Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss nominated for national leadership awardPeggy Merriss
Decatur’s city manager, Peggy Merriss, has been nominated for the League of Women in Government (LWG)‘s inaugural Leadership Trailblazer Award, joining a list of female local government officials from across the country.
According to LWG, the award recognizes an accomplished leader in the local government profession who has “championed and inspired other women to achieve as well.”
Merriss, who has served as Decatur’s first female city manager for 25 years, recently announced her plans to retire at the end of 2018. Throughout her tenure, though, she has seen the city change and grow rapidly into a nationally known hub, and she has remained proud of the place it’s become.
“I believe Decatur is just an absolutely wonderful place,” Merriss recently told Decaturish. “I’ve been here through a lot of its growth, and I just can never grow tired of it.”
Nominations for the award were submitted primarily by local government professionals who wanted to see a dedicated colleague recognized on a national scale, according to LWG.
A panel of judges will review each nomination and select the top ten finalists, as well as the final winner who will be announced at an LWG symposium on Sept. 22. This year’s award recipient will also be the first person inducted into the League of Women in Government Hall of Fame.
The top ten finalists will be announced by the League the week of Aug. 27.