New employee

Jennifer Robertson joined the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust’s Workers’ Compensation Program on July 27 as a claims coordinator. Jennifer has previous experience in the insurance industry, most recently as a medical service and catastrophe operations coordinator and as a recovery subrogation specialist.

Awards

League employee Evan Tsai has received the 2020 Distinguished Humanitarian Award from the Ramsey County Bar Association (RCBA). The RCBA presents this award to individuals who show outstanding achievement in serving the citizens of Ramsey County, promoting a better sense of understanding and respect for our government and courts, and showing leadership in the development of law in our community. Tsai is a Marine Corps veteran and a dedicated volunteer to providing legal services to fellow service members. He helped start the Ramsey County Veterans Treatment Court, which connects veterans with resources to help overcome difficulties that have led to criminal activity. The court, which launched in 2013, helps thousands of veterans each year. Tsai, a graduate of the William Mitchell College of Law, recently joined the League as a defense attorney. Previously, he was a public defender in the Second Judicial District of Minnesota.

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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.