Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson was elected to serve as president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) July 26 at the Coalition’s three-day summer conference in Bemidji. As president, Mayor Wilson will help direct efforts to inform state legislators of issues unique to Greater Minnesota, such as property tax relief, economic development and transportation.

Wilson was elected by fellow mayors and city officials from across the state to lead the CGMC, long considered one of the most active, high-profile organizations that represents rural communities at the State Capitol.

“Randy’s been a member of the CGMC Board of Directors for many years and he’s made valuable contributions to our organization,” said Tim Flaherty, executive director of the CGMC. “The CGMC has always been an effective organization because of leaders like Randy, and I think he will be a particularly effective leader as we focus on economic development for Greater Minnesota. I look forward to working with him.”

Wilson , who has served as mayor of Glencoe since 2005, is eager to take on the challenge of leading the CGMC.

“The CGMC has long been a powerful and effective voice for Greater Minnesota at the Capitol,” Wilson said. “I am honored to make the commitment to serve as president for 2014.”

Wilson replaces Cloquet Mayor Bruce Ahlgren, who served as CGMC president for the year 2012-2013.