Whether helping to lead a city, run a county or, even, literally building a community brick by brick, the second class of Jefferson County Hall of Fame initiates were honored on Sept. 29 at the Sheraton Denver West.
“We, at the chamber, wanted to find a way to honor the unsung heroes who work so hard to advance our county,” said Hall of Fame task force chairman Ernie Witucki. “We’re looking forward to continuing on next year and honoring more people.”
Here are this year’s Hall of Fame inductees:
1. Bob Briggs: Briggs has invested in Westminster his whole life. He was elected as an Adams County Commissioner in 1978, served as the president of Adams County Economic Development for three years and on the RTD board.
“When I look at this class, I wonder how a rinky-dink like me got involved. I’m indeed honored, and chambers like this are so important for the community.”
2. Gretchen Cerveny: Cerveny was elected as mayor of Wheat Ridge in 1997 and worked closely with the Strategic Visioning Committee, Juvenile Justice Committee, Transportation Committee and Tax Policy Committee in Wheat Ridge. She also worked with the Seniors Resource Center and Older Americans Act.
“My main goal has always been to take the talents I’ve been given and use them for the community.”
3. Faye Griffin: In her 40-year career with Jefferson County, Griffin is the only elected Jefferson County official to be elected to three separate county offices — Jefferson County commissioner, clerk & recorder and country treasurer. In her time as commissioner, the county received top financial ratings from several national rating organizations.
“I’m so honored and humbled. I’m just from Golden and just from the county. I thank the citizens of Jeffco for electing me to the offices I’ve had the honor of holding.”
4. Tom Murray: As president of Summit Lakewood Brick, Murray served more than 20 years on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute. He also dedicated years to education groups like the Warren Vocational Technical High School and Red Rocks Community College Advisory Board.
“I know many who are more deserving, which only makes me more humbled. We all participate to preserve this great county for generations to come.”
5. John Tracy: Tracy works for Colorado Community Media and runs his own publishing company. He has worked hard with three chambers — Golden, West and Wheat Ridge — for years, and has earned lifetime memberships to the Golden and West chambers. He has also served on the Jefferson County Business Lobby and Golden Chamber Downtown Merchants.
He has held many positions with and Colorado Community Media, including general manager and associate publisher.
“I want to thank all the volunteers in Jeffco who have contributed thousands of hours to the county. Your time and efforts make Jeffco a more enriched place to live, work and play.”