Council member, Ward 4
In 2006 my wife of 28 years and I chose to live and raise our two daughters in Thornton. We proudly call Thornton our home. Serving my country and community is second nature to me. I believe that serving the people requires every bit of experience to fulfill the needs and wants of what is really important to a community. As a United States Marine, I have had the honor to serve my country in the Persian Gulf War. In addition to being a proud veteran, I have been a police officer for over 20 years, protecting and serving the people of New York City, Los Angeles, and Colorado where I currently have the privilege to serve as a Westminster police officer. Over the course of my career as a first responder, I have had the opportunity to serve local communities and learn firsthand how to respond to any given situation. My experiences have provided me with an acute understanding of the needs of a community and I am thankful that this has sharpened my leadership skills to put forth the effort to lead the great City of Thornton and represent its citizens by being their voice and seeing their vision.
I firmly believe I can uphold the responsibility to successfully work with and for the citizens of Thornton to achieve the goals we set for our city. I am dedicated to ensuring that we continue positive development in our city and we see forth the efforts to come that will test my true leadership abilities. I will remain a resounding advocate for safer and cleaner streets, thriving community land, smoother roads, education, and ensuring continued positive support of our veterans. This is my home and my efforts are for my hundred thousand plus neighbors. We all share a common vision, to live, work, and raise a family in a place we are proud of.
Mayor Pro Tem, Ward 4
Jan Kulmann was first elected Ward 4 council member in 2013 and won re-election in 2017. In addition to being an elected council member, Jan has also served all of Thornton as the current Mayor Pro-Tem since 2017.
Additionally, Jan serves as the Vice Chair of the Rocky Flats Steward Council. The Council was 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 and increase lanes. In the past, Jan 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 a council member, Jan’s main priorities are collaboration with her fellow councilmembers 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.