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Michigan Association of Mayors

Press Release


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


Baraga Village President Wendell Dompier Elected President of Michigan Association of Mayors

Fremont Mayor Jim Rynberg Selected as Vice President

HOLLAND, Michigan — Baraga Village President Wendell Dompier was recently elected to serve a one-year term as president of the Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM). Dompier was selected Thursday, Sept. 14, at the organization’s board meeting, which took place during the Michigan Municipal League Convention in Holland.

In addition, Fremont Mayor Jim Rynberg was selected as vice president of the association.

Dompier served previously as MAM vice president and now succeeds MAM President Lee Kilbourn, Auburn mayor.

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 retired), and an EMT B with Bay Ambulance. He retired from the Ojibwa Casino Resort after 26 years. He is currently serviing on the Bay Ambulance Board of Directors and the Baraga DDA. He has served on the MAM board since November of 2015. He is also a member of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees.

“It is truly an honor to serve as president of the Michigan Association of Mayors,” Dompier said. “We have multiple goals for the upcoming year, including increasing our membership base and helping explain the financial challenges facing our communities to the public, legislators and business community.”

Rynberg has been mayor of Fremont since December 2004, and has served on the city council since 1985. He began his service with the city in 1979 as a member of the Fremont Planning Commission. He is Newaygo County Director for United Way of the Lakeshore; member of the board for the Michigan Association of Mayors; and member of numerous other groups and organizations, including the Foster Grandparent/Senior Companion Advisory Council, Fremont Rotary Board, and West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Council. He has also been honored for his service to the Fremont/Yahaba City Friendship Program.

“I’m very excited and honored to be selected as vice president of this outstanding association,” Rynberg said. “I look forward to working with MAM President Dompier in the next year serving our fellow mayors and village presidents.”

Also during its recent annual meeting, MAM selected Port Huron Mayor Pauline Repp, Hastings Mayor David Tossava, and East Jordan Mayor Russell Peck to serve on its board of directors. Other board members are Durand Mayor Deborah Doyle, Zeeland Mayor Kevin Klynstra, and Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley.

Download photos of the new board members and board officers in this “Awards and Honors” album on the League’s flickr page: for free. We just ask that the photo credit be given like this: Michigan Municipal League/

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; to advance the various interests and operations of communities represented by its members and all Michigan communities; to promote cooperation among communities statewide; and to advocate local interests at the state and federal level.

.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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