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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


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


Ambassador Awards

Michigan Municipal League Celebrates Officials from Hudsonville, Huntington Woods, and Ypsilanti

LANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League honored three elected officials with its Ambassador Award for exemplary service. The officials from Hudsonville, Huntington Woods, and Ypsilanti received the recognition during the League’s annual Capital Conference Awards Gala March 20 in Lansing.

The Ambassador Award is given to Michigan Municipal League members who successfully complete all four levels of the League’s Elected Official Academy program. Those honored are Hudsonville Commissioner Jim Holtrop, Huntington Woods Commissioner Jeff Jenks, and Ypsilanti Councilmember Lois Allen-Richardson. They are among just a handful of leaders to complete all four levels.

“These three individuals have all been tremendous supporters of the League and active participants in many League programs over the years. Accomplishing the highest level of the League’s EOA program demonstrates their commitment to being the best public servants to their communities and to the state,” said Wayne Mayor Susan Rowe, chair of the League’s Elected Officials Academy board. “This is a tremendous achievement that they all have accomplished.”

The goal of the Ambassador Award is to encourage and recognize the exemplary service of locally elected officials to their community, to the communities of the state of Michigan, and to the Michigan Municipal League. The Ambassador Award demonstrates the practical application of acquired education and skills and requires a portfolio of achievement reviewed by the Elected Officials Academy board.

About the Ambassador Award: The Ambassador Award demonstrates the practical application of acquired education and skills.

For photos of Holtrop, Jenks, and Allen-Richardson receiving the recognition 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 communications at (734) 669-6317 (office) and

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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