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


Paw Paw Village Manager Receives Honorary Life Membership

Michigan Municipal League Celebrates Larry Nielsen

LANSING, Michigan — The Michigan Municipal League awarded long-time municipal manager Larry Nielsen with its highest individual honor—the Honorary Life Membership Award. The award was given during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 21 in Lansing.

Nielsen has been the Paw Paw Village manager since 2007 and was previously the village manager in Bangor and village coordinator in Berrien Springs. He is a past member of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees and he’s been a long-time member of the Michigan Municipal Executives.

“Larry has worked in a variety of roles serving Michigan municipal government since the mid-1980s and is a long-time supporter of the Michigan Municipal League and its programs,” said Lathrup Village Mayor Frank Brock Jr., who presented Nielsen with the honor and serves on a League program board with Nielsen. “Larry’s wealth of experience and knowledge of local government is immense and he’s also a pillar of his local community.”

True to his tireless dedication to his profession, in 2013, Nielsen agreed to help the city of Bangor by serving as its temporary manager while the community searched for a permanent manager. During this time, he simultaneously served both Paw Paw and Bangor. In 2014, he received the League’s Special Award of Merit and the Excellence in Local Government Award from MLGMA, now known as MME. On a personal level, Nielsen is very involved in his local area, particularly in the community theatre scene, and specifically with the Twin City Players. He is a veteran actor, director and playwright. He recently won the excellence in original writing award at the 2017 AACTFest in Bay City for his creation of the original stage play called Make it Home, about real-life stories of men and women who lived through World War II.

Also receiving an Honorary Life Membership during Tuesday’s Awards Gala was former Alpena Mayor Carol Shafto.

About the award: The Honorary Life Membership, first awarded in 1932, is the League’s highest individual honor, reserved for the most active and inspiring leaders dedicated to the League and its mission.

For photos of Nielsen receiving the award, 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: Flickr Photo Michigan Municipal League/

For additional information contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of media relations, at (734) 669-6317 (office) and

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