Fenton’s Pat Lockwood Receives 2022 Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award

Morgan Schwanky
Michigan Municipal League
[email protected], 734-669-6320


ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The City of Fenton’s Mayor Pro Tem and former Michigan Municipal League Board President Patricia Lockwood recently received the Jim Sinclair Exceptional Service Award from the League.

The Sinclair Award celebrates a person dedicated to public service who has shown passion and commitment to the League, enthusiastically supporting its mission and promoting its purpose.

“I would like to congratulate Pat on receiving this award on behalf of everyone at the League,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and executive director of the League. “It has been a pleasure to work with Pat over the years, most recently serving on the League’s Foundation Board together. She has made a great impact on Michigan’s communities, and we are very proud to honor her service.”

Lockwood currently serves as mayor pro tem for the City of Fenton. Previously, she served as mayor of Fenton for 11 years, followed by State Representative for the 51st District. She served on the MML Board of Trustees and as MML President (1994-1995). She was a National League of Cities (NLC) board member, past president of Michigan Women in Municipal Government, and former president of Genesee County Cities/Villages Association.

She is currently serving on the board of the Genesee County Land Bank; as board chair of the Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation Authority; board member of the Fenton Public Schools Education Foundation; board member of the Fenton Beautification Commission; board member of the Fenton Community Foundation; and chair of the Fenton Arts and Cultural Committee.

Lockwood also served as chair of the MML Foundation and is on the Foundation Board. She represents Michigan at the NLC as chair of the audit committee and advisory board. In 1999, she was a recipient of the MML’s highest individual award – MML Honorary Life Membership. From 2004 to 2010 she was appointed by then-Governor Jennifer Granholm to the position of policy director for the Emerald Ash Borer Program, and she served as the commission advisor for the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The Sinclair Award was presented during this year’s Michigan Municipal League Convention taking place in Muskegon.

“What an honor to receive this prestigious award in memory of Jim Sinclair, former League President (2003-2004). Jim was a dedicated, passionate, official who worked tirelessly to promote the importance of education and understanding of our role as elected officials and how to improve our communities,” Lockwood said. “A sincere tribute to the Michigan Municipal League for providing us the tools to continue Jim’s vision of excellence in governance. My deepest thank you to those who have supported my journey as an elected official, and I am so humbled to have had this opportunity to serve.”

For additional information contact the League’s Morgan Schwanky, Content Developer, Marketing and Communications, at (734) 669-6320 and [email protected].

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