(June 21, 2018—St. Cloud, Minn.) Mayor Mary Hamann-Roland of the City of Apple Valley has been selected as the League of Minnesota Cities C.C. Ludwig Award winner for 2018. Mayor Hamann-Roland received the honor at the League’s Annual Conference in St. Cloud.
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.
Mayor Hamann-Roland has served as mayor of Apple Valley since 1998 and in various other capacities representing local government on regional, state, and national stages. Mayor Hamann-Roland keeps advocacy for the public good at the center of her work and has created many valuable partnerships during her time as mayor to provide efficient and effective services for all. Mayor Hamann-Roland’s spirit of collaboration has united many communities in the region to explore opportunities to partner on projects and services.
Since 1993, Mayor Hamann-Roland has held an impressive number of public positions. She served on the Independent School District 196 School Board, with the National League of Cities, Municipal Legislative Commission Board, Minnesota Mayors Association, and countless other organizations.
Mayor Hamann-Roland served on the League of Minnesota Cities Board of Directors, and Improving Service Delivery Policy Committee. In 2008, she assumed the role of President of the League at a time when cities were facing budget hardships from the national economic recession. Mayor Hamann-Roland stressed the importance of unity among cities and spread her message that decisions made at a city level will ultimately influence decisions at the state level.
Through her incredible service, Mayor Hamann-Roland has earned the respect and trust of council peers, other state and county elected officials, and city officials across the state and nation. Her nominators describe her as “…visible, energetic and committed to improving local government and the lives of all citizens.”