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Information Release

June 8, 2011

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

Alpena Mayor and League Board President Carol Shafto Announces Retirement from Politics at End of December

The following press release was issued by Carol Shafto, Mayor of the City of Alpena and League Board President on June 7, 2011:

Alpena, Mich. (June 7, 2011) -After careful consideration, I have decided to end my years in local politics and will not file to be on the November ballot. I am announcing early to encourage others to seek this office. When I sought my term as Mayor I said it was for only four years and I am holding to this commitment.  This decision was not arrived at lightly. I have been encouraged to run again with offers of financial support, campaign management, and a cadre of persons who offered to work on my behalf. Thank you for your belief in my leadership that brought these generous offers.

 I have been associated with the City of Alpena for 24 years which included 8 years on the Planning Commission, 12 years on the City Council and 4 years as Mayor. I am proud of many things in this community that I worked to accomplish during my 16 years as a decision-maker. Among these, first and foremost, is the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary where I served as Chair from 1997 to 2005 – from pre-designation through the opening of the Marine Heritage Center. I will continue to serve on their Sanctuary Advisory Council and as a founding member of the Friends of the Sanctuary. I came to the City as a Parks Planner and am proud of the many park improvements in Alpena during my tenure including Riverside Skate Park, shoreline acquisitions, the new facilities at Starlite/Miche-e-ke-wis Beach, and others. Alpena has undergone many other positive changes too numerous to mention here.

Leaving office at this time will coincide with the end of my one year stint as President of the Michigan Municipal League. My immediate plans upon completion of my term in December will be first to concentrate on my day job and my family, and then to continue to support the community I love by serving as a volunteer with the organizations that I believe in strongly. I also plan to do some consulting, teaching and travel.

I will continue to work full time as the Planning and Evaluation for NEMCSA where I have been employed for 32 years. I love Alpena and will not leave the area when I retire. I want to thank the community for the honor of leading through elected office for these many years. It has been a joy to serve you. Alpena is a beautiful, wonderful place to live, work and play and it will weather the economic storm that surrounds us now and continue to grow and prosper.

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