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Press Release

For Immediate Release

Jan. 21, 2010

Contact: Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
(734) 669-6317 or mbach@mml.org

MML Trains Newly Elected Officials from 15 Communities in Southeast Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich.– Newly elected officials from 15 Michigan communities received leadership training at a recent workshop hosted by the Michigan Municipal League in Huntington Woods. Seventeen local leaders attended the “Newly Elected Officials Training” (see below for a complete list).

“I invited the League to Huntington Woods knowing officials from throughout the region would appreciate the education so quickly after the election without the travel expense,” said MML President and Huntington Woods Mayor Pro-Tem Jeff Jenks.

The program is part of the MML’s newly elected official’s training series. Since the November elections, the MML has trained more than 142 officials from 79 communities.

 “Municipal budgets are tight and many local leaders pay out-of-pocket for our training,” said Kelly Warren, MML director of events. “We decided to take the program on the road to reach out to new official’s right after the election and because we didn’t want the travel time and expense to stop them from receiving the education they need.”

To further ease the financial burden of continued education, the League is granting 15 free registrations to its upcoming EOA weekend seminars through the Tim Doyle Scholarship Fund.

The topics covered in the 3 ½-hour session 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 does not stop there for new officials and previously elected officials. The League is having an “Elected Officials Academy (EOA) Core Weekender” training February26-27 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.

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

Here is a breakdown of the Newly Elected Officials sessions and the communities represented:

Auburn Hills - Anne Doyle, councilmember
Berkley - Steve Baker, councilmember; Lisa Platt Auensen, councilmember
Birmingham - Mark Nickita, commissioner
Gibraltar - Hon. Jim Gorris, mayor
Grosse Pointe Park - Laurie Arora, councilmember
Grosse Pointe Woods - Gabriela Boddy, councilmember
Inkster - Henry L. Crump, deputy chief
Lincoln Park - Joseph Kaiser, Jr., council president; Suzanne B. Moreno, councilmember
Madison Heights - Kyle Geralds, councilmember
New Baltimore - Hon. Larry Smith, mayor
Southfield: Janna Garrison, councilmember
Southgate: Brandon Fournier, city administrator; Hon. Joseph Kuspa, mayor
Utica - Mr. William Osladil, councilmember
Woodhaven - Dan Duderstadt, councilmember

The Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. For more information, visit mml.org.

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