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Press Release

Matt Bach, Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317;


Durand Mayor Deb Doyle Receives Honorary Life Membership and Ambassador Award

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan (Oct. 5, 2012)—- The Michigan Municipal League honored Durand Mayor Deb Doyle with an Honorary Life Membership and the Ambassador Award during the League’s Annual Convention on October 4 at Mackinac Island.doyle

Doyle is a past president of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees. She has been an active member on many League committees and is a current board member of the Michigan Association of Mayors. The Honorary Life Membership was first awarded in 1932. It is the League’s highest honor, reserved for the most active and inspiring leaders dedicated to the League and its mission.

The Ambassador Award was given for the first time this year, to recognize those achieving the newly created fourth level of the Michigan Municipal League’s Elected Officials Academy (EOA), an ongoing program that recognizes educational and leadership accomplishments among elected officials. This highest EOA level demonstrates the recipient’s practical application of all the education and skill he or she has acquired throughout the training program. Doyle was recognized as the first EOA Level Four graduate.

While serving on the EOA board together as fellow Durand councilmembers, Doyle and her late husband Tim had two goals: to establish a scholarship for elected officials to attend training, and to establish a fourth level in the Academy.

In 2009 she established the Tim Doyle Scholarship Fund. A talented artist, Doyle has also donated her artwork on many occasions for the annual silent auction of the Michigan Municipal League Foundation, a charitable organization that raises funds for League programs that enhance and develop leadership in local government. With the scholarship, 23 elected officials have thus far been able to attend the Elected Officials Academy Core Weekender training at no cost.

“These awards are a testament to Mayor Doyle’s commitment and hard work throughout her years of public service,” said League Executive Director and CEO Dan Gilmartin. “We are pleased to honor her ongoing contributions and the example of dedication she has set for her fellow elected officials.”

Photos of all the winners can be found in this set on flickr:


For more information contact Matt Bach, League Director of Communications, at 734-669-6317 or

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.



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