City of Lincoln
Coleen J. Seng
Coleen Seng was elected the City of Lincolnís 50th Mayor on May 6, 2003 and was
sworn in May 19. The Mayor serves a four-year term.
From 1987 to 2003, Coleen served on the Lincoln City Council representing the northeast district. During those 16 years, she helped to improve communication between the City and businesses in her district by forming the Northeast Lincoln Large Employer Group. She maintained contact with citizens in her district through her monthly citizensí meetings.
As a member of the City Council, Coleen represented the City on many boards, commissions and task forces. She was a member of the Mayorís first Multi-Cultural Task Force, Co-Chair of Governor Ben Nelsonís Urban Advisory Team, Chair of Railroad Transportation Safety District, and Chair of the Joint Budget Committee.
As a City Council member, Coleen was recognized in the annual KFOR Radio survey as one of the best City Council members. She also received the Tribute to Women Award from the YWCA; the Citizen of the Year Award from the Northeast Lincoln Kiwanis Club; the Woman of the Year Award from the Axis Business and Professional Womenís Club, Inc.; the Outstanding Citizen Award from the Lincoln Northeast Rotary Club; and the Mayorís Neighborhood Roundtable Founderís Award.
Coleen was born February 8, 1936 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She grew up in Fremont, Nebraska, where her parents owned a welding, machine shop and repair business. Coleen graduated from high school in 1954 and went on to Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln in the fall of that same year. At Wesleyan, she was 1st Student Head Resident and graduated in 1958 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and sociology.
From 1958 to 1960 Coleen worked for the Girl Scouts in Saginaw, Michigan. She continued her work for the Girl Scouts in Lincoln in 1961 and 1962. From 1977 through 1997, Coleen was the Director of Community Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Lincoln. She continues to serve on the Churchís Social Concerns and Outreach Commission
Coleen has lived, worked, and raised a family in Lincoln for more than 40 years. During this time, the focus of her involvement and leadership has been to make sure individuals have a voice in decisions affecting their own lives. She remains active in the University Place Community Organization, which founded the Northeast Family Resource Center. She is Past Chair of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Family Resource Center Board and continues her service to families. She is Past President of the Lincoln Fellowship of Churches and a delegate member from her home church, First United Methodist. Coleen began her involvement with the Girl Scouts as a Brownie in 1942. She is a Past President of the Homestead Girl Scout Council and continues to be involved in Girl Scout fund-raising activities.
Coleen is a member of the YWCA, the Friends of the Womenís Commission, the Friends of the University of Nebraska State Museum, the Newcomen Society, a local P.E.O. chapter, the East Lincoln Rotary Club and Common Cause. She is a past board member of the University Place Art Center and Neighborhoods, Inc. She also has been involved in parent groups at Brownell Elementary, Mickle Junior High/Middle School and Lincoln Northeast High.
Coleen and her late husband Darrel, who died in 1993, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
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