Alderman Van R. Johnson, II, has been appointed chair of the National League of Cities’ ( NLC) 2012 Human Development Policy and Advocacy Committee. Johnson’s appointment was made by NLC President Ted Ellis, Mayor, Bluffton, Ind.
The Human Development committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving social services, children and learning, poverty and income support, employment and workforce development, equal opportunity, Social Security and seniors, individuals with disabilities, public health care, mental health parity and immigration reform. The committee is one of NLC’s seven standing committees developing policy positions and advocating on behalf of municipal governments.
“ I am honored to have this unique opportunity to serve and represent the elected officials in this country on these very important social issues”, says Alderman Johnson. He adds, “ The City of Savannah is at the head of the table and the voices of Savannahians are heard through my leadership of this committee.”
Working with Johnson as vice chairs are Farragut, Tenn., Vice Mayor Mary Dorothy ( Dot) La Marche and Louisville, Ky., Council Member Vicki Aubrey Welch.
Each NLC policy and advocacy committee has a membership of approximately 100 officials from cities and towns throughout the nation. The committee discusses and identifies specific policy issues to be addressed during the year.