Q&A with former Centennial City Councilmember Ken Lucas

After eight years on city council, District 3 representative looks back

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Former Centennial City Councilmember Ken Lucas came to the end of an eight-year run on council this month.

A Navy veteran, Lucas is retired from the investment banking, securities and private equity industry. He's lived in what's now Centennial for 36 years.

Lucas has been a homeowners association president and has served on the Centennial Broadband Technical Committee, the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District, the Colorado Municipal League legislative committee and other organizations, and as a liaison to South Suburban Parks and Recreation.

District 3 roughly spans Centennial's middle along with some eastern and southwest parts.

Lucas was term-limited and could not have run for reelection in 2019. He is succeeded by Richard Holt. New councilmembers were sworn into office Jan. 6.

Here are Lucas' reflections on his time on council.

What's a story about a citizen that stuck with you?

My first year on council, the community director was attempting to make Wild Wings bird sanctuary get rid of injured birds, and the city held what was essentially a trial where council would decide what to do. These animals were (the owner's) pets, and she had a state license to keep them. Fortunately, the complaint was removed, and she was able to continue to operate in saving wounded birds.

What do you feel was your best accomplishment on council?

This is an easy one: (Being) chairman of Centennial Fiber Works and the completion of the city's fiber network, which will serve the city for years to come and has put it in a good place to be future-ready for new technologies as they evolve.

What did you learn about Centennial that you didn't know before?

The Land Development Code (the city law that governs where and how things can be built) and the complexity of it in its administration but also in explaining it to the public.

What was your most challenging moment on council?

Dealing with the diversity of opinions based on emotion, not facts.

What do you think is the biggest upcoming challenge for council?

One that is coming up soon is the redevelopment of the Sears and Macy's sites in The Streets at SouthGlenn mall.

What would you like to say to your constituents?

It was an honor to serve you for the past eight years; with confidence, I can say that these two councils have left the city in a very good place, and the city is positioned to continue to be so in the future.

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