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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Dick Bolen Named Vice President of Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees

DETROIT, Michigan – Wakefield Mayor Dick Bolen was selected as the 2013-14 Vice President of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees.

Bolen, who has served on the board since 2010, is now in line to become the League president next year. At that time, Bolen would become just the fourth League president from the Upper Peninsula in the League’s 114-year history. Bolen was selected as vice president by the 19-member board during the Michigan Municipal League’s 2013 Convention taking place this week in Detroit.

Bolen has been on Wakefield City Council since 2003 and is in his fourth term as mayor. As a councilmember, he has represented the city on various authorities and commissions. He is also a past member of the Wakefield School District Board of Education where he served as board president for nine years.

Bolen will serve along with newly elected League President Jacqueline Noonan, Mayor of Utica.

“It’s quite an honor and I’m humbled to be elected as vice president and of course ultimately president,” Bolen said. “Having served on the League board for three years now I know it’s a rewarding experience and I look forward to serving as vice president and then as president of this great organization.”

The League represents more than 500 Michigan cities, villages and urban townships and is one of the state’s premiere and longest running associations, forming in 1899.

Bolen is very active in veterans affairs as a member of the Wakefield VFW and American Legion posts. He is also past president of the Wakefield-Bessemer Rotary Club. In December 2010, he retired from Gogebic County where he served as the county forester (1978-2000) and as director of Forestry and Parks (2001-2010).

In related action, Utica Mayor Jacqueline Noonan, who spent the past year as the board’s vice president, was selected as president. Noonan has served on the League board since 2010 and her Utica City Council experience dates back to 1981 when she was elected to a four-year term to city council. She became Utica’s first woman mayor in 1987 and has been mayor ever since. Assuming she is re-elected to a 14th term (she’s running unopposed for mayor this fall), she’ll become Utica’s longest serving mayor on Jan. 1, 2014.

In addition to selecting its officers, the League board also welcomed four newly elected and two re-elected members during its annual meeting September 18. New board members are Rosalynn Bliss, Grand Rapids Commissioner; Robert Bruner, Birmingham City Manager; Edward Klobucher, Hazel Park City Manager; and Jack B. O’Reilly, Jr., Dearborn Mayor. Also re-elected to the 19-person board were Debra Greene, Rogers City Mayor Pro Tem, and Daniel Greer, Jackson Councilmember.

The six newly elected trustees join Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin and the other volunteers who remain on the 2013-14 Board: Lois Allen-Richardson, Ypsilanti Mayor Pro Tem; Steve Baker, Berkley City Councilmember; Susan Baldwin, Battle Creek Mayor; Ricci Bandkau, Brighton City Councilmember; Dick Bolen, Wakefield Mayor; Steve Brock, Farmington Hills City Manager; Scott Erickson, Ironwood City Manager; Kathie Grinzinger, Mt. Pleasant City Manager; Rebecca Hopp, Ferrysburg Councilmember; Pauline Repp, Port Huron Mayor; Nathan Triplett, East Lansing Mayor Pro Tem; and Adam Umbrasas, Three Oaks Village Manager.

The board also thanked Linden Mayor David Lossing, Saginaw City Councilmember Amos O’Neal, and Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley for their years of service on the board.

For photos of Bolen, Noonan and the other League board members go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners and Appointments” set on flickr: Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that the following photo credit be given: Photo Courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League/


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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