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Michigan Municipal Executives

Press Release


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


Michigan Municipal Executives Honor Retired Kent County Executive Daryl Delabbio

Official Receives Prestigious Patriarche Award

HOLLAND, Michigan – Retired Kent County Administrator/Controller Daryl Delabbio received the 2017 John M. Patriarche Distinguished Service Award for his continued service to Michigan communities spanning multiple decades.

The Patriarche Award is the highest honor given by the Michigan Municipal Executives (MME), formerly known as the Michigan Local Government Management Association (MLGMA). The Patriarche Award was created in 1992 and recognizes members who have fostered representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local-elected officials through innovative programs and excellence in character and professionalism.

The award was given to Delabbio Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, during a MME Colloquium education session at the 2017 Michigan Municipal League Convention in Holland.

“In service to his communities, Daryl was a true professional that always improved the places he called home.  In service to our profession, Daryl is highly respected but more importantly known to all.  And as a person, anyone would be honored to be able to call Daryl ‘friend’,” said Keith Van Beek, MME President and Ottawa County Deputy County Administrator. 

Delabbio retired June 30 after serving as Kent County Administrator/Controller since 1998. He previously served three years as Assistant County Administrator. Prior to working at Kent County, he was city manager in Rockford for 11 years and served in two other Michigan cities—Rockwood and Garden City. During his Kent County tenure, Delabbio successfully built partnerships within the community and made it a priority to provide excellent customer service and encourage diversity and inclusion throughout the county.

He was also the first county administrator to be elected president of the MLGMA (now MME) and the first person to serve as president of both the MLGMA and the Michigan Association of County Administrative Officers (MACAO). In addition, he was regional vice president of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Delabbio considers his in-house training programs and the formation of the Cultural Insight Council among his greatest achievements. He is humble when discussing his work in public service.

“What I appreciate is the service element,” Delabbio says of working for the county for more than two decades. “Knowing that you can make a difference for a lot of people. Knowing you are part of something bigger than yourself. Knowing that it is a calling, a vocation, not a job. Knowing that there are selfless, dedicated and committed individuals that earnestly serve our community is rewarding.”

Go here to view a list of prior award recipients.

For photos of Delabbio receiving the award go to the “Award Winners and Honors” album in this Michigan Municipal League collection 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 more information about MME, go here.

Media inquiries can go to Matt Bach, director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League, at and (810) 874-1073.

The purpose of Michigan Municipal Executives is to foster and encourage the personal and professional development of its members in order that they may better server their communities and to promote, encourage, and preserve high ethical standards for municipal administrators.

.Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The 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. Learn more at




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