Senter named to NLC nominating committee
Morristown City Councilmember Kay Senter was among 11 elected city officials tabbed by National League of Cities President Marie Lopez Rogers, mayor, Avondale, Ariz., to form a nominating committee responsible for recommending a slate of Officers and Board members to lead NLC in 2014.
The committee, with 15 total members, will select the nominees who will be elected during the Annual Business Meeting at the Congress of Cities and Exposition in Seattle, Wash. Saturday, Nov. 16.
“I was very honored when I found out that Marie Lopez Rogers, our president, had nominated me to be on the committee,” Senter said.
NLC Immediate Past President Ted Ellis, mayor, Bluffton, Indiana, will chair the committee, which includes three state municipal league executive directors.
“What they do in this committee is try to look for leaders that are representative of the small and large communities and the diversity that we have across the nation,” Senter said. “It’s a really interesting process. The candidates who are applying come before the nominating committee in open forum and do a presentation about what they will bring to the job.”
The candidates then have a private session with the committee. After that, the committee meets behind closed doors and selects the nominees.
“It’s not an easy task,” Senter said. “You do have the cream of the crop. … It’s an arduous task. It’s an honor to be part of it.”
Senter joined the NLC when she was first elected to council in 1993 and by 1997 had been named to the Public Safety and Crime Committee. She has been active in several aspects of the group, including Women in Municipal Government, of which she is a past president.
She is also a member and past president of the Tennessee Municipal League and was appointed by Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.
Senter said she has enjoyed her involvement over the years and has built a network of contacts who she consults when Morristown faces various issues.
She can seek input from other cities’ leaders who have faced similar challenges.
The process works the other way, as well. Senter can seek input from local leaders, like Police Chief Roger Overholt or Fire Chief Bill Honeycutt, and use their ideas to help set the national agenda.
“I enjoy networking, finding out what’s going on and sharing idea, we share the best practices that we have in breakout sessions,” Senter said. “When we participate here, it is an opportunity for Morristown and Tennessee to have a seat at the table. We have an opportunity for input.”
In 2002, Senter was chosen to make a presentation at the Congress of Cities on the state’s best practices in public safety.
“It’s been exciting. I do enjoy it,” she said. “It’s near and dear to my heart.”
-From Staff Reports