Jackson County Executive Earns
Public Leadership Award

December 4, 2008 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders has been selected as one of just 24 elected officials from across the nation to be a 2008 fellow as part of the Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program.

“I’m looking forward to learning what other elected leaders have to share. I’m excited about the process and the information that I can bring back to Jackson County to help improve the lives of our citizens,” Sanders said. “While I am certainly honored to be included, I see even greater opportunities for Jackson County.”

The Aspen Institute, founded in 1950, is an international nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that fosters enlightened leadership and open-minded nonpartisan dialogue. The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program works to enhance American democracy by bringing together the “nation’s most promising young political leaders,” according to the Aspen Institute release. The class of 2008 fellows will convene for the first time in January 2009 and meet two more times over the course of the two-year fellowship.

The Aspen Institute stated in a news release, “Each of the members of the class was selected on their reputation for intellect, thoughtfulness and a bipartisan approach to governing.”  The fellows include holders of statewide offices, state legislators and city/county officials from 22 different states across the country.

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