Saturday, March 28, 2015 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR
Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins was selected as one of the Chicago Defender‘s 2015 Women of Excellence. Perkins was among several dozen other high-achieving individuals to recieve the award, including Broadview businesswoman Princess Dempsey, Illinois state representative Mary Flowers and Chicago alderman Pat Dowell.
Elected in 2013, Perkins is Maywood’s first black female mayor. Before her election, she was a long-serving village trustee. She retired from the postal service after more than 30 years on the job.
Dempsey (pictured below) is the owner of Dempsey Staffing firm, one of the few minority certified staffing agencies in Cook County.
According to the Defender, the recognition “celebrates local African-American women who inspire others through their vision and leadership, exceptional achievements, and participation in community service.”
Perkins and Dempsey are just the latest Maywoodians and Proviso Township residents to have recieved the award. Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, Maywood fire captain Denard L. Wade, Sr., Rep. Chris Welch and Commissioner Richard Boykin are also recent recipients.
Village Trustee Melvin Lightford Receives Gold Leadership Certification
According to the National League of Cities website, “Local Leaders who advance in the Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program will have completed training in the competencies necessary to lead into the twenty-first century.”
“The Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program is built on the core leadership skills for local elected officials. Every year Leadership seminars are offered at the Congress of Cities and the Congressional City Conference, along with an annual Leadership Summit and a variety of regional training programs, which address one or more of the competency areas.” VFP