BY FREDA MIKLIN
Cathy Noon, former Centennial mayor, lost her 5 1/2-year battle with pancreatic cancer on the morning of December 11.
Elected Mayor of Centennial in November 2009 after working for years to form and organize the city, she held that position until January 2018 when she stepped down due to term limits.
On May 3, 2019, Cathy was presented with the John V. Christensen Award by Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). This is “DRCOG’s highest accolade…It recognizes individuals who promote cooperation and collaboration for the benefit of the region.”
At that presentation, Cathy was described as instrumental to the formation of Centennial. Soon after the successful vote to form the city, Cathy was chosen president of the Centennial Council of Neighborhoods.
In 2007, she chaired the group that championed a vote to make Centennial a Home Rule City. After the voters said yes by a 2-1 margin, Cathy was chosen to chair the 21-member elected Centennial Charter Commission that created the city’s charter.
She was also a senior manager with CRS of Colorado, a special district and HOA management venture from 2008 until her passing.
“Mayor Cathy Noon was a friend, a mentor, and a dedicated public servant,” said Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko. “She worked tirelessly for the betterment of Centennial. Leading our city was a source of pride for her and her family. Her impact is remarkable, and our memories will be cherished.”
Ron Rakowsky, Greenwood Village Mayor from January 2011-January 2019, who worked closely with Cathy, told The Villager, “Colorado citizens, particularly those who live in Arapahoe County and especially the residents of Centennial, lost a nonpareil public servant on December 11th. The breadth of her knowledge on issues ranging from aging to transportation was unmatched. As a neighboring Mayor, I knew her input on projects guaranteed their success. I was blessed and privileged to know her and call her a friend.”