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Matt Bach, Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
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Michigan Local Government Management Association Honors Charlie Graham with 2012 Patriarche Award

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan (Oct. 4, 2012)—-Long-time city manager Charlie Graham received the 2012 Patriarche Colloquium Award for his continued service to Michigan communities spanning more than three decades.

The highest honor given by the Michigan Local Government Managers Association (MLGMA), the John M. Patriarche Distinguished Service 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.

Graham has spent a lifetime in the municipal management professional starting in Phoenix, Arizona, and then Pueblo, Colorado, before landing in Frankenmuth, Michigan, 32 years ago where he continues to faithfully serve the community.

“Charlie has always exemplified the highest of values and morals of our profession,” said Curtis L. Holt, MLGMA President, during the annual MLGMA Patriarche Colloquium & Lunch held Oct. 4, 2012, during the Michigan Municipal League’s annual Convention on Mackinac Island. “His adherence to the ICMA (International City Managers Association) code of ethics is second nature. While he provides the strong and stable leadership that the city of Frankenmuth needs, he prefers to remain in the background when accolades are given.”

Graham’s long list of accomplishments include coordinating the Thumb Nuts managers group of Michigan’s thumb area managers, serving multiple terms on the Michigan Municipal League’s Insurance Pool Board, and being a member of the International City Managers Association since 1970. During his tenure at Frankenmuth for the past 32 years, city staff turnover has been minimal, budgets have been kept in the black and efficiency is a normal expectation.

“His passion and professionalism have been on display countless times throughout the years, however, none was greater than when he had to defend Frankenmuth’s characteristics as ‘Little Bavaria’ against big box development that wanted to alter the city’s business district,” stated the written nomination of Graham by Russ Taylor, Thomas Township manager; and Phillip Kerns, Frankenmuth assistant city manager.

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The Michigan Local Government Management Association is the professional association for local government managers and their assistants from cities, villages, townships and counties throughout Michigan. The association was founded in 1927. Details: Go to



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