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Michigan Association of Mayors

Press Release


Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Auburn Mayor Lee Kilbourn Elected President of Michigan Association of Mayors

Baraga Village President Wendell Dompier Selected as Vice President


From left: Lee Kilbourn and Wendell Dompier

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan — Auburn Mayor Lee Kilbourn was recently elected to serve a one-year term as president of the Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM). Kilbourn was selected Thursday, Sept. 15, at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place during the Michigan Municipal League Convention on Mackinac Island.

In addition, Baraga Village President Wendell Dompier was selected as vice president of the association.

Kilbourn, was previously MAM vice president, succeeds MAM President Frank Campbell, Hastings Mayor. Campbell said he is retiring as mayor.

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.

He 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 59-year-old furniture business and proud grandparents of three grandchildren.

“The Michigan Association of Mayors is an outstanding organization and I am pleased to lead the membership for the next year,” Kilbourn said. “Our goals include expanding our membership base and helping inform the public, business community and our legislatures about the financial struggles of Michigan’s communities.”

Dompier has served as the village president of Baraga, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, since 1998. He has a strong sense of community and has been a member of the Lions Club, Lumberjack Days committee (20-plus years), Baraga Fire Department (15 years retires), and an EMT B with Bay Ambulance. He retired from the Ojibwa Casino Resort after 26 years. He is currently service on the Bay Ambulance Board of Directors and the Baraga DDA. He has served on the MAM board since November of 2015. He also is a member of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees.

“It is an honor to serve as vice president of the Michigan Association of Mayors,” Dompier said. “I’m looking forward to working with MAM President Lee Kilbourn in the upcoming year to help serve our fellow mayors and village presidents.”

Also during its recent annual meeting, MAM selected Fremont Mayor Jim Rynberg and Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley, to serve on its board of directors. Other board members are Dana Beam, mayor of St. Johns; Deb Doyle, mayor of Durand; Jim Hicks, mayor of Bad Axe; Jacqueline Noonan, mayor of Utica; and Phil O’Dwyer, mayor of Berkley.

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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