NACo Wraps Conference, Looks Ahead (and Back)

The National Association of Counties held a successful and productive annual conference, installing its new leadership team to advance the counties’ message to policy makers across the country.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) wrapped its annual conference in Clark County, NV with the installation of new Association President, The Honorable Mary Ann Borgeson, a Douglas County Nebraska Commissioner. The membership also elected The Honorable Larry Johnson, a DeKalb County, Georgia Commissioner to serve as its 2nd Vice President, and to presumably ascend through the leadership ranks in the years ahead.

From the NACo coverage of the event:

Borgeson is joined by First Vice President Gary Moore, judge/executive of Boone County, Ky.; Second Vice President Larry Johnson, DeKalb County, Ga. commissioner and Immediate Past President Greg Cox, supervisor, San Diego County.

Borgeson was sworn into office by her son Rich, surrounded by members of her family, including husband Bob, son Ed and daughter-in-law Beth.

Her presidential initiative will explore how counties can best serve the nation’s aging population.

Borgeson was first elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 1994. She was re-elected to her sixth term in 2014. In 1997, Borgeson was the first woman elected to serve as chairwoman of the Douglas County Board and has served in this capacity for numerous years. Borgeson has served as chair of the NACo Health Services and Cyber Security Committees and vice chair of the Large Urban County Caucus, Healthy Counties, Health Services Committee, and is a member of the International Economic Development, Arts and Culture, Membership and Programs and Services Committees. Commissioner Borgeson is past president of Women of NACo.

NACo’s new officers pause for a photo Monday in Clark County, Nev. (Left-right): Immediate Past President Greg Cox, San Diego County supervisor; First Vice President Gary Moore, Boone County, Ky. judge/executive; President Mary Ann Borgeson, Douglas County, Neb. commissioner and Second Vice President Larry Johnson, DeKalb County, Ga. commissioner. Photo by Denny Henry

See social media coverage of the NACo Annual Conference using the twitter hashtag #NACoAnn

Outgoing NACo President Greg Cox, who presided over the business meeting, shared thoughts on his term and accomplishments as NACo President during 2018-19:

It’s been exhilarating, eye-opening and very rewarding. I’ve been fortunate to serve as mayor of my hometown of Chula Vista, Calif., county supervisor for nearly 25 years, president of the League of California Cities and president of the California State Association of Counties. But nothing could have prepared me to serve as president of the National Association of Counties. As president, I had the honor and, quite frankly, the pressure of representing 3,069 counties in meetings at the White House, at countless state association conferences and at NACo gatherings. It’s a heavy responsibility but I enjoyed every minute of it.

Read the full NACo interview with Commissioner Cox on the NACo website.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties