Joe B. Lewis was a Denver native and longtime Lakewood and Wheat Ridge resident. He and his family established Lewis Candy Company in Wheat Ridge in 1962, after operating Lewis Home and Auto Service for twenty years. Commissioner Lewis was a strong supporter of centralizing County functions, including accounting, purchasing, road and bridge services, and data processing, and supported the hiring by Jefferson County of the first County Manager in Colorado. Commissioner Lewis served on the Governor's Highway Legislative Review Committee, the Advisory Board for Civil Defense, the Executive Board of Industries for Jefferson County, and was Chairman of the Taxation Committee of the Colorado Association of County Commissioners. He was an active member of the East Jefferson Kiwanis Club and the Wheat Ridge Service Club.