Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept 18. 2013
Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan Named President of Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees
Wakefield Mayor Dick Bolen Selected as League Vice President
DETROIT, Michigan – Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan was selected as the 2013-14 President of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees.
Noonan, who spent the past year as the board’s vice president, was selected as president by the 19-member board Sept. 17, 2013, during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Convention taking place in Detroit. In addition, Wakefield Mayor Dick Bolen was selected as board vice president. As vice president, Bolen is in line to become the League president next year.
Noonan has served on the League board since 2010 and her Utica City Council experience dates back to 1981 when she was elected to a four-year term to city council. She became Utica’s first woman mayor in 1987 and has been mayor ever since. Assuming she is re-elected to a 14th term (she’s running unopposed for mayor this fall), she’ll become Utica’s longest serving mayor on Jan. 1, 2014.
“I’m truly honored to be selected as the League’s President for the next year,” Noonan said, adding she’ll focus on two main priorities during her one-year term as president. “Rapid transit in southeastern Michigan is No. 1, and No. 2 is changing the fiscal model in Michigan for local governments. Those are going to be the two most important items I will have on my personal agenda as president."
Noonan has been involved with the League for several years, including serving on numerous League boards and committees. She has been a SEMCOG Executive Committee member and long-term chair and member of the Macomb County Mayors Association. She also is the immediate past-president of the Michigan Mayors Association.
In addition to selecting its officers, the League board also welcomed four newly elected and two re-elected members during its annual meeting September 18. New board members are Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids Commissioner; Robert Bruner, Birmingham City Manager; Edward Klobucher, Hazel Park City Manager; and Jack B. O’Reilly, Jr., Dearborn Mayor. Also re-elected to the 19-person board were Debra Greene, Rogers City Mayor Pro Tem, and Daniel Greer, Jackson Councilmember.
The six newly elected trustees join Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and the other volunteers who remain on the 2013-14 Board: Lois Allen-Richardson, Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem; Steve Baker, Berkley City Councilmember; Susan Baldwin, Battle Creek Mayor; Ricci Bandkau, Brighton City Councilmember; Dick Bolen, Wakefield Mayor; Steve Brock, Farmington Hills City Manager; Scott Erickson, Ironwood City Manager; Kathie Grinzinger, Mt. Pleasant City Manager; Rebecca Hopp, Ferrysburg Councilmember; Pauline Repp, Port Huron Mayor; Nathan Triplett, East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem; and Adam Umbrasas, Three Oaks Village Manager.
The board also thanked Linden Mayor David Lossing, Saginaw City Councilmember Amos O’Neal, and Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley for their years of service on the board.
For photos of Noonan, Bolen and the other League board members go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners and Appointments” set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157635396981216/. Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Photo Courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League/mml.org.
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