Women in Municipal Government Elects New President and Names 2012 Women’s Leadership Award Recipient

Boston, MA - Councilwoman Mary Brown of Gary, IN was elected 2013 president of the Women in Municipal Government (WIMG) constituency group today during the group's annual leadership luncheon at the National League of Cities' (NLC) Congress of Cities in Boston, MA.

Other officers elected during the WIMG luncheon include:

• 1st Vice President: Mildred Crump, Councilwoman, Newark, New Jersey
• 2nd Vice President: Mary McComber, Mayor-Elect, Oak Park Heights, Minnesota
• Communications Officer: Mary "Dot" LaMarche, Vice Mayor, Farragut, Tennessee
• Immediate Past President: Kathy Maness, Councilwoman, Lexington, South Carolina

WIMG also sponsors the Women's Leadership Award program which recognizes a female local official for unique and outstanding leadership in local government. The 2012 award recipient, Lori C. Moseley, was announced during the luncheon at the Congress of Cities. Motivational speaker Vallie Collins gave the keynote address during today's luncheon. Collins was a passenger on US Airways Flight 1549 that landed in New York's Hudson River on January 15, 2009.

Additionally, during a joint reception WIMG honored Maureen Feeney for her civic contributions. Feeney is currently the Boston City Clerk and is a former nine-term Boston City Councilwoman.

WIMG was formed in 1974 to serve as a forum for communication and networking among women municipal officials and their colleagues. The group strives to raise awareness about issues of concern to women, encourages women to seek public office in their communities and helps ensure women hold leadership positions within NLC.

The National League of Cities is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.