Mike Rosser, a longtime civic activist and an outgoing member of the Arapahoe County Open Space Trails Advisory Board, has received the county’s …
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Mike Rosser, a longtime civic activist and an outgoing member of
the Arapahoe County Open Space Trails Advisory Board, has received
the county’s first Distinguished Citizen Award.
County Commissioner Rod Bockenfeld, chair of the board of
commissioners, made the announcement at the board’s Feb. 16
meeting. The east Centennial commissioner said the award was
created specifically to honor Rosser’s years of service.
“[Rosser] has spent countless hours serving the county,”
Bockenfeld said. “… He is someone the board has come to know and
depend on. Many describe [Rosser] as a tireless advocate for
investing in the county and making it a better place for
generations to come.”
Rosser’s name will be the first to be placed on plaque that will
honor all future recipients of the award. The plaque will be on
permanent display on the “Trail of Honor” at Arapahoe County
“This honor will serve as a reminder to residents about the
impact one single person can have when they decide to make a
difference with their local government,” Bockenfeld said.
According to Bockenfeld, Rosser, an Aurora resident, has been
symbolic of citizen-led initiatives to preserve open space in the
In 2003, he was a leader on the Yes on 1A Committee, which
advocated for the voter-approved sales-and-use tax that has been
instrumental in the county’s preservation efforts.
“This person has served as one of the pioneers in establishing a
dedicated revenue source that creates the newest and most dynamic
open-space program in Colorado,” Bockenfeld said.
Among other civic roles, Rosser has served on the Trust for
Public Lands and the Colorado Land Use Commission.
Rosser thanked the elected commissioners for their help over the
“[The county is] moving forward,” he said. “We have something we
can really be proud of. We really have a legacy.”
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