by Pam Zubeck
Former El Paso County Commissioner Chuck Brown will be honored Thursday when the Board of County Commissioners votes to name the county's transportation and hazardous waste facilities after him.
You remember Chuck Brown — the one who suggested that eastern El Paso County folk secede and start their own county. This idea came while he was walking and talking with his dog, he said back in the 1990s, when the county was embroiled in an effort to impose zoning on the eastern plains. People out east didn't like it one bit, as you might imagine. But Brown and the others got it done, over the objections of commissioners Duncan Bremer and Betty Beedy.
Brown also was in the minority at times for wanting to find out more about the county pension fund manager's antics, a scandal that some elected officials wanted to cover up. At it turned out, fund manager Mike Witty was charged with 43 felonies, cut a deal and pleaded guilty to three counts. He served at least eight years in prison.
But Brown knew how to get along, and if you look in the dictionary under good ole boy, you're apt to find Brown's picture there.
Anyway, the resolution contains Brown's history of service:
WHEREAS, Mr. Charles C. “Chuck” Brown has faithfully served the citizens of the United States of America through his military service in the United States Marine Corps during the last
days of World War II, from 1945 to 1949, and the citizens of El Paso County for over 50
years, through his civic volunteerism, public service and visionary guidance; and
WHEREAS, Chuck Brown is a protector and promoter of our great western heritage through his long
association with the Pikes Peak Range Riders and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo; and
WHEREAS, Chuck Brown served the citizens of Colorado Springs through his service to the City’s
Park and Recreation Board, the City’s Planning Commission, the City’s Urban Renewal
Board, and was elected to the Colorado Springs City Council and served from 1975 to
WHEREAS, Chuck Brown served the citizens of El Paso County through his exemplary leadership as
a County Commissioner from 1981 to 1985 and 1993 to 2005, and served as Chairman of
the Board of County Commissioners for 6 years of his 12 years of elected service and,
upon his retirement from El Paso County, served on the El Paso County Highway
Advisory Commission; and
WHEREAS, Chuck Brown served and chaired the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, and
through his association with former Commissioner and later County Administrator, Terry
R. Harris, was responsible for the initial conception and development of the Pikes Peak
Regional Transportation Authority; and
WHEREAS, El Paso County, through the Board of County Commissioners, desires to extend its
appreciation to Mr. Charles C. “Chuck” Brown for his vision of future transportation
development of the Pikes Peak Region and his efforts for the betterment of El Paso
WHEREAS, during Chuck Brown’s tenure as a County Commissioner with El Paso County, his vision
was instrumental in the conception, design and erection of the El Paso County
Transportation Center and major road and highway transportation projects throughout El
Paso County, and in his recognition of the importance of environmental services, through
the design and construction of the El Paso County Hazardous Waste Facility; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners desires to respect the vision and pioneering spirit of
Chuck Brown and his public dedication to the citizens of El Paso County by naming the El
Paso County Transportation Center and the Hazardous Waste Facility in his honor;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the undersigned members of the Board of County
Commissioners of El Paso County, Colorado hereby declare that the El Paso County Transportation
Center and Hazardous Waste Facility be named the El Paso County Charles C. “Chuck” Brown
Transportation and Environmental Complex in honor of Mr. Chuck Brown’s public service.
DONE THIS 7th day of July 2011 at Colorado Springs, Colorado.
THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF EL PASO COUNTY, COLORADO
Amy Lathen, Chair
Sallie Clark, Vice Chair
Dennis Hisey, Member
Darryl Glenn, Member
Peggy Littleton, Member
Wayne W. Williams
County Clerk and Recorder