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Vice Mayor Scott Somers named Vice Chair of National League of Cities Committee
By: Randy Policar
01/9/13 9:57 AM

Vice Mayor and District 6 Councilmember Scott Somers has been appointed as Vice Chair of the National League of Cities’ (NLC) Public Safety and Crime Prevention (PSCP) Steering Committee for 2013. The appointment was announced by NLC President Marie Lopez Rogers, the Mayor of Avondale, Arizona.
Somers will be serving his third term on the PSCP Steering Committee, which has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving crime prevention, municipal fire policy, disaster preparedness and relief, homeland security, and court systems. 
As Vice Chair of the committee, Somers will play a key role in shaping NLC’s policy positions, while advocating on behalf of America’s cities and towns on Capitol Hill, with the Obama Administration, and at home. He has been working with NLC staff and the PSCP Steering Committee to draft standing policy on pre-hospital emergency medical services.
“It is an honor to hold this leadership position and I believe that my background in public safety will allow me to continue to be an invaluable resource for this committee,” Somers said. “I look forward once again to working together with local elected officials from around the country to help establish policy that continues to make our communities a safe place to live, work, and play."
Somers has a distinguished public safety background. He was recently appointed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to serve a second term on the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC). He also sits on the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council and the Preparedness, Response, and Resilience Task Force at The George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute. Somers has served more than 17 years with the Phoenix Fire Department and is a Hazardous Materials Specialist with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team Arizona Task Force One.
The National League of Cities is the nation’s largest and most prestigious organization devoted to strengthening and promoting cities as centers of opportunity, leadership and governance. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

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