Lafayette City Council member Tonya Briggs has died.
According to a news release from Lafayette on Monday, Briggs died “suddenly” on Saturday at the age of 44. No reason has been given at this time.
Briggs lived in Lafayette for 14 years and spent most of her life in Boulder County.
Briggs was elected in 2021 and served as the Council’s liaison to the Human Rights Commission, the Lafayette Open Space Advisory Committee, the Historic Preservation Board and the Waste Reduction Advisory Committee during her term. She was also a member of the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Community Noise Roundtable.
“Tonya has left a lasting impact on our community through her selflessness, determination and dedication to improving the lives of others. “Their contributions will be remembered for years to come,” Mayor JD Mangat said in the release.
Lafayette officials have not yet said what will become of Briggs’ seat.
Briggs and her husband also ran their small plumbing business, Around The Clog, for more than 12 years. Before starting the company, Briggs worked in accounting and held a technical certificate in horticulture and greenhouse management.
Briggs was known as an animal lover and had a passion for the environment. She took in many animals in her home and worked closely with Mother Gaia Rescue.
Briggs is survived by her husband, Doug, and their three daughters, Bailey, Haddie and Finely. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in her name to Mother Gaia Rescue and Good Life Refuge. Donations can be made at mgarcolorado.org/donate and goodliferefuge-bloom.kindful.com.