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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 10. 2013
Michigan Municipal League Honors East Grand Rapids City Manager
ANSING, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League honored East Grand Rapids City Manager Brian Donovan during the League's annual Capital Conference held April 9-10 in Lansing.
Donovan received the League's Outstanding Service Award on Wednesday. The honor is given to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in supporting the League's legislative efforts in Lansing on behalf of Michigan communities.
In his role as East Grand Rapids City Manager, Brian Donovan has been instrumental in working on legislation to give communities additional pension flexibility. In the last session, Donovan worked with the League on a package of legislation designed to maximize resources and allow communities to make more cost-effective pension decisions. Last fall the governor signed a bill that allows communities with an AA bond rating to bond for the cost of switching from defined benefit to defined contribution plans. The League continues to work on legislation allowing communities to switch from DB to DC more easily, as well as remove barriers to more cost-effective pensions. Donovan has come to Lansing to testify on multiple occasions as well as worked regularly with the League reviewing legislative language and talking to legislators. Donovan has been instrumental in working on this legislation, and the League is grateful for his invaluable counsel.