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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Hastings Mayor Frank Campbell Elected President of Michigan Association of Mayors

Auburn Mayor Lee Kilbourn Selected as Vice President

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — Hastings Mayor Frank Campbell was recently elected to serve a one-year term as president of the Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM). Campbell’s term officially started this month. In addition, Auburn Mayor Lee Kilbourn was selected as vice president of the association.

Campbell and Kilbourn succeed MAM President Paul Grondin, of St. Ignace, and Ron Gillham, of Huntington Woods. Both Grondin and Gillham recently retired as mayors of their respective communities.

“Paul and Ron were tremendous leaders for our organization and their respective communities,” Campbell said. “It is a great honor to be selected by my peers to succeed them and, along with Mayor Kilbourn, to lead the Michigan Association of Mayors for the next year.”

Campbell began his service to the citizens of Hastings in 1980, serving a two-year term on the city council. He then served two years on the City Planning Commission before returning to the city council, serving twelve years. In 1994, he served as mayor pro tem and was elected as mayor in 1996. He served in that capacity through 2003. In 2008, Campbell was elected to another term on city council, where he served until he was elected mayor again in 2012. He continues in that capacity today.

Campbell also serves on the Downtown Development Authority, LDFA/BRA, and Planning Commission. In addition, he is a member of numerous other groups and organizations, including the American Legion, Hastings Kiwanis, Hastings Elks Club, Hastings Masonic Lodge #52 and the area Shriners.

“In this role as MAM President, I will continue to work on behalf of Michigan communities and my fellow mayors to address the many issues facing our cities and villages,” Campbell said. “This will include working with Michigan Municipal League staff to help our state legislators in Lansing understand the obstacles that impede the progress, growth and prosperity of our communities.”

Kilbourn has been mayor of Auburn since 2011. He previously served as mayor when elected in 1981. Kilbourn has served on several community organizations and the Auburn-Williams Fire District for 25 years. He is currently a member of the Auburn-Williams Lions Club, the Auburn Downtown Development Authority, and the Auburn-Williams Intergovernmental Committee.

Kilbourn graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor's degree in business. He and his wife, Kathy, are second generation owners of their family's 58-year-old furniture business and proud grandparents of two grandchildren.

“The Michigan Association of Mayors is an outstanding organization and I am pleased to be working with MAM President Frank Campbell to advocate on its behalf,” Kilbourn said.

Also during its recent annual meeting, MAM selected Baraga Village President Wendell Dompier to serve on its board of directors. Other members of the board of directors are Jim Hicks, mayor of Bad Axe; Deb Doyle, mayor of Durand; Jason Smith, mayor of Jackson; James Rynberg, mayor of Fremont; and Jacqueline Noonan, mayor of Utica.

About the Michigan Association of Mayors: The Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM) is the official nonpartisan organization of Michigan's chief elected officials. Representing more than 100 Michigan communities, MAM works to assist the chief elected officials of cities, townships and villages; advance the various interests and operations of communities represented by its members and all Michigan communities; promote cooperation among communities statewide; and advocate local interests at the state and federal level.





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