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Plattsmouth's Lambert elected president of state's league of cities

Plattsmouth's Lambert elected president of state's league of cities

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LINCOLN – Plattsmouth Mayor Paul Lambert last week was elected president of the 2020-21 Executive Board of the League of Nebraska Municipalities.

“I consider it a privilege and an honor to serve in that position,” he said.

Lambert, who previously was the league’s president-elect, will serve a one-year term with an option to serve a second year.

The league is a non-profit service association that acts as a voice for state municipalities at the Nebraska Legislature. It’s governed by a 15-member Board of Directors comprised of municipal officials elected by league members at the league’s annual conferences. This year, the league held a virtual conference.

The league’s mission is to effectively advocate the many interests of member municipalities and to preserve local control. It accomplishes these priorities through conferences, meetings, representation and direct technical assistance to municipal officials.

As president, besides pushing for the passage of legislation favorable to cities, Lambert will also oversee educational seminars to provide the latest information to city personnel, as well as periodical conference calls with other mayors on key topics.

Twice a year, he’ll lead a conference with other mayors and top-level city officials, and he will communicate almost daily with league staff in Lincoln.

He expects to have league officials come here on business, and even offer a tour of Plattsmouth, Lambert said.

“It should shine a light on Plattsmouth a little bit,” he said.

Gibbon Mayor Deb VanMatre was elected president-elect of the organization’s board and Aurora Mayor Marlin Seeman was elected vice president. Dwight Livingston, North Platte mayor, will remain a member of the board as immediate past president.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Lambert said.

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