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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Michigan Municipal League Honors Former Portland City Manager Tom Dempsey


Former Portland City Manager Tom Dempsey

LANSING, Mich. —The Michigan Municipal League honored former Portland City Manager Tom Dempsey during the League's annual Capital Conference held March 18-19 in Lansing.

Dempsey received the League's Outstanding Service Award on Wednesday. The honor is given to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the League's legislative efforts in Lansing on behalf of Michigan communities.

Dempsey has been a great advocate for municipalities for many years. Recently, he has done a lot of work with League staff on the TIF/DDA issue brewing in Lansing and is always ready and available to bounce ideas off from and get feedback on different proposals, regardless the issue. He is an active member of the Municipal Services Committee and is always there when the need beckons. He is truly a great asset for Michigan. Earlier this month, Dempsey left the City of Portland to become corporate counsel for Kent County.

Also honored during the awards ceremony were the City of Midland; Chris Miller, Adrian economic development and DDA director; and Tom Youatt, West Branch city manager.

Download photos of the award recipients from the League’s flickr page here:

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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