City of Savage Mayor Janet Williams honored with top award for elected officials from the League of Minnesota Cities

(June 24, 2022 – St. Paul, MN) At its Annual Conference in Duluth yesterday, the League of Minnesota Cities presented City of Savage Mayor Janet Williams with the organization’s 2022 C.C. Ludwig Award for outstanding service.

Mayor Williams was elected to the Savage City Council in 2004 and made history in 2008 by becoming the City’s first female mayor. She was one of the early champions of SCALE, Scott County Alliance for Leadership and Efficiency, which was developed to improve services to Scott County businesses and residents.

Mayor Williams is a tireless advocate for mental health causes and has championed the construction of a new intensive residential treatment center in the city. According to one of her nominators, she stands at the forefront of developing and communicating a better understanding of how mental health affects residents as well as city-employed first responders. Mayor Williams also serves as a long-time volunteer for the state chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

In addition to her city duties, Mayor Williams has served on the Executive Board of the Municipal Legislative Commission, executive board of the Regional Council of Mayors, the League of Minnesota Cities Mayors’ panel, and in several capacities for many other organizations. In 2011, she was a Minnesota Women in City Government award winner.

The C.C. Ludwig Award is named for a former League executive director and is the League’s highest award for elected officials. Established in 1962, the award is presented annually in celebration of outstanding service. Recipients are chosen for their vision, statesmanship, and unwavering commitment to the public good.

The League of Minnesota Cities is a membership organization dedicated to helping cities throughout Minnesota build quality communities through effective advocacy, expert analysis, trusted guidance, and collective action. The League serves its more than 830 member cities through advocacy, education and training, policy development, risk management, and other services.