St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman takes over Saturday as president of the National League of Cities, according to the Star Tribune. The nation's largest municipal-advocacy group is wrapping up its annual convention in Seattle.
"It's really an incredible honor and I'm really looking forward to it," Coleman said.
Coleman said the new role will raise St. Paul's profile nationally and will not interfere with his day job.
“I’m never far from the city even when I’m away. That’s the beauty of technology,” he said. “My first duty is to make sure the city is doing all the things it needs to do. This won’t distract from that, it will enhance it.”
He said his priorities including closing the academic achievement gap and helping municipalities address climate change.
The National League of Cities promotes a municipal agenda, and helps implement policy in 19,000 cities, towns and villages.
Coleman is the fourth Twin Cities mayor to hold the office. He joins St. Paul's George Latimer (1984), Minneapolis' Don Fraser (1993) and Karen Anderson of Minnetonka (2002.)