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


Michigan Municipal League Honors Graduates of 2018 Elected Officials Academy

LANSING, Michigan —The Michigan Municipal League honored 25 graduates of its 2018 Elected Officials Academy during the League’s annual Capital Conference in Lansing March 21, 2018.

Now in its 21st year, the Elected Officials Academy is an ongoing four-level program that educates and recognizes elected officials across the state for their dedication to becoming as professional and knowledgeable as possible in the role of public servant. The Elected Officials Academy, a voluntary education and recognition program, was created in 1997 by a board of elected officials working with League staff.

Recipients of the 2018 Level One Education Award who have completed 25 academy credits are the following elected officials: Jennifer Antel, Councilmember, Wayland; Clint Bryant, Councilmember, Saginaw; Constance Cobley, Councilmember, Durand; Eric Hufnagel, Councilmember, Saint Johns; Charlotte Kish, Councilmember, Caro; Valerie Kindle, Councilmember, Harper Woods; Melanie Piana, Councilmember, Ferndale; Yvonne Ridge, Councilmember, Charlotte; Kimberley Sims, Mayor, Muskegon Heights; Doris Taylor Burks, Councilmember, Pontiac; Roberto Valdez, Councilmember, Blissfield; Matt Waligora, Mayor, Alpena; Thomas White, Councilmember, St. Charles; and Herbert Winfrey, Councilmember, Flint.

The recipients of the 2018 Level Two Leadership Award by completing 55 academy credits are Saad Almasmari, Councilmember, Hamtramck; Marlon Brown, Mayor Pro Tem, Mason; Monica Galloway, Councilmember, Flint; Joseph Greene, Mayor, Caro; Sandra Howland, Commissioner, Walker; Andrea Karpinski, Councilmember, Hamtramck; Ian Perrotta, Councilmember, Hamtramck; Melanie Piana, Councilmember, Ferndale; and Roberto Valdez, Councilmember, Blissfield.

The recipient of the 2018 Level Three Governance Award by completing 100 academy credits is Brenda Moore, Councilmember, Saginaw.

The Level Four Ambassador Award, which demonstrates the recipient’s practical application of all the education and skills he or she has acquired, was awarded to Lois Allen-Richardson, Councilmember, Ypsilanti; Jim Holtrop, Commissioner, Hudsonville; and Jeff Jenks, Commissioner, Huntington Woods.

For photos of the Level One, Two and Three EOA graduates who received their awards at the League’s Capital Conference, go to this Michigan Municipal League album on flickr:

For photos of the Level Four EOA graduates who received their awards at the League’s Awards Gala, go to this Michigan Municipal League 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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