TAVARES — Lake County District 5 Commissioner Welton Cadwell has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) by NACo’s newly-appointed President Bryan Deslodge, a Leon County Commissioner.
Deslodge made his policy committee leadership appointments during the association’s 81st Annual Conference and Exposition held July 22-25, where Cadwell was named one of 10 at-large board members. The NACo board of directors governs the strategic goals, policies and priorities of the association, as well as oversees the association’s policies, business and property.
“I am honored that President Deslodge would appoint me to this leadership position,” said Cadwell. “I am a big advocate of home-rule, which allows local governments to govern and set policy that best meets the needs of its residents, and I hope to further that commitment at the national level on behalf of over 3,000 counties.”
During the conference, Cadwell was also reappointed as vice-chair of NACo’s Community and Economic Development Steering Committee, where he has served since 1997.
Lake County was honored with five NACo Annual Achievement Awards this year for its successful implementation of innovative programs that modernize county government and increase services to residents. The county programs awarded include the Automatic Aid Agreements for Fire Rescue; customer-friendly web enhancements for the Property Appraiser’s website; Keep Lake Beautiful; the Board’s new agenda process; and the Parks & Trails mobile data collector.
Awards are grouped into 21 different categories, and each application is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received.
Founded in 1935, NACo unites America’s 3,069 county governments, and brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public’s understanding of county government, and exercise exemplary leadership in public service.
For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.