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Ypsilanti, Ironwood Officials Receive Sinclair Award for Exceptional Service

Michigan Municipal League Honors Lois Allen-Richardson and Scott Erickson

LANSING Michigan — The Michigan Municipal League has honored Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem Lois Allen-Richardson and Ironwood City Manager Scott Erickson as co-recipients of the 2016 Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award. The awards were formally presented to Allen-Richardson and Erickson during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 22 in Lansing.

Allen-Richardson has served on the Ypsilanti City Council for 15 years, becoming mayor pro tem in 2011. She has also been heavily involved with the Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials since its inception in 2004, and has served as its president since 2012.

“Mayor Pro Tem Richardson embodies the same characteristics as Jim Sinclair,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “She is a tireless worker and promoter of local government, and a strong believer in education and training for elected officials. She has been very active in furthering the cause of educating elected officials so that communities may benefit from the knowledge and experience that their elected officials have gained.”

Allen-Richardson is a past member of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, has served on the League’s Elected Officials Academy board since 2013, and has completed Academy Levels 1 and 2.

Erickson has been Ironwood’s city manager for more than 10 years and is a strong supporter of open communications between his office, the public and elected officials.

“Erickson embodies the Sinclair Award with his dedication to educating commissions,” Gilmartin said. “He ensures that Ironwood’s commission members have the opportunity to be actively engaged in trainings, workshops, and conventions. To keep the commission abreast of the city’s basic needs and operations, workshops are often held before meetings and vary as the needs of the city change. Erickson also sees the value of learning from other municipalities. On numerous occasions, he has arranged for the commission to visit other communities to see what they are doing and to talk with other city officials who have been down the same road. He also maintains an open-door policy and frequently adds relevant presentations to meeting agendas.”

Erickson has served on the League’s Board of Trustees, and is actively involved in many Ironwood organizations, putting a face to the ‘city’ and gaining a greater understanding of community needs and wants.

About the award: The Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award, first awarded in 2008, is a peer-nomination in honor and memory of Rogers City Councilmember Jim Sinclair, a tireless promoter of local government and fervent believer in education and training for elected officials. It is a tribute to Sinclair's legacy of personal dedication, passion and commitment to the League and its mission.

For photos of Allen-Richardson and Erickson receiving the awards, go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Recipients” album on flickr: 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/

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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