Chris Russell​​Chris Russell

Contact Chris Russell
Email: chris.russell@thorntonco.gov
Office: 303-538-7530
Cell: 720-400-6278

Councilmember, Ward 4

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Chris Russell, a Thornton resident since 2007, embodies unwavering dedication to his community. After serving honorably in the United States Air Force as a firefighter, including service in South Korea, Chris chose Thornton as his new beginning. Pursuing higher education at CU Denver, he discovered his exceptional ability to connect with people, leading to a successful career in sales and management. Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Chris ventured into real estate, establishing his business within Thornton. His devotion to the local community remains steadfast, and he actively contributes to the city's growth and prosperity.

Chris's commitment to public service deepened with his appointment to the Development Permits and Appeals Board (DPAB) for Thornton. His roots in the military and firefighting inspire him to serve the community, and he believes that by representing Thornton residents on the City Council, he can help shape the city's future.

Beyond his professional and civic roles, Chris and his wife Nicole are dedicated volunteers, working with a Veteran group focused on community projects and collaboration. Thornton residents have consistently supported Veterans like Chris, and he finds it a privilege to give back to a community that has given him so much. Chris is determined to represent Thornton's interests on the City Council, rooted in a vision of community, service, and collaboration, working tirelessly to enhance Thornton for all its residents to live, work, and thrive.


Karen BigelowKaren Bigelow

Contact Karen Bigelow
Email: karen.bigelow@thorntonco.gov
Office: 303-538-7201
Cell: 720-899-7811

Mayor Pro Tem, Ward 4

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Karen Bigelow is a Colorado native who grew up in Denver and moved to Thornton in 2000. She and her husband raised their three boys in and around Thornton and all three boys attended our local public schools. Karen is proud to be a military wife and mother, as her husband is a retired Army Airborne Ranger, her oldest son attends West Point Military Academy and her middle son is Army ROTC.

Karen's experience in marketing and communications in fields like healthcare, technology, banking, and start-ups will serve our community well. She currently manages Corporate Social Responsibility for Premier Members Credit Union where she works to give back to the communities they serve. She is proud to work closely in the areas of financial literacy and sustainability.

Karen has always been a community advocate, volunteering to serve on committees and actively fundraising for multiple non-profits. She is currently on the board of the Rocky Mountain Partnership and a government sub-committee for the Governor's Task Force for People with Disabilities. She volunteers with many nonprofits on committees as well, and will be working as council member on Adams County Regional Economic Partnership and I-25 Coalition.

Karen is committed to serving each and every resident in our city, advocating for what they need and making sure their voices are heard. Karen will work to provide open communication to our residents and make sure that everything in local politics is accessible and transparent.