John Brackney has 26 years of Public Policy and Community Problem Solving experience and believes that Colorado is the leader in economic health, responsible and effective government, entrepreneurial activity and effective decision making that maintains and enhances our vibrant quality of life. “Our best days are ahead of us because we are going to make them."
John is a lifelong resident and native of Colorado. He managed state legislative races while attending law school.
He enlisted in the Colorado Army National Guard in 1991 during the first Persian Gulf War. He graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1993 and became the Company Commander of the 147th Combat Support Hospital in 1995, later serving as a Captain at the National Guard State Headquarters. John received the Meritorious Service Medal twice during his twelve years of service and was honorably discharged 2003.
John was elected to first term as Arapahoe County Commissioner in 1996. In 1999 he was re-elected to a four-year term and served as chairman in 2000. He served as chairman of the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority (Centennial Airport), and as President of the Arapahoe County Water and Wastewater Authority. He served as the Director of Public Policy at the South Metro Denver http://www.bestchamber.com/ in 2003 and then served as the President and CEO and member of the Board of Directors of the South Metro Denver Chamber from 2004 to 2014.
Currently John is the Director of Strategic Community and Governmental Engagement at Webolutions, and strategically helps businesses and organizations become more productive and efficient in the navigation of a number of challenging areas including: Strategic Community Engagement, Relationship Building, Community Investment, Governmental Affairs, Public Policy, Public Affairs and Media Relationships.
John received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 1993; his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado in 1988 and is a proud Graduate of Littleton High School in 1984.
John currently serves on the Community Boards for Metropolitan State University of Denver, the Community College of Denver, Arapahoe Community College, the Advisory Board for the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development, the American Lung Association of Colorado and as a founding Board member for the Rocky Mountain Clean Tech Open. He also was a founding Board Member for the Cleanlaunch Renewable Energy Incubator and VITAL for Colorado.
John was selected Freshman Commissioner of the Year by Colorado Counties Inc. in 1997, received the NACo/FEMA Building Disaster Resistant Communities Award in 2001, the Award of Excellence from the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department and the Dorothy J. Vogt Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Community both in 2003 and the Centennial Mayor’s Award of Excellence in 2012.
Some fun facts about John: Founding Father of the City of Centennial, Can swim two laps underwater (however he gets to choose the pool), selected as the MVP in high school for gymnastics! He and his wife Meredith have two daughters (Taylor and Jordan) and are following their dad in school down the same halls of elementary school, Jr. High/Middle school and now Littleton High that he attended. He has traveled to 22 countries mostly for government, business and military service.