JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. \u2013 Natalia Macker is the 2019 \u201cCommisisoner of the Year.\u201d The Teton County Commissioner is the first woman recognized for the honor, which goes to a county commissioner who goes above and beyond the call of dury for their county and the state.\r\n\r\nMacker, who chairs the Board of Teton County Commissioners, was recognized at the Wyoming County Commissioner\u2019s Association (WCCA) annual conference last week in Casper, as the \u201c2019 Riding for the Brand\u201d honoree.\r\n\r\nDuring the award presentation, WCCA president Troy Thompson said, \u201cCommissioner Macker is a mentor, inspiring current and future trailblazing, community-minded women and girls to step forward and fulfill their highest ambitions in life.\u201d\r\n\r\nCounty commissioners from around the state annually select an individual to distinguish as commissioner of the year with the \u201cRiding for the Brand\u201d award.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt is truly an honor to be recognized by my peers from around the state. Being part of the WCCA has deepened my understanding of public service,\u201d Macker said. \u201cMy colleagues at the WCCA have been mentors and friends, showing me how vital local government is and how much we can do together to improve communities all across Wyoming. We have so much more in common than we think.\u201d\r\n\r\nLast month, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon appointed Macker to the Wyoming Council for Women\u2019s Issues. She is the first elected official to join the council. Macker said she is looking forward to learning about the challenges facing women in Wyoming and finding ways to address them, including economic diversification and affordable child care.\r\n\r\nMacker also serves on the Land Quality Advisory Board for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality and on the steering committee for the state health needs assessment. She has been a member of the Teton County Board of Commissioners since August 2015, and has served as chairwoman since January 2019.