WASHINGTON – Douglas County, Neb. Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson was sworn in as president of the National Association of Counties (NACo) at the conclusion of NACo’s 84th Annual Conference & Exposition July 15.
“With the simple message that counties matter, we will continue to advocate for federal policies that advance the interests of county government and our residents,” said Borgeson. “Whether fighting unfunded mandates or securing needed investments in critical county services, NACo is the voice for county government in our nation’s capital and beyond.”
In her inaugural remarks, Borgeson touched on the importance of serving the needs of aging populations. By 2035, for the first time in America’s history, the population of adults 65 and older will outnumber children. With this as a priority of her presidency, Borgeson plans to lead NACo to new levels of serving all residents, including the most vulnerable.
“From supporting home-based care and caregivers to building safe and accessible communities for people of all ages, counties are leveraging local, state and federal resources to help older adults and their families,” Borgeson said.
Active in NACo for nearly a decade, Borgeson was elected second vice president in 2017 at the NACo Annual Conference in Franklin County, Ohio and became first vice president last year in Davidson County, Tenn. She has served as chair of the Health Policy Committee and vice chair of the Large Urban County Caucus and Healthy Counties Advisory Board. Borgeson is a former president of the Women of NACo Leadership Network.
She was first elected to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners in 1994. She was re-elected to her seventh term in 2018. In 1997, Borgeson was the first woman elected to serve as chairwoman of the Douglas County Board and has served in this capacity for numerous years.
Held in Clark County, Nev., NACo’s Annual Conference attracted nearly 3,000 county leaders and partners from across the country.Standard