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Auburn, Calif.- Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery is among 24 women elected officials nationwide recognized this year by a new program created to highlight outstanding contributions by women in government.

Supervisor Montgomery is one of two elected officials from California and one of only three county supervisors from throughout the U.S. recognized by the program.

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The 24 women are serving as the inaugural class of a Women in Government Leadership Program created by the Governing Institute, a three-year-old initiative focused on improving the performance of state and local governments and strengthening public-sector innovation, leadership and citizen engagement.

Director Julia Burrows of the Governing Institute recognized Supervisor Montgomery during Tuesday’s meeting of the Placer County Board of Supervisors.

“You have a woman making history on your Board of Supervisors,” Burrows told the five-member board. “I can tell you, your supervisor is a leader among leaders.”

“I am honored to be included in this group of amazing women who have accomplished so much in their communities and states,” Supervisor Montgomery said Tuesday. “Being part of this bipartisan, nationwide program offers me a great opportunity to build relationships across state borders, meet to discuss issues we all face, and serve as a mentor to future generations of women in public service.”

Supervisor Montgomery was first elected to serve on the board in 2008 and was re-elected to a second four-year term in 2012. She represents the 5th District, which stretches from Auburn to North Lake Tahoe.

The Governing Institute is affiliated with Governing, a monthly magazine that seeks to provide state and local leaders with nonpartisan information, insight and information needed to govern effectively.ย  The magazine is published by e.Republic Inc., a national publishing, event and research company.

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