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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.
Jan serves on several boards as a representative of the City of Thornton:
Metro Mayors Caucus (Executive Committee) – 38 regional Mayors working together in a forum for regional dialogue and share consensus solutions
Rocky Flats Stewardship Council (Chair) –Provide ongoing local government oversight of post-closure site management
Mile High Flood District (Secretary, Executive Committee) – Supporting projects to design and build effective flood control and warning measures for communities, open spaces, and regional paths
North I-25 Coalition – Address state and federal transportation needs along the I-25 corridor from 120th Avenue to Ft. Collins, including 14 cities and towns and 3 counties
Board of Directors, Brighton 27J School District Capital Facilities Fund Foundation (former member) – Work with housing developers, local government, and Brighton 27J school district to support expansion needs
E-470 Public Highway Authority Board of Directors (former alternate member) – Coordinate efforts of tolling agency across Adams County, Arapahoe County, Douglas County, Aurora, Brighton, Commerce City, Thornton, Centennial, and Parker
Participation in Colorado Municipal League, National League of Cities, and federal lobbying activities
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. Jan's career as an engineer spans more than 20 years.
Jan and her family moved to Colorado in 2007 and chose Thornton because of the community, the opportunities for their growing family, and the feeling of coming home. But Jan's family has strong roots in Colorado. Her 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 teenage children.
As Mayor, Jan's main priorities include maintaining a strong public safety agenda, ensuring our businesses are thriving, planning strategically for future growth, and strengthening opportunities for neighborhood quality. All to ensure that Thornton remains a great place to live, work, and play.