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Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean Elected Second Vice President of the National League of Cities

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Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean Elected Second Vice President of the National League of Cities

Colbert-Kean is the First Missouri City Official in NLC Top Leadership in Five Decades

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean was elected second vice president of the National League of Cities at the annual Congress of Cities and Exposition Nov. 16 in Seattle, Wash. Colbert-Kean is the first Missouri city official to be named to top leadership with NLC in more than 50 years. She will serve a one-year term in this role that traditionally leads to one-year terms as first vice-president, then president of the national organization representing more than 19,000 cities and towns.

“It’s fantastic to see Missouri represented at the top level in this important organization, and we know Melodee will play a vital role in strengthening communities across the country,” said Dan Ross, Missouri Municipal League executive director.

Missouri has had two other mayors in NLC leadership. Mayor Raymond R. Tucker, St. Louis, served as president in 1960 and Mayor W.F. Kemp, Kansas City, was president in 1954.

All NLC officers are selected by a 15-member nominating committee and are elected by NLC’s membership. The organization elected Mayor Chris Coleman of Saint Paul, Minn., to serve as the NLC’s 2014 president and Mayor Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City, Utah as first vice president.

A lifelong Joplin resident, Mayor Colbert-Kean is president of Prayerful Portion, LLC, a small business consulting firm, and is a Missouri Licensed Realtor with Charles Burt Realtors. Colbert-Kean has served as an elected official since 2006 with the city of Joplin and as an active board member with NLC. She also serves on the MML Economic Development & Human Resources Board and is a Governors Appointee to the Missouri Women’s Council.

The Missouri Municipal League provides a united voice for municipalities across Missouri. Founded in 1934, MML now serves more than 675 municipalities with training, resources and legislative advocacy for local government success. Learn more at www.mocities.com.

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