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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Lapeer City Manager Dale Kerbyson Selected as President for Statewide Managers Group

PORT HURON, Michigan – Lapeer City Manager Dale Kerbyson is the new president of the statewide association representing Michigan’s municipal managers.

Kerbyson was selected as the 2016 president of the Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA) during the organization’s annual Winter Institute in Port Huron Feb. 2-5. He succeeds Michael Young, 2015 president and former Rockford City Manager. MLGMA is the professional association for local government managers from cities, villages, counties, and townships throughout Michigan. It also is an affiliate of the International City Managers Association (IMCA) that represents thousands of municipal managers across the United States and internationally.

“It’s a tremendous honor to be selected by your peers to lead this outstanding association,” Kerbyson said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to advance our initiatives over the next year. I look forward to working with the excellent group of municipal leaders that make up our board of directors.”

Kerbyson has been Lapeer’s city manager since December, 2004 and has more than 20 years’ experience in city management. He was previously city manager in Marlette, Michigan. Prior to being named president of the Michigan Local Government Management Association, he spent the last year serving as the organization’s president-elect and also served on various committees.

In the upcoming year, Kerbyson said he will focus on implementing the new branding effort that the association is undertaking.

“Over the last year, the association has developed a branding initiative that will improve the public’s knowledge of the roles of municipal managers,” Kerbyson explained. “We hope other state organizations across the nation will follow our lead and take on similar initiatives. The Michigan Local Government Management Association has been a nationally recognized leader in the municipal management field, and as our branding initiative moves forward our association will continue to be on the forefront of evolving the image of our profession in Michigan and hopefully the nation.”

In addition to being heavily involved with MLGMA, Kerbyson is active in numerous other roles. His activities include board member of Karegnondi Water Authority, chairman of the Next Michigan Development Corporation/I-69 International Trade Corridor, and member of Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council. He also serves on the Economic Development Commission/Tax Increment Finance Authority/Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Local Development Finance Authority, and Planning Commission of Lapeer. He is a board member of the Lapeer Development Corporation, a privately funded economic development corporation. He was one of Michigan’s first Certified Public Managers and has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Central Michigan University.

He is married to Jody Kerbyson, CEO of GST Michigan Works, and they have a daughter Kamryn, 10; and two sons, Alex and Erik Wilson.

In addition to selecting Kerbyson as president, the organization elected the following to serve new roles and terms on the board: Ottawa County Assistant Administrator Keith Van Beek, president-elect; Northville City Manager Patrick Sullivan, vice president; and trustees, Traverse City City Manager Martin Colburn, Gladwin City Manager Robert Moffit, Petoskey City Manager Robert Straebel and Thomas Township Manager Russell Taylor.


The Michigan Local Government Management Association is the professional association for local government managers and their assistants from cities, villages, townships and counties throughout Michigan. The association was founded in 1927. For details go to





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