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Press Release

June 3, 2011

CONTACT:   Matt Bach
Dir. of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317 or

Clare Wins Region 4 Community Excellence Award in League Competition

City Wins for Cops & Doughnuts Business; Now In Running for Statewide Honor



From left, Clare City Manager Ken Hibl, Clare City Clerk Diane Schmidt; Clare Police Officer and Cops & Doughnuts co-owner Greg Rynearson; and Clare Finance Director and Treasurer Steve Kingsbury.

View and download additional photos free from this event here.

Saginaw, MICHIGAN -The Cops & Doughnuts bakery owned and operated by nine Clare police officers won the Michigan Municipal League’s Region 4 Community Excellence Award, Wednesday, June 1, 2011, in Saginaw. As the Region 4 winner, the city of Clare now has the chance to win the statewide CEA honor.

Clare Police Officer Greg Rynearson said the Cops & Doughnuts bakery in downtown Clare has received nationwide media coverage and a lot of accolades since the group of police officers took ownership of the former Clare City Bakery nearly two years ago. But winning the peer-selected Community Excellence Award Wednesday in a spirited competition also involving projects in Ithaca and Saginaw was particularly special.

Rynearson said, “When we purchased the bakery because it was going to close, we did it for the city. So this Community Excellence Award has special meaning to us because it actually comes from an organization that the city belongs to.”

The League’s Region 4 covers the central part of the state and includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Clare, Clinton, Baldwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland, Saginaw and Shiawassee. Clare will now go on to compete for the statewide CEA honor against the winners of the other six regions during the League’s Annual Convention Oct. 4-7, 2011 in Grand Rapids. Other regional winners were Ludington, West Branch, Southfield, Marquette, Paw Paw, and Vassar.

League Board President and Alpena Mayor Carol Shafto attended all seven regional meetings and heard all the CEA presentations and she’s extremely excited about the finals competition in October.

“At all the regional meetings, there have been fantastic projects presented,” Shafto said. “In fact, there wasn’t one project I didn’t think could win. It’s going to be a tremendous competition this fall in Grand Rapids.”

The CEA program, affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships.

Go here to learn more about the Cops & Doughnuts business and history, including how the Clare police officers pooled their own money to purchase the bakery and make it a tourist attraction for the city. Each community in the running for the CEA gives a five-minute presentation. Presenting for Clare was Rynearson and Clare City Manager Ken Hibl. The Region 4 members attending the meeting voted for their favorite project. Other communities presenting Wednesday were Saginaw City Manager Darnell Earley for Saginaw’s Mershon-Whittier Splash Park; and Ithaca City Manager Chelsey Foster for his community’s “Back to our Roots” curbside flower program.

For more information contact, Matt Bach, communications director for the Michigan Municipal League at (734) 669-6317 or


The Michigan Municipal 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.




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