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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


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


Walled Lake and Sterling Heights Officials Receive Scholarships

ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Officials from Walled Lake and Sterling Heights have been awarded the Tim Doyle Scholarship that will cover the costs to participate in an upcoming Michigan Municipal League training for elected local officials.

They were selected by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation to attend an Elected Officials Academy Core Weekender training in February in Frankenmuth where they can learn about financial management, leadership skills, legal issues, planning and zoning, and other municipal-related topics. The recipients are:

  • Michael Radtke, Jr., Sterling Heights councilman

  • Gabriel Costanzo, Walled Lake councilman

”Education helps elected officials make the tough decisions that are facing all Michigan communities these days,” Radtke said. ”From budgeting to contract negotiations to pensions, a working knowledge of how cities function, and the elected official’s role in these processes is necessary to effective government.”

Costanzo agreed, adding attending training makes him a better public servant.

“Elected officials work for the residents of the community and should be as effective as possible for whom they work for,” Costanzo said. “Ongoing education … will help to deliver the results expected by those who hired/elected us.”

The Tim Doyle Scholarship Fund helps provide access to the most critical information for newly elected officials through the Elected Officials Academy (EOA) Core Weekender seminar. The scholarship was created in honor of Tim Doyle, who passed away in early 2008. Doyle was a councilmember in Durand, an EOA board member, and an ardent supporter of elected officials training. His wife, Deb Doyle, is a past president of the Michigan Municipal League, former EOA board member, and current mayor of the city of Durand. The EOA board resolved that Tim Doyle be honored through this educational scholarship program.

Help the League’s Foundation keep this valuable training resource for newly elected officials. For every $1,000 donated, you can help six local elected officials get the tools they need to identify, develop and implement strategies that will grow and strengthen Michigan’s communities. You can make a contribution conveniently and securely.

For additional information, contact Matt Bach, Michigan Municipal League communications director, at and (734) 669-6317 (office) or (810) 874-1073 (cell).

About the League: 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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