Remembering Cathy Noon, Centennial’s Second Mayor
Published on December 12, 2023
Cathy Noon, a visionary leader who served as the City of Centennial's second Mayor, passed away on December 11 after bravely facing pancreatic cancer for five and a half years. Mayor Noon, a driving force behind Centennial's emergence, became an influential figure in the community well before the City's official incorporation in 2001.
Her legacy is marked by a myriad of remarkable achievements. Instrumental in Centennial's formation, she collaborated closely with residents, rallying support for incorporation. Serving as the Chair of the Centennial Home Rule Charter Commission, she led a 21-member group in crafting the City's Charter, empowering Centennial to address local legislative matters. In 2009, she assumed the role of Centennial's second Mayor, dedicating eight years to the community.
Mayor Noon's tenure witnessed transformative initiatives throughout the City, including the completion of significant transportation projects, the opening of Centennial Center Park—the City's first-owned park—and contributing to numerous development ventures such as IKEA Centennial, Topgolf, and the groundbreaking District (formerly the Jones District) and so much more. Under her guidance, the City saw the establishment of its Senior Commission, the initiation of a fiber backbone construction, and the opening of Centennial's inaugural Public Works Facility, all of which played crucial roles in shaping the City's identity.
Her impact extended beyond city limits. In 2019, the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) bestowed upon Mayor Noon its highest honor, the John V. Christensen Award, recognizing her outstanding leadership and commitment to regional collaboration. Today, we mourn the loss of a remarkable leader whose dedication and contributions have left an indelible mark on the City of Centennial and its residents.
“Mayor Cathy Noon was a friend, a mentor and a dedicated public servant,” says 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.”