At its 51st annual General Assembly meeting on Friday, June 16, 2017, NCTCOG member governments elected a new Executive Board, which will be chaired by North Richland Hills Councilmember Tom Lombard. President Lombard assumes the leadership of NCTCOG from Lissa Smith, Former Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Plano, who was elected to the one-year term in June 2016. She will continue on the NCTCOG Board as the 2017-2018 Past President. Waxahachie Mayor Keven Strength is the new Vice President and Wise County Judge J.D. Clark is Secretary/Treasurer.
Lombard was first elected to NCTCOG’s Executive Board in 2014, and has served as Director, Secretary/Treasurer and Vice President before being elected President. He has made his home in North Richland Hills since 1994 and was elected to City Council there in 2009. In his acceptance remarks as NCTCOG’s President, Lombard invited member government officials and staffs to participate in the monthly meetings at NCTCOG and said, “It will be our duty to leave our local hats at the door, and put on our regional hats as we look for positive solutions beyond our individual borders, and regionally cooperate to benefit us all.”
In addition to the four officers, 13 Directors were elected to the 17-member NCTCOG board: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, City of Dallas Councilmember Lee Kleinman, City of Fort Worth Councilmember Kelly Allen-Gray, Collin County Judge Keith Self, Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell, City of Arlington Councilmember Kathryn Wilemon, City of Prosper Mayor Ray Smith, Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood, City of Garland Mayor Doug Athas, City of Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker, City of DeSoto Mayor Curtistene McCowan, and Town of Trophy Club Mayor Nick Sanders. The Honorable State Representative Ron Simmons, District 65, is the NCTCOG Ex-Officio member.
The General Assembly also included the presentation of the following regional awards.
Shelli Siemer, Assistant City Manager for the City of Allen, received the Linda Keithley Award for Women in Public Management. Ms. Seimer was described as an advocate for public service and was praised for her leadership, mentorship and investment of her personal time to the development of future leaders of the profession, often outside of formal programs.
The cities of Anna, Howe, Melissa and Van Alstyne received this year's Regional Cooperation Award. These cities truly represented the concept of regional cooperation as they reached across two state planning regions to form a municipal alliance to find cooperative programs to enhance both the individual cities and their sub-regional areas and to accomplish projects that were practically impossible and unfundable for any one city alone. Jointly, the cities planned and develop a dependable surface water supply system where they had been dependent on ground water with diminishing well capacity. The cost savings are difficult to even measure. Absent a dependable water supply, the growth and quality of growth experienced would not be possible.
2017 General Assembly Report