Women in Municipal Government (WIMG)

Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) constituency group was formed in 1974 to serve as a forum for communication and networking among women local elected officials and their colleagues within the National League of Cities (NLC). It strives to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, and it encourages women to seek public office in their communities.

Over the years, WIMG has worked to ensure that women hold leadership positions within NLC and serve on its Board of Directors and other special leadership groups. It has successfully forged a prominent role for women in the development of NLC's National Municipal Policy and its agenda for the nation's cities and towns. WIMG has a Board of Directors as well as an Advisory Council, which consists of its past presidents who remain in elected or appointed municipal office.

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Membership

WIMG welcomes new and returning members each year. The easiest way to join WIMG is by paying annual dues and fees via the November Congress of Cities registration process. Information about membership, dues and fees is available on the NLC Congress of Cities registration form. Dues and fees can be paid online in conjunction with the NLC conference registration fee. Prospective new members may also join throughout the year by filling out the membership application located in the membership brochure and submitting it to NLC via its instructions.

WIMG Bylaws

2015 Board of Directors

The WIMG Board of Directors is elected annually at the NLC Congress of Cities from the group's membership. Each year, members are encouraged to submit their nominations for service on the Board. For information about Board nominations and an application form, see the section about membership.

President

 

First Vice President

 

Second Vice President

Communications Officer

Mary McComber

 

Mary Dorothy

 

Patsey Kinsey

Joyce Sheperd

Mary McComber
Mayor
Oak Park Heights, Minnesota

 

Mary "Dot" LaMarche
Vice Mayor
Farragut, Tennessee

 

Patsey Kinsey
Councilmember
Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Joyce Sheperd
Councilmember
Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

Board Roster

Update: D.C. Chief of Police Will Keynote the WIMG Luncheon at This Year's Congressional City Conference

Cathy Lanier

Under the leadership of President Mary McComber, mayor, Oak Park Heights, Minn., WIMG will convene its Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Coolidge Room. It will host its Membership Luncheon on Monday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. These events will be held at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Thurgood Marshall West and South, Mezzanine Level.

This year's WIMG luncheon keynote speaker will be Chief Cathy L. Lanier, Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, D.C. The cornerstone of Chief Lanier's leadership lies in her commitment to reducing violent crimes through the strong relationships she has fostered with partners in the community as well as those within the criminal justice system. A key to this success was convincing all partners that homicides could be prevented through immediate and coordinated action. Strengthened police-community ties have opened avenues of communications, giving victims and witnesses the courage to share valuable information that helps the MPD capture criminals.

Various modes of communication have also expanded under Lanier's direction. The Metropolitan Police Department has increased its use of social media to include tools like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest. The Department also accepts anonymous text tips to help solve crimes. Since 2008, the first year the text tip line was deployed, the number of tips submitted by community members increased by nearly 600 percent. Through the MPD's reward program, concerned community members have been recognized for the contributions they made in reducing violent crimes in the District of Columbia. Between 2008 and 2012, the MPD distributed over $2.4 million in rewards for information that led to the arrest and conviction of violent criminals.

Lanier has spent her entire law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police Department, beginning in 1990. Much of her career has been in uniformed patrol, where she served as Commander of the Fourth District, one of the largest and most diverse residential patrol districts in the city. She also served as the Commanding Officer of the Department's Major Narcotics Branch and Vehicular Homicide Units.

After assuming leadership of the Metropolitan Police Department on January 2, 2007, Cathy L. Lanier was unanimously confirmed as the Chief of Police by the Council of the District of Columbia on April 3, 2007. Chief Lanier is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Unit Commanders Academy. She holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master's Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. She is also certified at the technician level in Hazardous Materials Operations.

The WIMG luncheon is a ticketed event. Be sure to purchase your tickets at the NLC registration desk; the cost is $40. Also, all of the NLC constituency groups will be co-sponsoring the Monday, March 9 Celebrate Diversity Breakfast, founded by NBC-LEO, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. This event is open to all NLC registered delegates, and tickets are $35. This year's keynote speaker is Michelle Bernard, chairman, founder, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy.

In addition to President Mary McComber, WIMG officers are: Mary Dorothy "Dot" LaMarche, vice mayor, Farragut, Tenn. (first vice president); Patsy Kinsey (second vice president), councilwoman, Charlotte, N.C.; Joyce Sheperd (communications officer), councilwoman, Atlanta, Ga.; and Mildred Crump (immediate past president), council president, Newark, N.J.