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Michigan Municipal League

Press Release


Contact:

Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
mbach@mml.org; www.mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 7, 2019

Port Huron Mayor Pauline Repp Elected President of Michigan Association of Mayors

Ferrysburg Mayor Rebecca Hopp Selected as Vice President

 

DETROIT, Michigan — Port Huron Mayor Pauline Repp was recently elected to serve a one-year term as president of the Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM). Repp was selected Thursday, Sept. 26, at the organization’s annual board meeting, which took place during the Michigan Municipal League Convention in Detroit.

In addition, Ferrysburg Mayor Rebecca Hopp was selected as vice president of the association. Repp served previously as MAM vice president and now succeeds MAM President Jim Rynberg, mayor of Fremont.

The Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM) is the official nonpartisan organization of Michigan's chief elected officials. Representing 136 Michigan communities, MAM works to assist the chief elected officials of cities, townships and villages; advance the various interests and operations of communities represented by its members and all Michigan communities; promote cooperation among communities statewide; and advocate local interests at the state and federal level.

Repp was born in Kent County, England and grew up in both Canada and the United States, obtaining her U.S. citizenship in 1988. In 1983, she began work at the City of Port Huron as executive secretary to City Manager Gerry Bouchard. Repp was promoted to the position of city clerk in 1989 and served in that capacity for nearly 20 years, retiring with the designation of Master Municipal Clerk. In 2009, she ran for a position on City Council. As the top vote-getter, she was appointed mayor. Subsequently, the position of mayor became an elected position, and she has since been elected four times. Repp completed Level 1 of the Elected Officials Academy (EOA), has served on the League Board of Trustees (BOT), and was a member of the BOT Convention Ad-Hoc Committee.

“It’s an honor to be elected by my peers as president of MAM,” said Repp. “It is very important that, as mayors and village presidents, we share ideas and unite for the betterment of our state and its communities.”

Hopp is serving her first term as mayor for the City of Ferrysburg. As mayor, she continues to be actively involved with several local, regional and state boards, demonstrating her comprehensive knowledge and leadership skills in numerous capacities. Hopp is an EOA Level 4 graduate, EOA past president, former member of the MML Board of Trustees, and past president of Michigan Women in Municipal Government. Hopp’s dedication to her community includes creator/co-chairperson of the Smith’s Bayou Chili Cook-off, which has raised significate funding for multiple West Michigan non-profit agencies. Hopp is dedicated to the City of Ferrysburg and continues creating new initiatives and opportunities for residents, visitors and business owners.

“I feel privileged and honored to have the opportunity to serve as Vice President of this great organization,” said Hopp. “I look forward to working with MAM President Repp to have a positive impact on the communities we serve all over Michigan."

Also, during its recent annual meeting, MAM reelected Auburn Mayor Lee Kilbourn, Baraga Village President Wendell Dompier and Fremont Mayor Jim Rynberg to three-year terms on the MAM board.

Other board members are East Jordan Mayor Russell Peck, Hastings Mayor David Tossava, Zeeland Mayor Kevin Klynstra and Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley.

Download photos from the annual meeting in this “Awards and Honors” album on the League’s flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/albums/72157710904993143 for free. We just ask that the photo credit be given like this: Michigan Municipal League/mml.org.

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.

For more information, contact Matt Bach, director of communications, at mbach@mml.org or 810-874-1073.

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 mml.org.

 

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