2016 C.C. Ludwig Award Winner

Oak Park Heights Mayor Mary McComber named by the League of Minnesota Cities as the C.C. Ludwig Award recipient for 2016

(June 16, 2016—St. Paul, Minn.) Mayor Mary McComber from the City of Oak Park Heights has been selected as the League of Minnesota Cities C.C. Ludwig Award winner for 2016. The honor was announced today at the League’s Annual Conference in St. Paul.

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

Mary McComber has served the City of Oak Park Heights since the year 2000, first as a city councilmember and then as mayor. She has served at a time when the city has been involved with major projects such as engagement with MnDOT for the new St. Croix River Crossing, construction of a new city hall, several park redevelopments, and many miles of street improvements.

Additionally, Mayor McComber currently serves as the council liaison to the city Park Commission, and previously served as a liaison to the city’s Planning Commission. She is also a past president and member for the city Economic Development Authority.

Mayor McComber has an impressive record of service with the League of Minnesota Cities, through her participation on at least seven governing committees, most recently on the Executive Director Search Committee and the Improving Local Economies legislative policy committee.

During her years of service, Mayor McComber has earned high esteem and admiration from council peers, other state and county elected officials, and city officials from all around the state and nation. Of Mayor McComber, one of her nominators noted that she “…has always been open, responsive, and engaged.”

About the judges
The 2016 C.C. Ludwig Award nominations were judged by a two-person panel of past League of Minnesota Cities presidents, including Richard Brainerd, councilmember from the City of Mahtomedi, and Jim Miller, former executive director of the League.

About the League
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.