DECATUR — Bryan Smith, executive director for the Township Officials of Illinois and member of the Macon County Board, has been unanimously elected president of the National Association of Towns and Townships by the organization’s board of directors.
The association, based in Washington, D.C., advocates for more than 13,000 towns and townships in Illinois, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
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“I am honored and excited to begin strengthening the effectiveness of town and township government by educating lawmakers and public policy officials in Washington D.C. about how small town governments operate," Smith said in a news release. "And I look forward to being able to advocate for policies on the behalf of the communities we serve across the nation."
Smith's two-year term as president of the association began Jan. 1.
A lifelong resident of Long Creek Township, Smith has been with Township Officials of Illinois since 1987 and has been executive director since 1996. Along with legislative advocacy for townships in the Illinois Statehouse, Smith also is the editor of the organization's monthly publication, Township Perspective.