Jim Gunning has a proven track record of bringing solutions and leadership to intricate and difficult situations. His years of experience in the armed forces and in leadership positions within the airline industry and the City of Lone Tree as a Council Member and Mayor have honed his
After graduating with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from St. Louis University, Jim started his career in the United States Air Force as an Air Force Officer and Pilot. He spent almost nine years on active duty before seeking employment as a commercial airline pilot. He is employed with United Airlines as an Airbus A-320 Captain.
After Jim moved to the commercial world of flying, his strong sense of patriotism drew him back to the Air Force Reserve. He served for over 20 years of combined service on active or reserve status in the United States Air Force. In 2001, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force Reserve. During his military career, Jim flew numerous missions in support of our nation ranging from intelligence gathering to combat support for Desert Storm.
Elected to the Lone Tree City Council in May of 2006 and elected Mayor in May of 2008, Jim has demonstrated that he is responsive to the people of Lone Tree. During his time on Council, Jim advocated for, and has completed, nearly $10 million in recreation amenities for the residents of Lone Tree, including two neighborhood parks, a swimming complex and tennis facility. In addition, the Lone Tree Arts Center, a City-owned $18 million 500-seat performance venue, opened in late 2011.
Mayor Gunning served as the 2013 and 2014 Chair of the Metro Mayors Caucus, and he also represented the City as a board member at the Denver South Economic Development Partnership and numerous other organizations. Jim has become a respected voice on many issues, including regional transportation and economic development, which he believes are inherently linked. Jim also served as Chair of MPACT64, a group consisting of four regional organizations covering all 64 counties in Colorado. This group, comprised of the Metro Mayors Caucus, Progressive 15, Action 22 and Club 20 have been working together to find consensus strategies to increase transportation funding for all of Colorado.
Termed out as Lone Tree Mayor, Jim is now a member of the Mobility Choice Blueprint team. Mobility Choice is a public-private partnership between Denver Metro area businesses, CDOT, RTD and the Denver Regional Council of Governments. The effort was convened to conduct a study producing a blueprint into the future for emerging innovations in mobility infrastructure.