Matt Bach, Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 5, 2012
Michigan Municipal League Honors Graduates of 2012 Elected Officials Academy
MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan (Oct. 5, 2012)—-The Michigan Municipal League honored 21 graduates of its 2012 Elected Officials Academy during the League’s Annual Convention on October 4 at Mackinac Island.
Now in its 15th year, the Elected Officials Academy is an ongoing program that educates and recognizes elected officials across the state for their dedication to becoming as professional and knowledgeable as possible in the role of public servant. Since its creation in 1997, 152 individuals have graduated from Level One; 110 have graduated from Level Two; 82 have graduated from Level Three; and two have graduated from Level Four, offered for the first time in 2012. Currently, 275 elected officials are actively participating in the program.
Recipients of the 2012 Level One Education Award who have completed 25 Academy credits: Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Allen-Richardson, Auburn Hills Councilmember Maureen Hammond, Ithaca Councilmember Lawrence Hollenbeck, Greenville Councilmember Frances Schuleit, Saline Councilmember Linda TerHaar, Manistee Mayor Pro Tem Catherine Zaring, Vassar City Clerk Christina Bacon, Coopersville Mayor Ken Bush, Mason Councilmember Elaine Ferris, and Plainwell Councilmember Lori Snyder.
Recipients of the 2012 Level Two Leadership Award who have earned 55 Academy credits: Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Allen-Richardson, Durand Councilmember Brian Boggs, Mount Pleasant Vice Mayor Kathleen Ling, Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski, Richmond Councilor Michael Misteravich, and Lake Odessa Village President Karen Banks.
Recipients of the 2012 Level Three Governance Award who have earned 100 Academy credits: Ferrysburg Councilmember Rebecca Hopp, Grandville Councilmember Josh Meringa, and Hastings Mayor Bob May.
The Level Four Ambassador Award was given for the first time this year, which demonstrates the recipient’s practical application of all the education and skills he or she has acquired. The League’s first Ambassador Awards were given to Durand Mayor Deb Doyle and Linden Mayor David Lossing, the incoming president of the League Board of Trustees.
Photos of all the winners can be found in this set on flickr:
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For more information contact Matt Bach, League Director of Communications, at 734-669-6317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the League: 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.