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Posted on: April 14, 2021

Commissioner Kraft-Tharp Reflects on First Quarter in Office


Three months ago, along with newly elected Commissioner Kerr, I was sworn in as your Jeffco Commissioner, representing District 1. 

As we complete our first quarter, the biggest issue we have been focusing on is COVID-19 and all the impacts it has had on our county, from our small businesses to county operations and most recently, vaccine implementation. The pandemic has certainly taught us, and our community, how to be flexible and nimble - an update today will change tomorrow! 

Although COVID-19 is at the top of our list these days, county business does not stop. So, you may be asking, what else have I been doing and what will I be doing as a County Commissioner over the next four years?

Commissioners set the county’s policies and budget in addition to serving as a voice for you, Jefferson County constituents, at local, regional, state, and federal levels. In fact, at our very first meeting, we, as the Board of County Commissioners, discussed which of the many boards and commissions, we would each serve on as the Jefferson County representative.

 As a Board, we all serve on the:

  • Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation Board of Governors
  • Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors
  • Jefferson County Personnel Board
  • Law Enforcement Authority Board
  • Noxious Weed Advisory Board
  • Urban Renewal Districts

Boards I will serve as the primary representative for 2021 include: 

  • Boundary Control Commission
  • Colorado Counties, Inc (CCI) Legislative Committee
  • Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG)
  • First Judicial District Court Services Advisory Board (CSAB)
  • Jefferson Center for Mental Health
  • Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Administrative Committee
  • Jefferson County Emergency Communications Authority (JCECA) Board
  • Jefferson County Transportation Action and Advocacy Group (JEFFTAAG)
  • Mile High Flood District
  • Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Advisory Roundtable

In addition, I am thrilled to continue participating in other community activities such as the Arvada, Evergreen and Conifer Chamber(s) monthly meetings; JeffWest; Arvada Westminster town meetings and the Lakewood legislator’s town meetings. I also serve on the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Council and am an active member on the League of Women Voters.

I am working with Councilwomen Lauren Simpson (Arvada) and Kathryn Skulley (Westminster) to host a quarterly North Jeffco Town Meeting. We plan to bring together experts on local issues and at our first meeting held virtually via Zoom on March 27, we provided updates on:

  • vaccines by the Jefferson County Public Health; and,
  • along with the Arvada Fire Department, we presented information regarding single trash haulers for the Westminster downtown area.

I am excited to let everyone know I am keeping my fourth Thursday morning time slot open so when we can all leave our homes again, I will resume my Community Coffees. I am anxious to get back out, see you in person and hear what is on your mind, what concerns you have and how I can serve the Jefferson County community. Keep an eye on my Facebook page, tracyforjeffco, for details regarding the North Jeffco Town Meetings and Community Coffees.

Thank you for your continued support and reach out anytime through email or 303-271-8511.


To learn more about the Jefferson County Commissioners, visit the Board of County Commissioners website.

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