Mike Sutherland

Council Member, District 3

When did you move to Centennial? 


Why did you move here? 

My wife, Kathy, and I had two small children.  We wanted a safer neighborhood with good private and public schools.

What do you like most about living in Centennial? 

The city has beautiful residential neighborhoods close to trails, parks, open space, and vibrant commercial areas.

Why did you decide to run for City Council? 

I served on the Planning and Zoning Commission for 12 years, and it was time to step aside and yet stay involved in the city which has become home to the Sutherland family.  Serving in local government allows one to make a difference where one lives and plays.

What are your primary goals as a Council Member? 

I want Centennial to be the preferred city for people to live in the south metro Denver area.  We must maintain our city infrastructure and public safety to support our residents and businesses.  We must be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money, and find ways to maintain and increase the city’s tax base to provide the necessary revenues to support the demand for city services.  We must find ways to keep housing costs affordable for our long-time residents and those who want to live in our young and vibrant community.  These goals can only be accomplished by engaging in sound strategic planning for the future of the city.

Community Involvement 

I have served on multiple boards and committees for civic associations, bar associations, non-profits, and Catholic organizations in both Denver and Arapahoe County since my college days at the University of Denver.  I serve on the South Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee.  I have practiced law in Colorado since 1984.

Hobbies & Activities 

I enjoy bicycling, hiking, skiing, good books, public service, and spending time with Kathy and our three adult children.

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