Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept 19. 2013
St. Ignace Mayor Paul Grondin Named President of Michigan Association of Mayors
Huntington Woods Mayor Ronald Gillham Selected as Vice President
DETROIT, Michigan – St. Ignace Mayor Paul Grondin was elected to serve a one-year term as president of the Michigan Association of Mayors (MAM) during the annual meeting of the statewide association Sept. 19 in Detroit. In addition, long-time Huntington Woods Mayor Ronald Gillham will serve as vice president of the association.
Grondin has been St. Ignace Mayor since March of 2006, and is currently serving his third full term as mayor and has been a member of the St. Ignace City Council since February, 2002. He previously served two terms on the St. Ignace Area Schools Board of Education, in the capacity of Trustee, Treasurer, and President. He is a strong supporter of his city's many year-around activities which visitors enjoy participating in when visiting the City of St. Ignace.
Grondin previously was vice president of the Michigan Association of Mayors serving with out-going president Jacqueline Noonan, Mayor of Utica.
“I am honored to serve as president of this statewide association. In the next year, I hope to have our voice heard in Lansing and throughout the state on issues that are most pressing to our communities, particularly our broken municipal funding structure,” Grondin said.
Gillham has been Mayor of Huntington Woods since 1981 and is one of the longest serving mayors in Michigan. In 2011, he received the Michigan Municipal League’s Michael A. Guido Leadership and Public Service Award. Gillham said he’s been involved with MAM for many years and is excited to serve as the organization’s vice president.
“It’s good to be associated in this manner to a great organization. The fact that Paul is from northern Michigan and I’m in southeast Michigan means that both ends of the state are covered and that is wonderful,” Gillham said.
For photos of Grondin and Gillham getting their new positions go to this Michigan Municipal League “Award Winners” set on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michigancommunities/sets/72157635396981216/. 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/mml.org.
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