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My Name Is... Gerry Cummins

CenCON president, League of Women Voters officer, longtime civic activist

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How did you get involved with the city?

I was involved in the incorporation of Centennial and have served on a variety of city committees. I am a former city clerk for Centennial, probably from 2003 to 2005.

I’ve been on too many (city committees) — I forgot half of them. I’m currently on the advisory committee for the update of the comprehensive plan for Centennial.

I was on the Home Rule Charter Commission — how could I forget that? (It was) 21 people that got together and wrote the charter for the city in 120 days, which was dictated by state statute.

How did you get involved with the League of Women Voters of Colorado?

Oh, well, it was right after Watergate, and I had a college friend who was very involved in the league in another state, and she got me interested. Currently, one of the projects we’re working on is registering new citizens at naturalization ceremonies — that’s where I was yesterday afternoon. We’ve got three more this month to cover.

How did you get involved with the Centennial Council of Neighborhoods?

The predecessor to CenCON was ACCORD, which was an acronym for “Arapahoe County Council of Organized Responsible Development.” Then when we became a city … it seemed more appropriate that we form an organization that spoke to city issues rather than county issues. We formed CenCON shortly after the city was formed, and I was the treasurer at first. And I had been representing our neighborhood for ACCORD, and it was just an extension of continuing to represent the (Nob Hill) neighborhood at CenCON.

I followed (former Mayor) Cathy Noon as (the group’s next) president, and I had worked with her during the time she was president. CenCON represents the interest of the neighborhoods in the city, the HOAs and the civic associations, and how various land development or redevelopment can influence those neighborhoods or affect those neighborhoods.

We have also served as a sounding board for the city for various proposals for ordinances that would affect residential communities. We meet monthly.

It’s a good communication vehicle to take information back to the neighborhoods on what’s happening.

Do you feel the group has made a difference?

Well, we hope so. I think one of the things the city did when it rewrote its land-development code was that it included a step referred to as community meetings, and the developer invites neighbors (who) will be impacted (and meets) with the community and explains what’s going on and gets their feedback … there is a definite improvement. I think the community meetings are very helpful.

What’s your favorite memory in Centennial?

Raising my kids here, raising the family. Two daughters.

And the day that Centennial (incorporation) passed was a good day (laughs), when the vote was approved by the citizens, which was more than 70 percent approval of creating the City of Centennial.

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