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EPA Administrator Appoints Ferguson, Missouri, City Council Member Ella M. Jones to EPA Local Government Advisory Committee on Small Community Subcommittee

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EPA seal(Lenexa, Kan., Feb. 25, 2020) - Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of Ella M. Jones, Ferguson, Missouri, city council member, to serve as one of five new members of EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) Small Community Advisory Subcommittee. The announcement was part of the appointment of 12 new members to the LGAC. The 31-member LGAC provides advice to EPA on developing stronger partnerships with local governments and building their capacity to deliver environmental services and programs.

“Ensuring the Agency is well informed on how its programs impact local governments is an essential part of our decision-making process,” Wheeler said. “I want to thank our 12 new LGAC members, and five new Small Community Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS) members, for their willingness to serve in this important role. I also want to thank the returning LGAC and SCAS members for their contributions. The committees provide invaluable insight on how to best work with our local partners to build and maintain strong environmental programs, and I look forward to working with them in the coming year.”

The administrator also appointed Commissioner Kitty Barnes of Catawba County, North Carolina, as the LGAC’s new chair.

“I am honored to be appointed chair of the Committee and look forward to working with Administrator Wheeler on issues of importance to us at the local level,” said Commissioner Barnes. “As elected and appointed officials of states, tribes, and local governments, we bring firsthand experience from the communities we represent.”

Kitty Barnes has served 21 years on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners, and 12 years as its chair. She has led the county to the top ranking in North Carolina for curbside, single‐stream recycling and biannual household hazardous waste collections. Commissioner Barnes also serves as vice‐chair of the National Association of Counties’ Environment, Energy, and Land Use Steering Committee and Resilient Counties Task Force.

The 12 other newly appointed LGAC members include:

  • The Honorable Gary Ward Black, commissioner of agriculture, state of Georgia
  • The Honorable Bruce Bracker, supervisor, Santa Cruz County, Arizona
  • The Honorable Melissa Cribbins, commissioner, Coos County, Oregon
  • The Honorable Eric Genrich, mayor, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • The Honorable Evan Paul Hansen, House delegate, state of West Virginia
  • The Honorable Ryan E. MacKenzie, state representative, House 134th District, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • The Honorable Bill McMurray, mayor, St. Joseph, Missouri
  • The Honorable Steve Miller, mayor, Fairfield, Ohio
  • The Honorable Cynthia Pratt, deputy mayor, Lacey, Washington
  • The Honorable Matt Surrency, mayor, Hawthorne, Florida
  • The Honorable Paul TenHaken, mayor, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • The Honorable Eric Thompson, Tehoroniathe (Bright Sky), chief, St. Regis Mohawk Nation, New York

The four other new appointments to the LGAC Small Community Advisory Subcommittee include:

  • The Honorable Vincent DeSantis, Esq., mayor, Gloversville, New York
  • The Honorable Joan Lee, commissioner, Polk County, Minnesota
  • The Honorable Gabriel Lopez, vice-chair, AK-Chin Indian Community, Arizona
  • The Honorable Ann Mallek, commissioner, Albemarle County, Virginia

Chartered in 1993 under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Local Government Advisory Committee provides independent and objective policy advice to the EPA administrator on a broad range of issues affecting local governments, such as regulatory innovation and reform, environmental protection tools, pollution prevention, performance measures, and coordinated environmental management and stewardship. The Small Community Advisory Subcommittee was established by EPA in 1996 to advise the administrator on environmental issues of concern to the residents of smaller communities. New committee members were selected based on their demonstrated leadership experience; proven record of service to their communities; and involvement in effective environmental protection services and programs at the community, state, and national level.

The committees intend to convene in early 2020 to begin their work.

For more information and to see the full list of LGAC and SCAS members, please visit our websites: EPA Local Government Advisory Committee and EPA Small Community Advisory Subcommittee.

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