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Public Trustee
The Public Trustee handles foreclosures of deeds of trust, releases of deeds of trust and tax escrow accounts for land purchase contracts for properties located in Arapahoe County.

The Office of the Public Trustee is fully funded by fees collected for services provided. Any such funds received in excess of operating expenses are turned over to the Arapahoe County general fund, after ensuring the maintenance of an operational reserve, as required by law.

Appointment of the Trustee

The Public Trustee is appointed by the Governor of the State of Colorado for a term concurrent with the Governor. Cynthia D. Mares is the Arapahoe County Public Trustee.

The powers, duties and procedures for the operation of the office are defined in Title 38 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

The Public Trustee Does Not

  • Give legal advice – please contact an attorney.
  • Handle Tax Sales - please contact the County Treasurer
  • Handle Judicial Foreclosures - please contact the Sheriff 720-874-3845
  • Release private trustee mortgage transactions
  • Handle federal auctions, such as HUD or VA
  • Have information regarding liens on foreclosed property – Please contact the Clerk and Recorder
  • Have access to the foreclosed property
  • Process evictions - please contact the Sheriff 720-874-3845

Foreclosure Sales
The Arapahoe County Public Trustee holds foreclosure sales 10 a.m. Wednesdays in the County Administration Building East Hearing Room, 5334 South Prince St., Littleton.

Notice to an Owner in Foreclosure
If your property goes to foreclosure auction sale and is purchased for more than the total owed to the lender and to all other lien holders, please contact the Public Trustee’s Office after the sale because you may have funds due to you per C.R.S. 38-38-111 (2.5)(a).

Contact Us
Cynthia Mares
Cynthia D. Mares

Public Trustee

1610 West Littleton Boulevard, 1st Floor
Littleton, CO 80120

Ph: 303-730-0071
Fx: 303-730-0076

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.