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Contact: Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or

Nov. 25, 2009

More Than 130 Newly Elected Officials Attend Info Sessions

Michigan Municipal League takes training into five Michigan regions

ANN ARBOR, Michigan - Newly elected officials from 64 Michigan communities attended a recent series of sessions about how to be effective leaders.

The Michigan Municipal League conducted five “Newly Elected Officials Training” events throughout the state, including stops in Brighton, Kalamazoo, Lapeer, Lake Odessa and Saginaw. The sessions were attended by more than 130 officials selected by voters in the November elections (see below for a complete list of communities represented at the sessions).

“This was the first time we took this Newly Elected Officials training into various communities throughout the state. In the past we would do one session on a weekend, but this time we brought the training to them and it was very successful,” said Kelly Warren, Director of Events and Members Services for the League.

The topics covered in the 3 ½-hour sessions included the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act, and the roles and responsibilities of elected officials. These sessions also offered an excellent opportunity for the League to present some of its initiatives in helping Michigan create communities for the 21st century.  Each session concluded with a panel discussion featuring seasoned elected officials talking about how to work effectively with the media and some of the challenges they have faced in their roles. 

But the training doesn’t stop there for new officials and previously elected officials. The Michigan Municipal League is having an “Elected Officials Academy (EOA) Core Weekender” training Feb. 26-27 in Frankenmuth. This event will teach roles and responsibilities, the fundamentals of financial management, the essentials of organization and basics of planning and zoning. Also, on the same weekend in Frankenmuth, the MML will host the “Elected Officials Academy (EOA) Advanced Weekender” event. Topics covered include regional cooperation, financial modeling, and a toolbox for growth.

For more information on the EOA Weekenders and other upcoming events go to the MML’s Web site, or click here to view the League calendar.

The Newly Elected Officials sessions were generously underwritten by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

Here’s a break down of the Newly Elected Officials sessions and the communities represented:
Lapeer event, held Nov. 9. Elected officials from these communities attended: Clifford, Corunna, Dryden, Durand, Lapeer and Yale. Seasoned elected officials speaking on a panel at this event were Susan Rowe (councilmember of Wayne; MML board of trustee); and Debbie Marquardt (commissioner of Lapeer)

Brighton event, held Nov. 12. Elected officials from these communities attended: Adrian, Belleville, Byron, Caseville, Fenton, Franklin, Grosse Pointe Shores, Hamtramck, Leslie, Milford, Owosso, Romulus, Taylor, Vernon, Walled Lake, Wayne, West Branch, Westland and Wixom. Seasoned elected officials speaking on a panel at this event were Ricci Bandkau (mayor of Brighton); Lori Dawn Rich (councilmember of Wixom); Gerladine Moen (mayor of Howell)

Kalamazoo session, held Nov. 17: Elected officials from these communities attended: Bangor, Burr Oak, Charlotte, Constantine, Edwardsburg, Ferrysburg, Kalamazoo, Marshall, Middleville, Morenci, Otsego, Schoolcraft, Southfield, Three Oaks, Watervliet and Williamston. Seasoned elected officials speaking on a panel at this event were Dan Greer (councilmember of Wayne); Deb Shaughnessey (former mayor of Charlotte); Bobby Hopewell (mayor of Kalamazoo); Bob May (mayor of Hastings)

Lake Odessa session, Nov. 18: Elected officials from these communities attended: Charlotte, Clarksville, Freeport, Grand Haven, Grandville, Lake Odessa, Norton Shores, Odessa Township, Pentwater, Portland and Vermontville. Seasoned elected officials speaking on a panel at this event were Karen Banks (president of Lake Odessa); Pat Capek (councilmember of Cedar Springs;  MML board of trustees); Barb Holt (mayor pro-tem of Walker).

Saginaw event, held Nov. 19. Elected officials from these communities attended: Bay City, Davison, Lennon, Merrill, Midland, Omer, Port Huron, Saginaw, Tawas City, Vassar and Zilwaukee. Seasoned elected officials speaking on a panel at this event were Amos O'Neal (councilmember of Saginaw); Greg Branch (mayor of Saginaw); Andrew Wendt (councilmember of Saginaw); John Davidson (commissioner of Bay City; MML Board of Trustees).






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