Every year, the organization Colorado Counties recognizes the outstanding contribution by a commissioner to the statewide organization. The award was presented Nov. 29 to Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe and Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese during the CCI Winter Conference in Colorado Springs.
Sharpe, who has been active in CCI since she was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 2011, including serving as chair of the Health and Human Services Steering Committee since 2014, was recognized for her work strengthening programs and services for children and families.
“You have proven to be a superstar as a county leader,” said Larimer County Commissioner Steve Johnson, the 2015 Commissioner of the Year in presenting the award to Sharpe. “You have been a stalwart, our voice on the important issues surrounding human services. Your passion in that regard has been an inspiration to so many of us. Your involvement on so many boards and so many activities defies what one person should be able to do, but somehow, amazingly, you do it. You have won the respect and admiration of your peers.”
Sharpe is serving her second term representing District 2, which includes Centennial, Greenwood Village, a portion of Aurora and unincorporated central Arapahoe County. Prior to serving as commissioner, Sharpe was mayor of Greenwood Village.
In addition to her work through CCI, Sharpe serves on the Denver South Economic Development Board and will chair its Transportation Management Association in 2017. She also serves on the Colorado Executive Leadership Council on Child Welfare and is honorary chair of the IBM Smart Cities Taskforce to address homelessness.
In July, she was appointed to chair the National Association of Counties’ Human Services and Education Steering Committee, which pursues legislation to address a broad array of programs that support families and strengthen communities throughout the country.
In 2014, Sharpe partnered with District Attorney George Brauchler to start Not One More Child in Arapahoe County, a coalition of community partners working together to prevent child abuse and neglect.
As commissioner in 2016, Sharpe serves as the county’s financial officer and oversees the Human Resources, Finance and Human Services departments. She served as board chair in 2012 and 2015. She has been recognized regionally and nationally for her leadership roles with the National Association of Counties, Denver Regional Council of Governments and the Metro Area County Commissioners.