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TOL PR 2016-10-12 Hammler VML president-elect Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Leesburg Town Council Member Katie Sheldon Hammler Elected Virginia Municipal League President-Elect, An Historic First Hammler will automatically serve as VML President starting October 2017 Leesburg, VA (October 12, 2016) – At the Virginia Municipal League (VML) annual conference in Virginia Beach earlier this week, Leesburg Town Council Member Katie Sheldon Hammler was elected president-elect of the organization for a one-year term. If re-elected on November 8th by Leesburg voters, she will become president at VML’s next annual conference in October 2017. Gordonsville Mayor Robert Coiner was elected president and Newport News Council Member Patricia Woodbury vice president. The Virginia Municipal League is a statewide, non-profit, non-partisan association of city, town and county governments established in 1905 to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services. The membership includes all 3 8 cities in the Commonwealth, 160 towns and ten counties. Ms. Hammler’s election marks the first time in VML’s 111 year history that a Leesburg representative will serve as the organization’s president. "I congratulate Council Member Katie Hammler on her election as president-elect of the Virginia Municipal League,” said Leesburg Mayor David Butler. “This is a first in Leesburg's history! The election is a testament to Council Member Hammler's hard work and value to VML’s members, and will certainly help Leesburg's visibility and influence across Virginia and with the General Assembly. I hope all Leesburg residents will join me in congratulating Katie on this historic achievement." “I am sincerely humbled that I have been elected by VML’s town, city and county me mbers to serve as president-elect,” Hammler commented. “ I will energetically leverage my VML leadership role to create positive change for Leesburg, and for all municipalities in the Commonwealth, for one of the key things I’ve learned as a twelve year incumbent is how significant the laws at the state level impact local taxpayers in the form of unfunded mandates, or decreasing funds of state-level responsibility. It is only by working collaboratively that we can achieve our collective goals. I am honored and excited for the important opportunity to be part of the leadership team that serves the most important level of government for Virginia’s citizens – the local non-partisan level.” Council Member Hammler has served on the VML Executive Committee since 2011, first as town section chair, then as an at-large member and most recently as vice president. Prior to joining the executive committee, she chaired VML’s Community and Economic Development committee, and was a member of its Legislative Committee. She has been very active on many issues state-wide including transportation funding, economic development, such as the Maker Movement, and advancing healthy communities. Council Member Hammler was first elected to the Leesburg Town Council in 2004 and is currently serving her third four-year term on Council. She served as vice mayor from 2008- 2010. She earned a BA in International Relations from Brown University, which she attended on an ROTC scholarship, and an MBA in Information Systems Management from The George Washington University. She is a certified Virginia Planning Commissioner. A former Captain in the U.S. Army Reserves, she has served as a high-tech marketing professional for over 25 years for firms such as Telos, VeriSign, and Alcatel Data Networks. She and her husband, Rich, also an Army Veteran, have two children and have lived in Leesburg for over 22 years. # # #