City Council Regular Committees

Budget and Audit Board (3 members) (Click to see more about this Board

This Board was established by Resolution 2005-48(PDF, 96KB) and Lakewood Home Rule Charter, Section 3.3.

This committee consists of three Council Members and three citizens who are selected at large by the Screening Committee and presented to Council. It meets as necessary and is charged with serving as oversight committee reviewing financial statements, budget forecasts and to provide feedback on budgetary compliance with City policies. Citizen members serve three-year terms and may serve no more than two terms.

Councilor Karen Harrison
Councilor Mike Bieda
Councilor Jacob LaBure

Staff Liaison: Holly Björklund, Chief Financial Officer

Colorado Municipal League (CML) Policy Committee (2 members)

The CML Policy Committee is a standing committee that develops the League's legislative program. The membership is composed of representatives from each member municipality, CML sections, and district presidents. This committee will consider pending policy issues for CML, discuss proposed state legislation and the committee recommends positions to the CML Executive Board and staff.

Councilor Ramey Johnson
Councilor Dana Gutwein

Staff Liaison: Ben Goldstein, Deputy City Manager

Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) and Jefferson County Collaborative Transportation Forum (pursuant to IGA) (1 member and 1 alternate)

DCOG is a membership organization of the 56 local cities and counties of the Denver region and the purpose is to foster regional cooperation among these entities. It focuses on quality of life issues such as mobility, environment, public safety and growth. Each member government has an elected official serving on the Board of Directors.

Councilor Jacob LaBure
Alternate: Councilor Dana Gutwein

Head Start Executive Committee Governing Board (3 members)

This Committee was established by Resolution 2010-60(PDF, 61KB)

The Advisory Committee will be comprised of three elected officials who serve as the Governing Board for the Head Start Program. The Board has fiduciary responsibility for the program and the City Council authorizes the appointed Advisory Committee to carry out specific responsibilities related to the governance and appropriate oversite of the Head Start Program.

Councilor Charley Able
Councilor Sharon Vincent
Councilor Karen Harrison

Housing Advisory Policy Commission  (6 members, Mayor and 1 from each Ward)

(PDF, 61KB)Established June 10, 2019 with Ordinance O-2019-26(PDF, 342KB) 
The Housing Advisory Policy Commission (HPC) studies and researches housing issues, as well as discuss, develop and recommend to the City Council housing-related policies. The HPC's authority shall extend to the following enumerated and related areas and in other areas as directed by the City Council.

Mayor Adam Paul
Councilor Ramey Johnson -Ward 1
Councilor Sharon Vincent - Ward 2 - Commission Chair
Councilor Anita Springsteen - Ward 3
Councilor Barb Franks - Ward 4
Councilor Karen Harrison - Ward 5

Staff Liaison: Robert Smith, Director of Economic Development

Jefferson County Community Corrections Board (1 member and 1 alternate) 

Established August 28, 1983 by Intergovernmental Agreement

The Jefferson County Corrections Board is responsible for screening and placement of felony offenders in Jefferson County halfway houses, as well as coordinating goals for local community corrections, monitoring offender progress and program compliance, and oversight of contractual responsibilities for community corrections programs in Jefferson County. They are also the policy board for community corrections in the county. 

Councilor Sharon Vincent
Alternate: Councilor Jacob LaBure

Jefferson County Criminal Justice Committee (2 members)

The purpose of the Jefferson County Criminal Justice Committee is to serve as an advisory body to the policy makers, judiciary and stakeholder groups of the Criminal Justice System in Jefferson County. This group represents the various elements of the criminal justice system and includes various state and elected officials. It discusses and makes recommendations on issues such as managing the jail population, efficiencies in the criminal justice system, mental health issues that might impact the system, and prevention programs.

Councilor Ramey Johnson
Councilor Mike Bieda

Jefferson County Economic Development Corp (EDC) (1 member and 1 alternate)

Jefferson County EDC WEBSITE

Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation is a 501c6 non-profit with public and private investors focused on the growth of Jefferson County, CO. Jeffco EDC works in partnership with business and community organizations throughout the region. These investors focus on issues and opportunities that strengthen the economic vibrancy of Jefferson County and Colorado.

Mayor Adam Paul (Board of Directors)
Alternate: Robert Smith, Director of Economic Development 

Judges Salary Committee (5 members, 1 from each Ward)

This committee meets annually in the 2nd quarter to study data and make recommendations to the whole Council as to the appropriate compensation for the presiding judge and all regular full-time judges. Committee recommendation is prepared by staff in a resolution for recommendation to Council. 

Councilor Charley Able - Ward 1
Councilor Sharon Vincent - Ward 2
Councilor Anita Springsteen - Ward 3
Councilor Barb Franks - Ward 4
Councilor Karen Harrison - Ward 5

Staff Liaison: Scott Hefty, Court Administrator 

Legislative Committee (5 members, 1 from each Ward)

This committee meets as needed during the State legislative session from January to May. The committee takes positions on pending legislation and conveys those positions to state elected representatives. Packets are provided that summarizes the proposed legislation, summarizes staff feedback and summarizes positions taken by other entities particularly Colorado Municipal League. 

Vacant - Ward 1
Councilor Sharon Vincent - Ward 2
Councilor Mike Bieda - Ward 3
Mayor Pro Tem David Skilling - Ward 4 
Councilor Dana Gutwein - Ward 5 - Committee Chair

Staff Liaison: Ben Goldstein, Deputy City Manager

Mile High Flood District (By law, Mayor or Mayor Pro Tem)

The Mile High Flood District is responsible for storm water and watershed management. Since 1969, they have been designing and building effective flood control and warning measures, open spaces, and regional paths, as well as removing trash and debris from streams. As an independent agency, the Mile High Flood District (MHFD) is governed by a unique board of directors consisting of twenty locally elected officials such as mayors, county commissioners, city council members, and two registered professional engineers.

Mayor Adam Paul - MHFD Chair

Police Seizure Fund Committee (1 member)
The Committee receives and reviews written requests by the Police Department and makes recommendations on the disposition of money and property seized during major arrests to be used by the Lakewood Police Department for law enforcement purposes.  The committee consists of the Lakewood Chief of Police, the District Attorney and a City Councilor from the City of Lakewood.

Councilor Barb Franks

Screening Committee (5 members,  1 from each Ward)

This committee meets as necessary and is charged with interviewing applicants for the City’s boards and commissions and making recommendations on appointments to the entire Council.

Councilor Charley Able - Ward 1
Councilor Sharon Vincent - Ward 2
Councilor Mike Bieda - Ward 3
Councilor Barb Franks - Ward 4 - Committee Chair
Councilor Dana Gutwein - Ward 5

Staff Liaison: Bruce Roome, City Clerk

Sister Cities Program (1 member)

The Lakewood Sister Cities Program is part of a global community that was formed in 1956, when President Eisenhower inaugurated the "People to People" program for the USA and the world. Lakewood joined the program in 1977 with our first Sister City relationship being with Sutherland Shire, Australia. This committee meets to discuss updates from Lakewood’s four Sister Cities – Portsmouth and Chester, England, Sutherland Shire, Australia; and Stade, Germany. 

Councilor Karen Harrison