Honors and Awards

Colorado City & County Management Association Program Excellence Award

Brighton Performance and Leadership Academy

This award recognizes outstanding programs that are innovating and reshaping the way local government service is delivered. The Brighton Performance and Leadership Academy was founded in 2022 and teaches employees LEAN process improvement, team dynamics, and leadership skills. As of December 2023, this program has helped reduce turnover by more than half and resulted in over $575k in savings for the City.  For more information on the program visit the Academy page here.




Team pictured with award
ISA Gold Leaf Award

Colorado Parks & Recreation Association Columbine Innovation Award

Brighton Sports Complex and Pawlowski Fields Turf Conversion

This award recognizes individuals and organizations that contribute to the success and value of parks and recreation in the state of Colorado. The City's turf conversion project was initiated in 2021 to help reduce water usage at City parks. Through this conversion, the City has also been able to expand sports seasons and availability and position itself as a destination for tournaments in Colorado.

International Society of Arboriculture Rocky Mountain Chapter 2023 Gold Leaf Award for Outstanding Community Landscape Beautification

Arbor Day High School Tree Planting Project

This award is presented to individuals, organizations, or municipalities that have orchestrated, hosted or promoted, an Arbor Day event that has drawn the support of the community to promote the education and support the care and preservation of arboriculture.

Northeast to Southwest Overview of Water Tower Park
Katy French Receives Colorado Parks & Recreation Award

International Association of Chiefs of Police 2023  Leadership in Victim Services Award

Victim Assistance Division

The IACP Leadership in Victim Services Award recognizes law enforcement agencies that demonstrate excellence in providing innovative service to crime victims by successfully integrating current best practices of enhanced victim response into all facets of their organizations.

Colorado Parks & Recreation Association PLAaY Professional of the Year Award

Katy French, Youth Recreation Coordinator

This award recognizes individuals and organizations that contribute to the success and value of parks and recreation in the state of Colorado. Katy was recognized for her work in the Preschool Activities and Youth Section for her work with the Funshine Summer Camp and other youth programs.


Victim Services Team
North Outfall Roadwork View From Drone

Colorado Government Finance Officers Association 2023 Significant Achievement Award

Catrina Asher, Director of Finance

This award is presented to a CGFOA member that has contributed to the governmental finance practice or the organization in a significant way. Catrina has served as chair of the CGFOA Education Committee since 2017 during which time she led efforts to expand and enhance educational opportunities for government finance officers in Colorado.

American Public Works Association Colorado Chapter Environmental Project Award

Brighton North Outfall Phase 3

The North Outfall Phase 3 project was designed and constructed to protect the citizens of Brighton from flooding. City of Brighton staff began work on this ambitious project about 15 years ago to protect residents from frequent flooding in portions of the core City area. The City capitalized on the flood reduction project to implement other public infrastructure improvements including roadway reconstruction, water line replacement, stormwater quality enhancement and pedestrian access improvements.

Phase 3 included over 8,100 linear feet of stormwater pipes ranging in size from 18 inches to 72 inches, 34 manholes, 33 inlets, an underground water quality vault, 4,000 linear feet of water line replacement and 23,000 cubic yards of asphalt. The project required coordination across various City departments to improve the entire corridor.

Catrina Asher Received CGFOA Award
GFOA Distinguished Budget Award Logo

Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Award

City of Brighton 2023 Budget

GFOA established the Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program (Budget Awards Program) in 1984 to encourage and assist state and local governments to prepare budget documents of the very highest quality that reflect both the guidelines established by the National Advisory Council on State and Local Budgeting and the GFOA's best practices on budgeting and then to recognize individual governments that succeed in achieving that goal. This is the ninth year the City has won this award. The City's budget may be reviewed here.

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

City of Brighton 2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report

GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. GFOA established this certificate program to encourage and assist state and local governments to go beyond the minimum requirements of generally accepted accounting principles to prepare annual comprehensive financial reports that evidence the spirit of transparency and full disclosure and then to recognize the individual governments that succeed in achieving the goal.

GFOA Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting