The League of Minnesota Cities has been named one of 30 finalists for the 2020 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Organizations must be nominated by a National Guard or Reserve employee in their organization. The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) operates the program on behalf of the secretary of Defense to recognize employers that have demonstrated support to Guard and Reserve employees through their leadership and practices, including adopting personnel policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve.

This year, ESGR received 2,623 nominations for the Employer Support Freedom Award. Minnesota employers Ecolab and Zlimen & McGuiness have also been recognized in the list of finalists. ESGR is expected to announce 15 winners of the Freedom Award in mid-June. The League received the Pro Patria Award in 2019, which is the highest award available for recognition at the state level.

New employees

Ashley Freitag joined the League on Feb. 18 as the registration and sponsorship coordinator in the Engagement and Learning Department. She has over 13 years of administrative experience, along with event registration and coordination. Freitag received her associate’s degree in community development from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. She began her career as an administrative assistant for John Robert Powers and then moved on to sales at Anchor Paper. Her most recent administrative assistant experience was with Gartner Refrigeration. Freitag has a passion for community service and volunteers for several organizations.