SALEM, Ore. – The League of Oregon Cities’ prestigious Herman Kehrli Award for 2012 was presented to the City of Portland’s Mary Beth Henry during the League’s 87th Annual Conference, held this weekend at the Salem Conference Center. Henry serves as a broadband plan manager in the city’s Office for Community Technology. The award is given to a city employee who has made exceptional contributions to city government inOregon, producing lasting benefits for their local community.
Henry is recognized among her peers as a significant local government leader and expert in the telecommunications field. For more than 20 years, she has served as a tireless leader and advocate for local governments and public interest in technology issues, including advocating for community broadband, maintaining local control, and ensuring payment of fair rent by private companies using valuable public rights-of-way. Locally, she was a key leader in multiple efforts to bring increased broadband resources to Portland and outlying communities. She is currently providing leadership and management for the city’s Broadband Strategic Plan, a model for cities inOregonand across the U.S.
At the state level, Henry has been recognized for excellence in telecommunications legislation, and in 2010 was appointed by the governor to represent Oregon cities on the Oregon Broadband Advisory Council, where she was elected vice-chair by her colleagues. In 2000, she served on the HB 3345 Task Force, which was charged with considering the compensation local governments receive by telecom providers for the use of the public right-of-way. Nationally, Henry has represented and advocated for local government interests in front of the U.S Congress and the Federal Communications Commission. She has also served as president of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA), and was awarded life membership in 2010.
"The City of Portland's Mary Beth Henry exemplifies what the Herman Kehrli award stands for, said Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, a member of the LOC Board of Directors. “She is a passionate leader in her field who has shown a steadfast commitment to making Portland, and all of Oregon, a great place to live and work."
About the Herman Kehrli Award
From 1933 to 1966, Herman Kehrli served as executive secretary of the League of Oregon Cities and director of the University of Oregon’s former Bureau of Governmental Research and Service. A joint effort between the League and Bureau established standards of excellence for local government officials through an agenda that includes research, consultation and training in city government affairs. The quality of Oregon’s city government today is due in large part to the success of this joint effort.
About the League of Oregon Cities
Founded in 1925, the League of Oregon Cities is a voluntary association representing all 242 ofOregon’s incorporated cities. The League helps city governments serve their citizens by providing legislative services, policy setting, intergovernmental relations, conferences and training, technical assistance and publications.