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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Grandville Mayor Jim Buck Receives 2013 Guido Leadership Honor

DETROIT, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League has honored long-time Grandville Mayor James R. Buck as the 2013 winner of the Michael A. Guido Leadership and Public Service Award. The award was formally presented to Buck during the League’s Annual Convention Sept. 19 in Detroit.

Mayor Buck has been an elected official in Grandville since 1971. He served on the council until 1984 when he became mayor and is the longest serving mayor in the city’s history. Collaboration and cooperation are hallmarks of Mayor Buck’s successful formula for public service. Mayor Buck is quick to give credit and point out the achievements of others rather than seek recognition for himself, said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin.

“Affectionately known as Mr. Grandville, Mayor Buck is very actively involved in the League, the city of Grandville and the greater West Michigan community,” Gilmartin said. “Jim is always encouraging, and he makes himself available for guidance to anyone throughout the state. This year Mayor Buck will retire after 42 years of service to the city of Grandville, 29 of those years as mayor. He is one of the longest serving mayors in the state of Michigan.”

Last year, Buck received the League’s Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award. He has been active with the League throughout his career. Buck was elected to the League Board of Trustees in 1991 and served as League Vice President from 1993-1994. In 1995, Buck began serving on the MML Foundation Board and currently serves as the chairman, guiding the charitable organization’s mission to raise funds for the League’s educational programs that enhance and develop leadership in local government.

In addition, Buck received the League’s Special Award of Merit in 1990 and became a League Honorary Life Member in 1998. Buck is also active in the Michigan Association of Mayors, and served on its board of directors from 1990-1994.

About the award: Created in memory of Dearborn Mayor Michael A. Guido, this peer-nominated honor celebrates a chief elected official who personifies professionalism and leadership, is dedicated to the citizens of their community, and advocates on their behalf in Lansing and Washington, D.C.


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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