Mayor Ron Rakowsky
Ron became mayor January 3, 2011. Ron was appointed mayor by the City Council as a result of the resignation of mayor Nancy Sharpe, who was elected as an Arapahoe County Commissioner in November 2010. Ron had served as mayor pro tem of the Village since November 2005 and as a council member of District 4 since November 2003.
Ron’s previous work for the Village includes membership on the Board of Adjustments and Appeals, and the Greenwood Village Building Authority. Ron also served as a panel member for the Greenwood Village Police Department promotion assessment centers for lieutenant and sergeant. Ron served as a board member of the Castlewood Water and Sanitation District and the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board where he was selected by his fellow board members as Chairman. Ron formerly served as a Trustee of the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School Foundation located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. A former Chairman of the Board of Space Age Federal Credit Union located in Aurora, and a former vice chairman of the 18th Judicial District Juvenile Assessment Center, his other previous board memberships include the Pentagon and MacDill Federal Credit Unions.
Ron’s current service to the community includes serving as chair, since September 2004, of the Arapahoe County Justice Coordinating Committee, which includes the District Attorney, Sheriff and Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District, and the Board of County Commissioners. Ron also serves as the Village’s representative on the Board of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). Additionally, he represents Greenwood Village at the Metro Mayors Caucus.
Past volunteer service also includes National Chair for Denison University’s Annual Support Fund Raising Campaign and President of the professional association of all uniformed attorneys active, reserve and retired of the U.S. Armed forces. He was elected as one of 10 Texas Delegates to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Technology. Ron was recognized by the San Antonio Express News as the critical player in the implementation of San Antonio’s 9-1-1 system.
While stationed in Tampa Florida, he was an Instructor in Business Law for the University of Tampa. During his tenure at March Air Force Base in Riverside California, he drafted legislation to amend the California Civil Code, testified on its behalf before the Judiciary Committees of the California Senate and Assembly. The bill passed unaltered, despite stiff opposition from Willie Brown, Assembly Speaker.
Ron graduated from Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he was active in his fraternity, student government, and Air Force ROTC. In 2002 Ron was awarded a Denison University Alumni Citation for service to the College and the Nation. During the past 131 years during which there were approximately 43,000 graduates only 501 such awards have been bestowed.
Ron received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio. During his last year in law school he held both administrative and teaching positions with the Law Medicine Center of the University which required his designation of Certified Peace Officer Training Instructor.
Subsequently, Ron served as a judge advocate in the United States Air Force for 24 years in Florida, the Republic of the Philippines, Texas, California, Virginia, and Colorado retiring in the grade of Colonel. Ron’s awards from the Air Force include the Legion of Merit, Air Force Meritorious Service Medals and the Air Force Commendation Medal and Humanitarian Service Medals.
Ron and his wife Margaret moved to Greenwood Village in 1988 as a result of his reassignment to the Air Reserve Personnel Center as its Staff Judge Advocate. He came from the Pentagon where he served as Associate Director of Civil Law of the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Department.
An attorney; a retired trade association executive, and former lobbyist for the Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming, he is presently an active member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and the Colorado Supreme Court. Additionally he holds inactive status from the bars of the Ohio and Florida Supreme Courts.
Margaret, who was awarded a PhD from the University of California Riverside, is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at the Air Force Academy. She served as a board member of the South Metro Fire Rescue District for 14 years from 1990 to 2004.
Their two children and two grandchildren live out-of-state. He enjoys rooting for Air Force Academy Falcons, Colorado Rockies and the Denver Broncos.