Brown Retires

A familiar face will be sorely missed at the West Building in Durango as Ann Brown retired in November. Ann, a fourth generation native of Southwest Colorado, was born and raised on the family farm near Cortez. She met Don Brown at Fort Lewis College and they later married. Both obtained their teaching degrees from Adams State College and taught in Durango for decades, while also raising their five children.
 
In 1983, Ann was elected to the Durango City Council and also served as Mayor of Durango. During her Mayoral tenure, she and a contingency of women testified in DC for the Animas La- Plata Project. Ann has served in a Chairwoman capacity to the: Animas-La Plata Negotiating Team, Colorado Day Council, Colorado Municipal League Policy Committee, and Western Colorado Water Conference. In addition, she has served on natural resource committees, child and family Programs, Department of Employment and Training Task Force, Youth Advocate Board, Regional Council on Aging, President of the Colorado Coordinated Child Care Council in the Colorado Department of Social Services, as well as the National Indian Head Start Advisory Committee. Ann managed the first two campaigns for Ben Nighthorse Campbell and then worked for Senator Campbell in 1990. She has also represented U.S. Senators Ken Salazar and Michael Bennet. 
 
Ann takes great pride in helping people in southwest Colorado solve problems and issues. As she stated “It has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of the Four Corners.” Ann was instrumental and effective due to her dedication, hard work, and persistence. Happy retirement, Ann, and thank you for everything!