John P. Thompson, County Judge for Polk County in Texas was elected President of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC).
"I am honored and at the same time humbled to be selected President of NARC. Honored because of the opportunity to follow the many great individuals who have served as Presidents of NARC in our forty year history, and humbled to know that my colleagues from throughout the country have chosen me to serve," said Judge Thompson as he addressed almost four hundred representatives of regional planning and development organizations from across the United States.
"There is great value in your NARC membership," Judge Thompson emphasized. "From my own experience, the value of NARC increases as your level of active involvement and support increases. As President, I am committed to deliver good value for your membership investment," he continued. NARC's member organizations are composed of multiple local governments that work together to improve American communities - large and small, urban and rural.
Working together with the Board of Directors, Executive Directors Committee and newly appointed NARC Executive Director Cameron Moore, Judge Thompson outlined the cornerstones on which the success of the association will rest: consistent and high quality professional service to members, sound financial management, aggressive policy development and advocacy on behalf of members, and effective communications to a diverse audience.
"NARC represents its members in issues such as economic, rural, community and workforce development, transportation, the environment, homeland security and emergency preparedness. All of these issues are important to regional councils and metropolitan planning organizations and they are important to me," Judge Thompson said.
In addition to the County Judge position, Thompson is a Past President of the Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG) and currently serves on the DETCOG Board of Directors. He has also served as President of the Texas Association of Regional Councils.