Downing ends tenure on council

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Joyce Downing answered her last roll call for city council on Dec. 13. 
 
After over three decades of service to Northglenn, Downing leaves the dias proud of her accomplishments. But, she will not be a stranger to City Hall: she remains on both the Victim Assistance and Law Enforcement board and the Historic Preservation Commission. 
 
“I feel very humbled that I was reelected so many times. There’s a lot of folks out there that do a great job, but I’m very, very fortunate,” she said. 
 
Downing began her career as an appointee. She was called to fill a vacancy for a councilor who resigned in 1990. Since then, she served over four terms as a Ward 2 councilor and two terms as mayor. 
 
However, she took a brief hiatus. Although she was grandfathered into term limits, she took a two-year break because she held office for so long. Instead of taking the easy way out and ending her service, she jumped back into Northglenn politics. 
 
“I enjoy being part of making things happen in the city and you know,” she said.
 
Many things happened when she sat on council. A new recreation center, a new police department and the Stonehocker Farmhouse stand out as her favorite memories. 
 
One thing she praises is the new Parson’s Theatre.
 
“Oh, my God, but the theater I mean, we all definitely use the theater and I know people just have all kinds of accolades about it,” she said. 
 
Downing said she can’t think of many obstacles she had to overcome, although she admits finding consensus among nine folks on council remains the biggest hurdle. She says teamwork is key. 
 
“It’s just a matter of working with everybody to accomplish what needs to be accomplished,” she said.
 
For the current council, she hopes they continue working on homelessness, transportation and regionalism. And to the new members, she offers advice. 
 
“Think collaboratively, listen to other people’s opinions, be open to what is shared and be patient,” she said. 
 
After closing her city servant chapter, Downing plans to continue working for her real estate liquidation company and to spend time with her husband, children and grandchildren. 
 
“I think it’s going to be a new adventure. You know, just moving on,” she said.

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