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Press Release

For Immediate Release:
October 9, 2009

Andrea Messinger
Michigan Municipal League

Municipal City Managers Group Honors Former Grand Rapids Official

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – For a career distinguished by innovation, accomplishment and the highest level of professionalism, former Grand Rapids City Manager Kurt Kimball was chosen as the 2009 John M. Patriarche Distinguished Service Award recipient by the Michigan Local Government Managers Association (MLGMA).

The highest MLGMA honor, the Award was created in 1992 and recognizes past members who have fostered representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials through innovative programs and excellence in character and professionalism.

In making the announcement, MLGMA President and East Lansing City Manager Ted Staton said, "Kurt is known as a visionary and systematic thinker who was able to initiate and cultivate key partnerships. As a consensus-builder, he helped ideas to become reality, and projects to become community assets that will surely benefit future generations."

Kimball retired as Grand Rapids' longest-standing city manager in 2008, known for his visionary leadership and commitment to the management profession.

A former Michigan Municipal League trustee and MLGMA president, Kimball advocated legislation for professional managers and Michigan communities statewide. He is a graduate of Leadership Michigan and studied executive leadership at Harvard University.

Kimball was recently honored before his peers at the MLGMA Patriarche Presentation, part of the 2009 Michigan Municipal League Annual Convention in Kalamazoo.

Click here for event photos.

The Michigan Local Government Management Association is the professional association for local government managers from municipalities, counties, and townships throughout the state of Michigan.






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