County board leader gets national distinction

Mary Ann Borgeson was selected from about 100 nationwide for a female leaders class.

Douglas County Board Chairwoman Mary Ann Borgeson has been chosen for the Governing Institute’s 25-member Women in Government Leadership Program Class of 2016.

The institute, based in Washington, D.C., is an in-house think tank of Governing magazine, a national publication about state and local government and education.

The organization selected Borgeson and other elected officials from state and local governments across the nation. They include Republicans and Democrats.

They were chosen from more than 100 nominees based on “career and educational accomplishments, recommendations from the nominators, a commitment to actively participate, and a goal of seating a diverse class in a number of categories,” according to a press release from the institute.

The officials participate in several Governing Institute events through the year.

They are profiled in the February issue of Governing magazine. It notes Borgeson’s 20 years of work on health issues in county government, and that she leads the National Association of Counties’ Health Steering Committee.

A Republican representing western and southern Douglas County’s District 6, Borgeson has served on the County Board since 1995.

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