Peterson Announces Next Year's Leadership Appointment Process

By Becker, Christine | Nation's Cities Weekly, August 21, 2006 | Go to article overview

Peterson Announces Next Year's Leadership Appointment Process


Becker, Christine, Nation's Cities Weekly


NLC First Vice President Bart Peterson, mayor of Indianapolis, announced his plans for the 2007 leadership and committee appointment process last week.

Peterson said he will make all leadership appointments in November in order to have his leadership team in place at the conclusion of the 2006 Congress of Cities and Exposition in Reno, Nev., Dec. 5-9.

In his role as incoming NLC president, Peterson will appoint chairs, vice chairs and members to all standing committees for one-year terms. This includes the seven Policy and Advocacy Steering Committees; the four CityFutures Panels; the Congress of Cities Program Committee; the Council on Youth, Education, and Families; the International Council; the Leadership Training Council; the Central Cities Council; the First Tier Suburbs Council; the Small Cities Council and the University Communities Council.

He will also appoint the chairs and vice chairs of the Advisory Council, which is made up of city officials who have served on the NLC Board of Directors, and will appoint a chair and vice chair of the Corporate Partners Leadership Council, which is made up of representatives from NLC's Corporate Partners organizations.

Individuals must be from NLC member cities to hold a leadership position and serve on NLC standing committees.

Peterson said he will look to the chairs and vice chairs of NLC leadership groups to participate actively in NLC's work priorities during his leadership year, including membership recruitment and retention, responding to close to home issues and challenges, and advocating for municipal priorities in Washington, D.C.

"Over the past few years, the committee chairs have been instrumental in shaping organizational directions and supporting major leadership priorities," Peterson said. "I plan to continue to rely on the committee leaders that I will appoint in November, along with the elected leaders of the six constituency groups, to maintain strong connections with all direct member cities as we carry out the priorities we will set in January 2007."

Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs

Applications for committee chairs and vice chairs for all standing committees are due at NLC headquarters by Monday, Oct. 2.

In making leadership appointments, Peterson said he will factor in commitment to NLC, knowledge of the issues the committee is dealing with and a willingness to commit the time and energy it takes to lead one of NLC's standing groups. He said he will also focus on ensuring that the committee appointments are representative of NLC's diverse membership to the maximum extent possible.

Peterson plans to seek input from the NLC Officers and Board of Directors, state municipal league directors and constituency group chairs to help achieve this goal.

"Creating a leadership team that reflects the diversity of our membership in every way is essential to our effectiveness as the voice for America's cities and towns and vital to sustaining broad membership involvement," Peterson said. …

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