Longtime local politician Chuck Brown was all smiles Thursday, at the official dedication of a county building now named after him.
The county’s transportation center and hazardous waste facility east of town on Akers Drive is known as the El Paso County Charles C “Chuck” Brown Transportation and Environmental Complex.
Brown said he appreciated the honor.
Brown twice served as a county commissioner, from 1981 to 1985 and 1993 to 2005, where he was known for wanting to spin off the eastern plains of the county amid controversy over new zoning rules.
He also was a Colorado Springs City Councilman from 1975 to 1979 and served on the city’s park and recreation board, the city’s planning commission, the city’s urban renewal board, the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments and the county’s highway advisory commission.
Brown is credited with the initial concept and development of the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority, a sales tax mechanism to fund local road projects. He also envisioned the county’s transportation center and hazardous waste facility, which now bear his name.