Mayor Paul Sorensen was first elected mayor in April 2014 and re-elected in 2016. He grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago. He relocated to Redondo Beach, Calif., where he worked with aerospace manufacturing companies to implement sophisticated 3D graphic design systems. He soon became self-employed and 30 years later still enjoys the challenges of his profession designing complex fixtures and creating the machine programs to manufacture structural components for military and commercial aircraft.
Sorensen’s first exposure to local politics was seven years ago when the Firestone Board of Trustees was at odds with the St. Vrain Valley School District. He joined a small group of parents to try to persuade the board to work out their differences. When the board refused, he was motivated to seek a seat on the Board of Trustees to work on a solution. Now almost eight years later, the Board of Trustees has a great level of cooperation and support established with the school district.
Shortly after being elected Trustee in 2008, Sorensen and staff successfully planned a 100th anniversary celebration for Firestone with the approval of the Centennial Clock, time capsule and memorial bricks to recognize the milestone. His passion for researching Firestone’s rich history was also a byproduct of that project leading to other historic endeavors; including building a miniature coal mine used in classroom discussions to teach about Firestone’s past.
Sorensen also took the initiative and designed the new sign that proudly identifies Firestone’s historic neighborhood and honors the community’s heritage. He has created several historic documents displayed at Firestone Town Hall, the Carbon Valley Regional Library and the Colorado Municipal League office in Denver. Currently, he is working on a historic video and a history of the community's pioneer families.
There is a long list of policies that the Board of Trustees and staff has implemented throughout the last eight years to improve efficiencies and reduce costs that Sorensen is proud to be a part of. He also enjoys being involved with the Carbon Valley Rotary, Carbon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Carbon Valley Regional Library, American Legion and area special events.
Sorensen is blessed to have met his wife, Julia, in California. Before making Colorado home 13 years ago, they lived in Tennessee for a while. They have two sons ages 22 and 19, plus a stepdaughter and her husband who have three wonderful granddaughters.