payments made on August 16, 2022.

Fremont County is continuing to recover from the cyberattack and continues to assess any loss of information from the incident.

It has been determined that the accounting records of the cash payments made on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, cannot be retrieved. If you made a cash payment to the Fremont County Treasurer’s Office on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, please bring in a copy of your receipt to ensure your charges are accounted for properly.

For any questions, please contact the Fremont County Treasurer’s Office at (719) 276-7380.

September 1, 2022 Update

For Immediate Release

Sept. 1, 2022

Contact: brandi.simmons@state.co.us | 2022.FremontCountyPIO@gmail.com



Alert: BlackCat Ransomware Impacts Fremont County Systems


Cañon City, CO - In collaboration with county, state and federal partners, the Governor’s Office of Information (OIT) has determined through its investigation that the recent cybersecurity event impacting Fremont County systems was the result of BlackCat ransomware, also known as ALPHV. Fremont County incident response efforts remain in full effect and significant progress has been made.


“The BlackCat ransomware variant has recently impacted multiple jurisdictions in Colorado, so it’s imperative that every business and government agency be on high alert and take the necessary steps to protect their systems from being compromised,” stated OIT Chief Information Security Officer Ray Yepes.


Fremont County officials notified employees on Wednesday that their personal information may have been compromised as a result of the ransomware attack, along with a small number of individuals in the community. The county is preparing a mailing to notify those who may have been affected and is working closely with Experian to offer credit monitoring services.


“We thank our community for affording us the time and space to investigate the cause of the cyber event,” added Fremont County Commissioner and Chairman of the Board Debbie Bell. “We will proceed with incident response efforts to assess the overall impact and get services back online as quickly as possible.”


Fremont County is continuing to work closely with OIT, the Colorado Department of Public Safety and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to ensure that counties and municipalities across the state are aware of the threat and understand how to protect their systems from being infected with the specific BlackCat/ALPHV ransomware variant.


While ransomware attacks typically target large companies, organizations and government agencies, the resources below are available to help the public learn more about cybersecurity and staying safe online:


Visit the temporary Fremont County website at https://fremontcountyco.state.co.us for incident updates and real-time information on the availability of county services.


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Helpful Resources:

For more information about the State of Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology visit us at oit.colorado.gov and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


September 8, 2022 Update

The cyber crime that is affecting Fremont County is an active investigation. At the end of the investigation Fremont County can share the relevant information. Until then, the focus will continue to be getting the county systems and services up and running as safely and quickly as possible.


The Fremont County Clerk and Recorder’s Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) wants to further serve the community. The DMV will move the check-in desk inside the building, open the main doors to the county administration building and continue to make appointments. The division will continue with appointments only for the week of September 12, 2022 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

On Monday, September 19th the DMV will open up to walk in customers, though it still encourages customers to make appointments. DMV will accept all forms of payment and will no longer have any restrictions on services provided.

Monday, September 12th, the administration building will open to the public from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.. The sheriff’s deputy that is assigned to the administration building will be able to conduct on site VIN inspections. After checking in with the admin deputy, payments can be made at the Treasurer’s Office using cash or check.

There will be limited services until all systems have been brought online. We suggest calling ahead to confirm the department you wish to do business in is fully functional.

The Fremont County Department of Human Services is fully operational from Friday, September 2, 2022. The hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


At this time Public Health is still closed. However, the community COVID test site remains operational.


Next Tuesday is the Fremont County Commissioners meeting, September 13, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.


Make an appointment with Motor Vehicle; online method using QLESS



Make an appointment with Motor Vehicle; using the smart phone app method

  • Download the app called “QLESS” in your app store or apple store

  • Once you have downloaded and setup the app, click on “Schedule an appointment for another Day” under “New Ownership” or “SMM/OHV” or “ACP”



Online information may be found online or by calling our call center

  • County residents are encouraged to visit https://fremontcountyco.state.co.us for incident updates and real-time information on the availability of county government services. This website has additional information about Cyber Attack Response Tips and online safety.

  • Fremont County Call Center is available at (719) 276-7421. The hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. until this cyber crime event is considered complete.

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August 25, 2022 Update - Click here for today's information.

Fremont County Update

"We thank Fremont County residents for their continued patience as we navigate this complex cybersecurity event. State and county teams are still working through the threat remediation and impact analysis phases of the investigation, and we will start bringing services back online when we can do so in a safe and secure fashion. Further information about the cyberattack will be shared once the investigation is complete and we can state with certainty the full impact of what we are dealing with. Until the incident response team releases official details of the security event, we ask that Fremont County residents help us by dispelling any speculation on what occurred,” stated State Chief Information Security Officer Ray Yepes.


As staff focus on getting systems back online and completing the threat analysis, we will transition to a biweekly update. The next update is scheduled for Monday, August 29, 2022.


The Fremont County Call Center's hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The call center will not be staffed Friday through Sunday.


Debbie Bell, Fremont County Commissioner Chairperson, shared, “False rumors about this incident are flying fast and far. Little official information has been released to date, but Fremont County remains committed to bringing full transparency to the public once the investigation concludes. Official details of the cyberattack will come from the incident response team. We will shine a light on this when possible.”


“This incident has been a very heavy lift for just a few folks, but everyone is pitching in and offering to help where they can. It’s heartwarming to see how our community comes together in times of crisis to offer support, even when our expert team is bearing most of the burden. We appreciate you all!” states Bell.


Fremont County government offices in Cañon City, Colorado continue to recover from the cyberattack affecting county computer systems and all county buildings remain closed. This includes administration and public health buildings. The information outlets listed below will have the most recent updates.

Information Outlets


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Download the August 25, 2022 Daily Update.

August 24, 2022 Update - Click here for today's information.

As Fremont County continues to assess and recover from our recent cybersecurity event affecting county computer systems, all of the county’s buildings remain closed. This includes administration and public health buildings. Continue to monitor the information outlets listed below.


Debbie Bell, Fremont County Commissioner Chairperson, shared, “We held our first official board meeting on Tuesday since this devastating incident wreaked havoc with our computer systems. As good as it felt to do something normal again, we know we are still under the gun and working hard to restore county services. We will start bringing them back online as soon as possible.”

Fremont County Updates

  • The Fremont County Call Center hours of operation are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The call center will not be staffed Friday through Sunday.

  • The Fremont County Commissioners meeting was held Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. The recording of the meeting will be posted on the Fremont County YouTube channel. (https://www.youtube.com/c/FremontCountyCO)

  • The motor vehicles personnel have a tent located outside the administration building. They can take license plate tag renewal and handicap tag renewal requests. Minimal paperwork forms are available at the tent, including applications for handicap tags and power of attorney forms. County staff can look over title paperwork but will not keep it as they are unable to process it at this time. Neighboring counties cannot process title work for Fremont County residents.

Where to Get Information

DHS main number is (719) 275-2318.


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Download the August 24, 2022 Daily Update.



August 23, 2022 Update - Click here for today's information.

As Fremont County continues to assess and recover from our recent cybersecurity event affecting county computer systems, all of the county’s buildings remain closed. This includes administration and public health buildings. Continue to monitor the information outlets listed below.


“Fremont County continues to prioritize our services to all constituents, and we plan to reopen piece by piece as different systems become available. We still are working to fully understand the impact of this incident that affected all county technology systems. We have a high level of comfort in our team’s knowledge and expertise, and know they are working overtime to have us fully operational again.” states Debbie Bell Fremont County Commissioner Chairperson.


County Updates

  • The Fremont County Commissioners meeting was held this morning, Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 9:30 am. The recording of the meeting will be posted on the FremontCountyCO YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/c/FremontCountyCO

Where to Get Information

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Download the August 23 Daily Update.


August 22, 2022 Update - Click here for today's information.

As Fremont County continues to assess and recover from our recent cybersecurity event affecting county computer systems, all of the county’s buildings remain closed. This includes administration and public health buildings. Continue to monitor the information outlets listed below.


Fremont County Commissioner Chairperson, Debbie Bell, “A new work week has begun with Fremont County employees striving to restore services. Our emergency team continues its colossal efforts on our behalf. We are grateful for the hard work being done, and for our residents understanding the seriousness of the current situation.”


Where to Get Information


County Updates

  • The Fremont County Commissioners' meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 9:30 am. The front door opens at 9 a.m.

  • Behavioral Health services are available at Solvista Health or (719) 275-2351

  • The DHS is open to the public with limited technology. Many economic security and child support technicians working from home processing cases as normal. EBT cards are being issued at the office. Child welfare and adult protection caseworkers are available, and screeners are still taking calls of suspected abuse or neglect. Workforce Development case managers are also in the office. All normal services have continued while staff have worked through technological challenges.

  • COVID testing is still operating.

  • Unincorporated Fremont County is under stage 1 fire restrictions.

  • Fremont County offices will be closed to community members and visitors until further notice.

  • Emergency 911 calls remain functioning.

  • License plate renewals may be obtained through the Colorado Motor Vehicle website or at the kiosk located at City Market near the self checkout.

  • Death certificates may be obtained through the local funeral homes or through any vital records office in neighboring counties. Records are available through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.

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Download the August 22, 2022 Update.


August 21, 2022 Update - Click here for today's information

As Fremont County continues to assess and recover from our recent cybersecurity event affecting county computer systems, all of the county’s buildings remain closed. This includes administration and public health buildings. Continue to monitor the information outlets listed below.


“We anticipate buildings to still be closed Monday with no definite time frame of reopening,” said Fremont County Commissioner Chairperson, Debbie Bell.


Where to Get Information


County Updates

  • The Department of Human Services is open to the public with limited technology. Many economic security and child support technicians work from home processing cases as normal. EBT cards are being issued at the office. Child welfare and adult protection caseworkers are available, and screeners are still taking calls of suspected abuse or neglect. Workforce Development case managers are also in the office. All normal services have continued while staff has worked through technological challenges.

  • COVID testing is still operating.

  • Unincorporated Fremont County is under stage 1 fire restrictions.

  • Fremont County offices will be closed to community members and visitors until further notice.

  • Emergency 911 calls remain functioning.

  • License plate renewals may be obtained through the Colorado Motor Vehicle website or at the kiosk located at City Market near the self-checkout.

  • Death certificates may be obtained through the local funeral homes or through any vital records office in neighboring counties. Records are available through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment website.


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Download the August 21 Fremont County Daily Update.

August 20, 2022 Update - Click here for today's information

Fremont County Commissioner Chairperson, Debbie Bell, states, “We are making steady progress and are incredibly grateful for our team working around-the-clock.”


County Updates

  • Fremont County’s top priority is ensuring community members are safe and can access the county government services on which they rely. For that reason, county government officials are prioritizing the immediate services.

  • Emergency 911 calls remain functioning.

  • Fremont County offices will be closed to the public on Monday.

  • Fremont County employees are to show up to work on Monday. The business email will not be accessible but the county phone system and county employee building access remain unaffected.

  • Death certificates may be obtained through the local funeral homes or through any vital records office in neighboring counties.

  • License plate renewals may be obtained at the kiosk located at City Market (near self-checkout).

  • County residents are encouraged to visit https://fremontcountyco.state.co.us for incident updates and real-time information on the availability of county government services.

  • Fremont County Call Center is available at (719) 276-7421. No voice mail is available on this phone. If you did not get through, please call again.


Cybersecurity Event Background Information

  • Early morning on Wednesday, Aug. 17 Fremont County officials became aware of a cybersecurity event impacting county government systems. There is no indication that city- and state-managed systems are compromised.

  • An incident response team jointly led by Fremont County Emergency Management and the Governor’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has been mobilized with support from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and federal partners.

  • The incident response team is working to contain the threat, measure the impact and create a remediation plan to bring county systems back online securely.

  • Because cyberattacks are a criminal offense, an active investigation is underway and specifics regarding the nature and cause of the event cannot be disclosed at this time.



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Download the 8.20.22 Fremont County Update


August 19, 2022 Update - Click here for today's information.

Fremont County Commissioner Chairperson, Debbie Bell, states, “We are working to restore county services that were impacted by the cybersecurity event as quickly and safely as possible. We understand it can be very hard to wait, but please know we are waiting right alongside all of you. We also are seeking answers even as we are working around the clock to restore all county government services. We have every confidence in the team we have assembled and will seek resolution as quickly as possible.


"When it comes to fighting against cybercrime, we are stronger together," explains State Chief Information Security Officer Ray Yepes. "The state deployed resources to help lead response and recovery efforts in the wake of Fremont County’s cybersecurity incident, and we will continue to provide support in collaboration with our county, state and federal partners until all services are restored."


Cybersecurity Event Overview

  • Early morning on Wednesday, Aug. 17 Fremont County officials became aware of a cybersecurity event impacting county government systems. There is no indication that city- and state-managed systems are compromised.

  • An incident response team jointly led by Fremont County Emergency Management and the Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT) has been mobilized with support from the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), Colorado State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and federal partners.

  • The incident response team is working to contain the threat, measure the impact and create a remediation plan to bring county systems back online securely.

  • Because cyberattacks are a criminal offense, an active investigation is underway and specifics regarding the nature and cause of the event cannot be disclosed at this time.


County Priorities

  • Fremont County’s top priority is ensuring residents are safe and can access the county government services on which they rely.

  • For that reason, county government officials are prioritizing the immediate services to be brought online.

  • While the cybersecurity event is preventing county employees from accessing business email, phone service is unaffected, secured computers are being provided and alternative email addresses are being identified to ensure business continuity.

  • The county is committed to making county services available as quickly and safely as possible.

  • Law enforcement investigation continues as we look into the extent of the damage.


Stay Informed

  • Fremont County, OIT, DHSEM and the SEOC are committed to providing timely information as progress is made.

  • County residents are encouraged to visit the temporary Fremont County website for incident updates and real-time information on the availability of county government services.

  • Fremont County Call Center is available at (719) 276-7421.


“We appreciate your patience as we work our way through this very difficult time,” Bell said.


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Download the August 19, 2022 press release.