July 18, 2012 By News Report
The National Association of Counties (NACo), announced at its annual conference in Pittsburgh that Matthew D. Chase was named the association’s executive director effective Sept. 17. He will succeed Larry Naake who has been NACo's executive director since 1991.
Chase, 41, will serve as the spokesman for NACo and America’s counties; advocate before federal policymakers with aligned organizations and partners; and promote counties and county issues to the media on behalf of NACo’s more than 2,400 members. He will also direct the operations, initiatives and staff of the association.
NACo President and Athens County Commissioner Lenny Eliason said in a release that Chase's experience at the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) -- where he has been executive director since 2003 -- will help NACo represent the interests of counties in Washington, D.C.
"It is a great honor to be joining the NACo team," said Chase. "The association and its membership of county officials are essential leaders in preparing America for a better future. NACo has an incredibly talented group of leaders, members and staff who are dedicated to improving the quality of life, public services, and economic conditions across the country. I look forward to furthering the association's proud legacy of advancing the goals of our nation's counties."
Chase holds a bachelor's degree from Hartwick College, and a master's degree in political management from The George Washington University.
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