Camel named to National League of Cities panel

SOUTH BAY — City Manager Leondrae Camel has been named to the National League of Cities’ federal advocacy committee for Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations (FAIR).

This committee has the lead responsibility for developing the league’s federal policy positions on issues involving national economic policy, general financial assistance programs, liability insurance, intergovernmental relations, census, municipal bonds and capital finance, municipal management, antitrust issues, citizen participation and civil rights, labor relations, Native American sovereignty and municipal authority. The appointment was announced by NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, the mayor of Gary, Ind.

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South Bay City Manager Leondrae Camel.

“The City of South Bay continues to enhance our financial structure, starting with being released from financial emergency status by Florida’s Office of the Chief Inspector General,” said City Manager Camel. “An appointment to this committee is a win for our city because we get to advocate on behalf of small townships and rural communities — and build a network of support for our growth,” he added.

As a committee member, Mr. Camel will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home. Mr. Camel said that he is looking forward to being a think-tank for solving the financial, administrative and intergovernmental woes faced by all cities.

“Our federal advocacy committees help ensure that policymakers in Washington know what’s happening on the ground in our communities — and what is needed from our federal partners,” said Ms. Freeman-Wilson. “I am proud to have Leondrae D. Camel join NLC’s Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee on behalf of his residents. Together with a team of local leaders from around the country, we will work to solve the most pressing challenges facing our communities.”

The leadership of this year’s committee consists of Chairman Chris Brown, city controller in Houston; Vice Chairman Leondrae Camel; and Vice Chairwoman Catherine Dauler, a council member in State College, Pa. For more information on NLC’s federal advocacy committees, visit nlc.org/advocacy/ committees.

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