Sad news was delivered to the Salida community on Monday morning, when it was announced that Salida’s City Clerk Sonia Walter had passed away from a head-on collision in the county, early the previous morning.

“It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we have learned of the sudden passing of our City Clerk, Sonia Walter, on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Sonia worked for the City of Salida for the last two years and was a beloved and active resident of our Salida community,” read a press release from the City of Salida.

“Sonia’s death leaves a huge hole in our organization and she will be greatly missed,” said Mayor P.T. Wood. “We extend our heartfelt condolences to her husband Steve and their family and friends and mourn alongside everyone that knew and loved her.”

City Administrator Drew Nelson added “We are devastated by the loss of our dear friend and colleague. Sonia was a shining light of happiness and joy, and her positive impact on Salida cannot be overstated.”

The City commented, “The City of Salida appreciates your understanding as some operations will be impacted in this time of transition and loss.  The City will strive to keep the community informed as details about changes to our operations become available.”

Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office has not provided any further information about the car accident which took the life of Walter and her dog. Ark Valley Voice will share information with the public as it becomes available. Those looking for more information regarding  City of Salida services should contact City Administrator Drew Nelson at (719) 530-2629.