ATLANTA—A packed house of elected officials, community leaders, and other well-wishers celebrated Georgia’s “Trifecta” leadership on June 28. The trio of metro Atlanta leaders honored for their work locally and nationally included DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, president of the National Association of Counties (NACo); State Rep. Billy Mitchell, president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators; and Union City Mayor Vince Williams, president of the National League of Cites(NLC).
The reception, hosted by The Collaborative Firm and several sponsors, was held in downtown Atlanta at The Commerce Club. Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and Calvin Smyre, the longest-serving member for Georgia State House of Representatives, gave welcoming remarks. Saxophonist Avery Dixon, who received the first “Golden Buzzer” during the Season 17 premiere of “America’s Got Talent” performed at the reception.
Mayor Williams’ involvement with NLC began after his election to the Union City Council in 2007 and continued when he was elected as mayor in 2013. In addition to his position as NLC president, Williams has served on the NLC Board of Directors, Board Finance Committee, Executive Committee and as a NLC University Leadership Fellow. The NLC is the voice of cities, towns, and villages, representing more than 200 million people. NLC works to strengthen local leadership, influence federal policy, and drive innovative solutions.
Commissioner Johnson was elected to the DeKalb County, GA. Board of Commissioners in November 2002, making him one of the youngest ever to be elected to serve in this capacity. He was re-elected for his fifth term in November 2018. Commissioner Johnson was elected President of the National Association of Counties (NACo) in July 2021. NACo strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees. NACo unites county officials to advocate county priorities in federal policymaking, promote exemplary county policies and practices, nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks, optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and enrich the public’s understanding of county government.