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Lissa SmithAt its 50th annual General Assembly meeting on Friday, June 17, 2016, NCTCOG member governments elected a new Executive Board, which will be chaired by Plano Mayor Pro Tem Lissa Smith. President Smith was first elected to NCTCOG’s Executive Board in 2012 and served as Director and Vice President before being elected President. She has made her home in Plano since 1990, where she has been a longtime community activist and Collin County civic leader. In 2009, she was elected to her first term on the Plano City Council and was re-elected in 2013. President Smith also brings 13 years of experience as District Director for former State Senator Florence Shapiro and most recently served as CEO of Meals on Wheels Collin County.

North Richland Hills Councilmember Tom Lombard is the new Vice President and Waxahachie Mayor Kevin Strength was elected Secretary/Treasurer. Hunt County Judge John Horn will serve as the NCTCOG Past President.

In addition to the four officers, 13 Directors were elected to the 17-member Executive Board: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, City of Dallas Councilmember Lee Kleinman, City of Fort Worth Councilmember Kelly Allen-Gray, Collin County Judge Keith Self, Denton County Commissioner Bobbie Mitchell, City of Arlington Councilmember Kathryn Wilemon, Wise County Judge J. D. Clark, City of Mesquite Councilmember Bruce Archer, City of Prosper Mayor Ray Smith, Kaufman County Judge Bruce Wood, City of Burleson Councilmember Dan McClendon, and City of Denton Mayor Chris Watts. The Honorable State Representative Jeff Leach, District 67, is the NCTCOG Ex Officio member.

NCTCOG's 2015-2016 President, John Horn, presided over the General Assembly, which also included the presentation of the following regional awards.

Opal Mauldin-Robertson

Opal Mauldin-Robertson, City Manager for the City of Lancaster, received the Linda Keithley Award for Women in Public Management. Ms. Mauldin-Robertson was described as an incredible asset to the public sector, passionate and focused on making a positive impact on the citizens she serves and committed to mentoring not only within her organization, but throughout the region and beyond, helping others to see and reach for opportunities to grow, both personally and professionally.

Mickey Parson

Mickey Parson, Mayor Pro Tem with the City of Granbury, received the William J. Pitstick Regional Excellence Award. Mr. Parson was described as the ideal of what it means to be a public servant, promoting regional cooperation that results in a better government to serve our citizens. Whether in his role as councilmember, Workforce Board Chair, Vice Chair of TEX-21, or his role in protecting the quality, quantity and availability of water, he has contributed to the consensus building necessary to build collaboration among stakeholders and regional partners to bring about quality projects that enhance and serve our entire region.


The Town of Addison and the cities of Carrollton, Coppell and Farmers Branch received this year's Regional Cooperation Award. These four jurisdictions found ways to share and combine public safety services to eliminate duplication, reduce costs and improve services for citizens. They created the North Texas Emergency Communications Center Local Government Corporation and consolidated their public safety dispatch centers. Concurrent with the dispatch project, the cities worked together to create a new shared 800 MHZ public safety radio system. This joint cooperative venture eliminated duplicative services, will result in $12 million in savings, and allows dispatchers to send the closest police, fire or medical unit to the scene of an emergency without regard to city affiliation, thereby decreasing response time.


2016 General Assembly Report [PDF]



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