Name: Abe Laydon
Profession: District 1 Commissioner
Biography: I am a fifth-generation Coloradan, land use attorney, husband of 20 years to my wife Kimberly, father of three, resident of Lone Tree, and member of Cherry Hills Community Church. Now in my fourth year as Douglas County commissioner, I am currently serving as chairman of the board. In addition to my fundamental responsibilities as a commissioner, I also serve as a representative of Douglas County to the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority Board, Arapahoe/Douglas Workforce Investment Board, Centennial Airport Community Noise Roundtable, Cherry Creek Basin Water Quality Control Authority, Denver South Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors and Denver South I-25 Urban Corridor Transportation Management Authority, Community Services Block Grant Tripartite Board, Developmental Pathways Board of Directors, Douglas County Community Foundation, Chairman of the Douglas County Youth Initiative Advisory Board, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation and the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health 9-8-8 Implementation Planning Committee. In September 2021, Governor Polis appointed me to the Colorado Forest Health Council.Additionally, I share in the board’s responsibility for the county’s presence on the Chatfield Basin Watershed Authority, Denver South Economic Development Partnership, Denver Regional Council of Governments, Metro Area County Commissioners, Partnership of Douglas County Governments and Mile High Flood District (formerly Urban Drainage and Flood Control District).I currently serve on the Colorado Counties, Inc. (CCI) subcommittees on Health and Human Services, Land Use and Natural Resources, and Transportation and Telecommunications. I also serve on both the National Association of Counties Transportation Policy Steering Committee and the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials Public Health Transformation Steering Committee. In addition, I am a member of the Douglas County Mental Health Initiative Workgroup for Development of Programs and Interventions, and the Sky Ridge Community Council.
As a commissioner, I also serve on the Board of Adjustment, the Board of Human Services, the Liquor Licensing Authority, and the Board of Social Services.
Prior to being elected as county commissioner, I served as a Douglas County planning commissioner for two terms, and as the Douglas County Republican Party’s first vice-chairman and treasurer. A graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies, I have been involved in philanthropy and civic service my entire life. I have served on the boards of many local nonprofits, was an officer and member of Denver Active 20-30 and the Metro Denver Board of Christian Legal Society.As a 15-year land use and business attorney, I was an equity partner at a large business law firm and currently am a member of the Colorado Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.
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