Metro West Council of Government Welcomes Lesli Melendy as New Executive Director
AURORA, IL.-This week the Metro West Council of Governments Board of Directors and staff welcomed their new Executive Director, Lesli Melendy, to the organization. Melendy succeeds Executive Director Mary Randle, who is retiring at the end of June.
Melendy brings years of experience in state government to the table, as she previously served as Chief of Staff for two state senators. She will l leverage that skillset to help Metro West navigate the complicated and delicate relationship between state and local government. Melendy is also a member of the Huntley School Board and has a deep understanding of school district operations and challenges. An involved member of her local community, she also has several connections with volunteer and non-profit organizations throughout the region.
"We are fortunate to have someone with Lesli's experience and background leading Metro West to the next level; said Sean Michels, President, Metro West Council of Government. She is a strong communicator and understands the challenges of local government."
Melendy said it was a privilege to be chosen for the executive director position. I am honored and excited to take the helm of Metro West, she said. "The organization is poised and ready to go to the next level, and I look forward to advocating for our members so they can achieve new levels of success."
Metro West Council of Government is an association of municipalities serving a population of more than 750,000 in Kane, Kendall and DeKalb Counties in Illinois. Metro West fosters regional cooperation to address regional issues including managing growth, transportation and water conservation and promoting sustainable economic development. Metro West provides a united voice for municipalities and serves as their strong advocate. The Council provides networking opportunities for area mayors and managers, which allow them to share ideas and address common issues.
Sign Up to Attend the Annual Metro West Legislative BBQ and Session Review
On June 27th Metro West will host their annual Legislative BBQ and Session Review. This event will be at the Elburn Lions Community Park, 500 Filmore Street, Elburn. The members of the Lion's organization will be barbequing chicken and pork chops on the grill. The evening will start off with networking at 5:30. Around 6:30 Elburn President Jeff Walter will provide a welcome and everyone will have time to enjoy the great food and to speak with the mayors, administrators and business partners attending. Following dinner Curt Fiedler, Metro West Lobbyist and partner at Morrill and Fiedler, will give us a look at the recent Illinois General Assembly Spring Session. He will reflect on what was accomplished, and what was not accomplished and what he speculates will possibly be happening in the rest of 2019 and topics likely to be legislative priorities in 2020. This is always a favorite event. It is a casual evening. Put on your summer picnic party apparel and come join the fun! Don't worry about rain or heat-it's comfortable inside the air-conditioned pavilion.
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Sean Michels, President
Village of Sugar Grove
Kathy Curtis, President
Village of Maple Park
Steve Bosco, Administrator
Village of North Aurora
Dan DiSanto, Administrator
Village of Oswego
DeKalb County Municipal Representative
Jerry Smith, Mayor, City of DeKalb
Kane County Municipal Representative
Jeff Walter, President, Village of Elburn
Kendall County Municipal Representative
Jeff Zoephel, Administrator, Village of Montgomery
Immediate Past President
Steve Ward, President, Village of South Elgin
Past Presidents-Executive Committee Members
Matt Brolley, President, Village of Montgomery
David Kaptain, Mayor of Elgin
Stephan Pickett, President, Village of Sleepy Hollow
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