Willmar Mayor Named NLC 2nd VP

Willmar Mayor Les Heitke elected as an officer for the National League of Cities

(St. Paul, Minn—Nov. 16, 2009) Willmar Mayor Les Heitke has been elected to the position of second vice president of the National League of Cities (NLC) for 2009-2010. Heitke was elected by unanimous consent at the NLC’s Congress of Cities in San Antonio on Nov. 14.

The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) endorsed Mayor Heitke’s candidacy for second vice president, and assisted with support and staffing for his campaign. Heitke is a past president of LMC, and currently serves as Chair of the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust. LMC serves its more than 800 member cities through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services.

The NLC is the nation’s oldest and largest organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 U.S. cities, towns, and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

Mayor Heitke has been involved in NLC for more than a decade, leading committees that set national policy on topics including public safety. In the NLC officer succession process, the second vice president is eventually elected to the position of first vice president and then to the position of president. That would put Heitke in the rotation to serve as NLC President for 2011-12.

“(Mayor Heitke) understands the needs of communities and the importance of working with state, federal, and private-sector leaders to get things done for the people he and I both serve,” wrote U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson in a letter supporting Heitke’s candidacy. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Sen. Norm Coleman, and municipal leaders from across the country also wrote letters of support.