The John V. Christensen Award is DRCOG’s highest accolade and has been presented since 1973. Established in memory of John V. Christensen, a DRCOG founder and Arapahoe County commissioner, it recognizes individuals who promote cooperation and collaboration for the benefit of the region. The 43rd honoree is Chuck Sisk.

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) presented its highest honor, the John V. Christensen Memorial Award, to Chuck Sisk for his leadership of and advocacy for regional collaboration and development. The award was presented during DRCOG’s annual awards celebration.

Sisk was elected to Louisville City Council in 1992, beginning a 20-year run as an elected official culminating with his service as Mayor of Louisville from 2003-2011. He earned the informal title of “Mr. Louisville” for his dedication to the community, and for his success in promoting its economic and cultural vibrancy. Sisk was at the helm during a time of significant growth and change, helping to revitalize the downtown area. Sisk also pushed for the building of Monarch High School, which connected and served residents from Louisville and its neighbor, Superior.

Sisk’s leadership continued with service on the US 36 Mayors and Commissioners Coalition where he advocated for major improvements along the US 36 Corridor, including Bus Rapid Transit, managed lanes and the US 36 bikeway. In addition, Sisk was a member of Metro Mayors Caucus from 2005-2011, serving as Chair in 2007. He was appointed by the Boulder County Commissioners to the RTD Board of Directors for District O in 2013, serving as RTD Board Chair in 2014.

Sisk earned both his B.A. and his law degree from the University of Colorado, and he’s been a part of the law firm Hurth, Sisk and Blakemore since 1973. Sisk has been active in civic organizations over many years, and spent more than 20 years as a college football official in the Western Athletic Conference.

“As Chuck retires from his seat on the RTD board, DRCOG is proud to highlight his many contributions as a regional leader, achiever and community builder,” said Douglas Rex, executive director for DRCOG.

The Denver Regional Council of Governments is a planning organization where local governments collaborate to establish guidelines, set policy and allocation finding in the areas of transportation and personal mobility, growth and development and aging and disability resources.