Glencoe Mayor Randy Wilson has been honored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) with the Jack Murray Award for his excellence in service to Greater Minnesota.
The Jack Murray Award is given to city officials who demonstrate knowledge, leadership, and active participation in CGMC program areas over their public service career. The award is named for Jack Murray, former mayor of International Falls, who was instrumental in the CGMC’s formation.
Wilson, who did not run for re-election this year, served as mayor of Glencoe for 16 years. As a small-business owner and participant in numerous civic and arts organizations, he has long demonstrated his passion for helping his community and other cities in Greater Minnesota. Wilson served on the CGMC’s board of directors for several years and was president of the organization in 2013-2014, during which he frequently travelled to St. Paul to meet with legislators and served as the lead spokesperson for the organization in the media. Throughout his involvement with the CGMC, Wilson has been an outspoken advocate for key Greater Minnesota priorities such as Local Government Aid and economic development initiatives.
“Mayor Wilson is unafraid to stand up for his community,” said Greg Zylka, mayor of Little Falls and president of the CGMC. “Even when legislators weren’t on his side, Mayor Wilson refused to be intimidated and always continued to fight for the needs of his city and others in Greater Minnesota. We are grateful for his years of service to our organization and wish him well in retirement.” CGMC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization representing more than 100 cities outside of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The Coalition educates legislators about issues important to Greater Minnesota.