Councilwoman Carol Chen of Cerritos has been nominated for a national leadership award. 2011 file photo.
Councilwoman Carol Chen of Cerritos has been nominated for a national leadership award. 2011 file photo. (Jeff Gritchen / Staff Photographer)

The National League of Cities recently named Cerritos Councilwoman Carol K. Chen as one of the finalists for the organization's Women in Municipal Government Leadership Award.

The award recognizes female municipal officials for unique and outstanding leadership in local government. About 3,000 municipal elected officials will be attending this year's conference.

Chen was also a finalist for the award in 2011.

"I am very honored to be selected for the recognition from a national organization dedicated to municipal government," Chen said. "To be chosen as a finalist in two consecutive years is truly special. I am thrilled to be one of the five women elected officials represented in the nation."

Chen was nominated for the award by Cerritos Mayor Jim Edwards, who noted in his nomination letter her "extensive" municipal accomplishments and "her efforts to encourage women to become active in civic leadership."

Each year, the award is given for individual achievement in initiating creative and successful programs in municipal government that help citizens, particularly if the leadership serves as a specific mentoring model for future female leaders.

The winner will be announced and honored along with the other finalists at today's session of the National League of Cities Congress of Cities.

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