Small Cities Council

The Small Cities Council is open to municipal officials from member cities with populations of 50,000 or less. Participants share ideas and creative solutions to challenges affecting small cities. Participation in the Council ensures that the interests of small communities are reflected in NLC's advocacy efforts.

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Current Leadership


Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Rusty Johnson, Chair


Marvin Johnson, Vice Chair


Alfred Mae Drakeford, Vice Chair


Rusty Johnson
Ocoee, Fla.                  

Marvin Johnson
Independence, Minn.  

Alfred Mae Drakeford
Camden, S.C.

Council Objectives:

  • To be recognized as the voice and advocate for small cities
  • To serve as a resource for municipal officials from small cities
  • To recruit more small cities to become NLC members
  • To ensure that Council members are well-informed about the NLC and can be effective spokespersons about the role of small cities in NLC
  • To connect small cities to key NLC advocacy and policy development efforts