Commissioner Erik Hansen was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014 after serving as Mayor and City Council member in Thornton. Since then, Commissioner Hansen has focused on increasing transparency in Adams County government, reforming the county’s ethics and purchasing policies, and advocating for equitable transportation funding for the county.
Hansen was awarded a Gates Foundation Fellowship in 2011 to attend the Harvard Kennedy School’s State and Local Government Executive program, received an A+ rating in 2012 and 2013 from the Sunshine Review for transparency on the Adams County website, and was recognized by the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation for his work in 2012 for promoting Spaceport Colorado at Front Range Airport.
Hansen serves as the chair of Smart Commute Metro North and the Airport Coordinating Committee. He is also on the board of Adams County Economic Development and the North Area Transportation Alliance, serves as Vice Chair of the Colorado Counties, Inc. Transportation and Telecommunications steering committee, and is on the National Association of Counties transportation steering committee.
Hansen has worked for numerous companies in the private sector in marketing and owned several small businesses. He received a Bachelor's degree in political science from Truman State University and a Master's degree in business administration from the University of Denver. Commissioner Hansen has lived in Thornton since 1997 with his wife, Holly Hansen, and has two children, Quincy and Grace.