DEARBORN, Michigan - There were many awards, honors and accolades given during the 2010 Michigan Municipal League Convention in Dearborn, Sept. 21-24, and the top honors went to Grand Blanc Mayor Michael Matheny and the City of Grand Haven.
The City of Grand Haven won the League’s most prestigious community award taking home the coveted Community Excellence Award Cup. Grand Blanc Mayor and former League President Michael Matheny received the Honorary Life Membership Award; Hastings Mayor Robert L. May received the Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award; and Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Anthony “Tony” Bosbous was awarded the Michael A. Guido Leadership and Public Service Award.
Legislator of the Year Awards went to Rep. Ed Clemente, D-Lincoln Park; Rep. Doug Geiss, D-Taylor; and Rep. Joe Haveman, R-Holland.
Special Awards of Merit were given to Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr., Detroit councilmember; Gary Heidel, interim executive director for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA); and Clara Shepherd; Muskegon city commissioner.
The League also recognized graduates of our Elected Officials Academy. Level 1 graduates were Joseph Greene, Caro councilmember; Kathleen Ling, Mt. Pleasant commissioner; Rusty Showalter, West Branch councilmember; Eileen Steadman, Berkley councilmember; Nathan Triplett, East Lansing councilmember; and Joel VanSlambrouck, Portland councilmember. Level 2 graduates were Joshua Meringa, Grandville councilmember; and Nathan Triplett, East Lansing councilmember. Level 3 graduates were Susan Baldwin, Battle Creek mayor; William Lasher, Ovid Village president; David Lossing, Linden mayor; and Gary McDowell, Adrian mayor. In addition, the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys (MAMA) awarded three people the Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award. The recipients were Thomas R.
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Matt Bach is director of communications for the Michigan Municial League. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-669-6317.
In the photo below: Grand Blanc Mayor Michael Matheny (left) accepts the 2010 Honorary Life Time Membershp Award from MML President Jeff Jenks.