Arapahoe County: Area leaders share thoughts on what 2020 has in store

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Bob Baker, South Metro Fire chief

“South Metro believes in the importance of taking care of people like they are family, and we take great pride in serving the community. For all of the citizens, residents and businesses who are in our district, South Metro is grateful to all of you and honored to be there for you when you need us. We look forward to 2020 and continuing to be embedded in the community.”

Jeff Baker, chairman of the Board of Arapahoe County Commissioners

“I hope 2020 is a year of prosperity for the citizens and businesses of Arapahoe County, and I wish everyone good physical and mental health this coming year. The county is committed to conducting this year’s three elections in an efficient and issue-free manner, and we also plan to keep reviewing and revising our fiscal and functional priorities to ensure that we can continue to serve all our citizens as fully as possible.”

Tyler Brown, Arapahoe County sheriff

“After a tumultuous time in our nation, in 2020, I want the community to come together and work collaboratively for the good of all. Bearing that in mind, we are launching new programs at the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office for the common goal of public safety. These programs will allow us to work more closely with residents to help solve and prevent crime.

• We are partnering with the home security company Ring to engage with and inform Arapahoe County residents about crime and safety information. Residents will be able to share videos when investigators send a request for evidence of crimes happening at or near their homes, and we will be able to post important crime and safety alerts in their neighborhoods.

• We will officially launch our Senior Check-in program. It allows us and local volunteers to check on the well-being of isolated seniors in our community once a week. The checks give family members who live out of town or out of state some peace of mind and lets the seniors know someone cares.

• We are going to increase the number of Crisis Intervention Team deputies. CIT teaches deputies how to speak and interact with people and their families during mental health crises. With our new Behavioral Health Response (co-responder) Program, our staff will respond to calls involving mental health crisis. The goal is to de-escalate the crisis and to direct the individual to appropriate resources and assistance.

Brian Ewert, superintendent of Littleton Public Schools

“This spring, LPS is asking our community to engage with us and provide us with feedback more than ever before. We are doing important work in several areas (budget, future school boundary changes, bond work and new school construction, the new CTE Center, climate and culture) and we need our community to stay informed, seek to understand and partner with us to find the best solutions for our community’s children.”

Shawn Lewis, Englewood city manager

“2020 promises to be an exciting year for Englewood, with major initiatives expected, including reconstruction of the Broadway/US 285 interchange, City Center redevelopment planning, major stormwater system enhancements, development of a wayfinding and placemaking masterplan, paving of nearly 60% of our alleys and exploration of a new Downtown Development Authority. The city will also welcome a new Neighborhood Resources Coordinator in January who will assist residents in organizing Englewood neighborhoods into definable, connected groups that increase neighbor-to-neighbor communication and safety while improving the ability of residents to connect to and influence local government decision making. City council will review these initiatives and update the vision for Englewood’s future during a city council vision retreat scheduled for Jan. 25.”

Wendy Rubin, superintendent of Englewood Schools

“The year 2020 will be an exciting one for Englewood Schools. With construction complete on Bishop Elementary in January, starting in 2020 all Englewood students will be in buildings that provide students with the most engaging learning environments — the type of environment our students deserve. We can then continue our focus of providing rigorous learning opportunities for all students through our Academic Advancement Initiative (AAI). Great things are ahead for us in 2020 and beyond. I am so grateful to be part of this community!”

Scott Siegfried, superintendent of Cherry Creek School District

“Our commitment to our 55,000 students in 2020 is to continue pursuing excellence for every child, every day. Cherry Creek Future Forward is our strategic plan for delivering on that promise. Through Future Forward, we will continue to focus on our goals of creating innovative learning experiences for all, ensuring equity in every classroom in every school, and supporting students in finding their own pathway to a future that will bring them joy, purpose and fulfillment. We look forward to partnering with our community in building on our legacy of excellence toward a future of promise.”

Matt Sturgeon, Centennial city manager

“In 2020, like every year, our primary goal is deliver services in a way that ensures residents and the business community remain proud of calling Centennial home. Centennial remains committed to providing exceptional infrastructure. The city will focus heavily on pedestrian connections through design, construction and the rehabilitation/extensions of pedestrian paths throughout the city. There will be continued emphasis placed on completing the initial deployment of the city’s Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). 2020 is a census year, and residents receive their census questionnaires in mid-March. Resident participation is critical because census counts determine congressional seats, federal funding for certain types of infrastructure and funding allocations for many other state and local programs.

Jerry Valdes, mayor of Littleton

“I hope for prosperity, of course. We have a lot of work ahead of us. I hope to make progress on code changes, progress on getting roads repaired and show some visible improvements throughtout the city. Those won’t get fully accomplished in 2020, but we have to make substantial progress on both. Easy to get distracted, but we’ll stay focused.”

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