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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Michigan Municipal League Honors Graduates of 2013 Elected Officials Academy

DETROIT, Michigan – The Michigan Municipal League honored 10 graduates of its 2013 Elected Officials Academy during the League’s Annual Convention on September 19 in Detroit.

Now in its 16th year, the Elected Officials Academy is an ongoing program that educates and recognizes elected officials across the state for their dedication to becoming as professional and knowledgeable as possible in the role of public servant. The Elected Officials Academy, a voluntary education and recognition program, was created in 1997 by a board of elected officials working with League staff. Since then, 162 individuals have graduated from Level One; 116 have graduated from Level Two; and 84 have graduated from Level Three. Last year, we adopted Level Four of the Elected Officials Academy and awarded 2 individuals. Currently, 240 elected officials are actively participating in the program.

Recipients of the 2013 Level One Education Award who have completed 25 Academy credits: Hastings Councilmember Don Bowers, Springfield Mayor Pro Tem Harry Burdett, Linden Councilor Ray Culbert, Otsego Mayor Thomas Gilmer, Ypsilanti Councilmember Ricky Jefferson, and Durand Councilmember Kenneth McDonough. Recipients of the 2013 Level Two Leadership Award who have earned 55 Academy credits: Berkley Councilmember Steve Baker, Hastings Councilmember Don Bowers, and Troy Councilmember Maureen McGinnis.

The recipient of the 2013 Level Three Leadership Award who has earned 55 Academy credits: Hastings Councilmember Don Bowers.

The Level Four Ambassador Award, which demonstrates the recipient’s practical application of all the education and skills he or she has acquired, was given to Walker Mayor Barbara Holt.

For photos of the EOA recipients go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners” set on flickr: Photos can be downloaded from the League’s flickr page for free. We just ask that photo credit be given like this: 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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