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Jan Kulmann was elected Mayor of Thornton in November 2019. Jan was first elected to the Thornton City Council as a Ward 4 Councilmember in 2013, won re-election as a Ward 4 Councilmember in 2017, and served as the Mayor Pro Tem from 2017-2019.
Additionally, Jan serves as the Vice Chair of the Rocky Flats Stewardship Council, a group formed in February 2006 to provide ongoing local government and community oversight of the post-closure management of Rocky Flats, the former nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver. She also sits on the North I-25 Coalition where she works with a group of elected officials from three counties and fourteen communities along the northern I-25 corridor to collaboratively find solutions for I-25 that relieve congestion. In the past, Jan has served on the Brighton 27J School District Capital Facilities Fund Foundation and the E-470 Public Highway Authority as an alternate delegate.
Professionally, Jan is a Licensed Professional Engineer. She received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University, along with a minor in music performance. Later, she earned an MBA from Colorado State University. For over 20 years Jan has spent her career working in both Texas and Colorado.
When Jan and her husband had an opportunity to move from Texas to Colorado in 2007, they jumped at the chance. They chose Thornton because of the community, the opportunities for their growing family, and the feeling of coming home.
Jan’s family has strong roots in Colorado. Her paternal Great Grandparents settled in Steamboat Springs as ranchers. They were heavily involved in local education as teachers and founded a community college that is still there today. Jan’s parents are also educators. Her father chose to become a public-school teacher after a full career as a pilot in the Air Force. Her mother chose to become a public-school teacher once their commitment to the military and its travel requirements ended.
Jan has been married to her supportive husband Dave since 2002 and together they have two children.
As Mayor, Jan’s main priorities are collaboration with the City Council on ways to partner with the education community, plan strategically for future growth, ensure a safe city by supporting a strong public safety agenda, and strengthen opportunities for neighborhood quality.