Councilwoman elected to national board

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Troy City Council Member Dejerilyn King Henderson is looking forward the service opportuities and challenges that the year 2016 brings.

Henderson was elected to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2016 Board of Directors at the 2015 Congress of Cities & Exposition held in Nashville, Tennessee.

She will serve a two-year term, and will play a key role in guiding the nation’s largest and most representative membership and advocacy organization for city officials.

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The NLC board of directors provides the critical leadership that enables the organization to strategically address the challenges facing our nation’s cities, Henderson said.

“Over the next two years, I will participate in six board of directors meetings at NLC convening’s in Washington and across the nation,” Henderson said. “These meetings will be exciting learning opportunities for me.’

Henderson was also elected to serve as an at-large member of NLC’s National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) board of directors, which represents the interests of African American elected officials.

“The NBC-LEO’s objectives include increasing African American participation on NLC’s steering and policy committees to ensure that policy and program recommendations reflect African American concerns and benefit their communities,” Henderson said.

Henderson was re-elected to the Women in Municipal Government (WiMG) board of directors and will represent the constituency group as the communications officer/secretary. “Officers positions usually rotate upward based on local elections so I could have the opportunity to lead the WiMG group as president within the next few years,” Henderson. “The advancement to president of WiMG is an economic opportunity would be an opportunity to showcase Troy, to local elected women from across the entire United States.

“Women In Municipal Government serves as a forum for communication and networking among women municipal officials and their colleagues andstrives to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities.”