Dr. Darwin J. Strickland and former mayor Odell Barry were the first two honorees of the City of Northglenn’s new Resident Recognition Program at the March 25 City Council meeting. The recognition …
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Dr. Darwin J. Strickland and former mayor Odell Barry were the first two honorees of the City of Northglenn’s new Resident Recognition Program at the March 25 City Council meeting.
The recognition program is part of the city’s 50th anniversary celebration. It’s meant to acknowledges people who have made huge contributions to the city and its residents.
Strickland was a staple for the Adams 12 Five Star School District. He volunteered as the Northglenn High School football team doctor from 1967 to 2017 and helped start the school district’s educational foundation in 1987. He served on the district board for eight years. “I’ve been here a long time, good gosh … But it’s been a wonderful ride and I’ve certainly enjoyed Northglenn,” said Strickland. “And I’ve been so happy that Northglenn has done so well.”
Barry the first black mayor of a major city in Colorado in 1980. He was also the first black person chosen to be president of the Colorado Civic Defense Association and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1980. A former Denver Broncos player, he held football camps for roughly 7,000 youth from the community. Before becoming mayor, he served on council from 1972 to 1980.
“This is an unbelievable experience coming tonight, far exceeding any other experiences that I’ve had,” Barry said.
To nominated someone for the Northglenn Resident Recognition Program, go to www.northglenn.org/recognition. Nominees who meet the qualifications will be recognized at the second council meeting of each month through 2019.
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