John B. “Jack” O’Reilly Receives 2022 Honorary Life Membership Award

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


ANN ARBOR, Michigan – Former Michigan Municipal League Board President John B. “Jack” O’Reilly recently received an Honorary Life Membership Award from the Michigan Municipal League.

The Honorary Life Membership, first awarded in 1932, is the League’s highest honor, reserved for the most active and inspiring leaders dedicated to the League and its mission.

“On behalf of everyone at the League, I would like to congratulate Jack on receiving our Honorary Life Membership Award,” said Dan Gilmartin, CEO and Executive Director of the League. “He has made a lasting impact on Michigan’s communities, in particular the City of Dearborn. We are proud to celebrate his accomplishments and commemorate his legacy with this esteemed award.”

John B. “Jack” O’Reilly, Jr. served as mayor for Dearborn from 2007 to 2021 and has been a public servant for more than 30 years, including serving 17 years as the president of the Dearborn City Council. O’Reilly has consistently demonstrated his commitment to Dearborn neighbourhoods and proposed a number of initiatives to re-invent its older neighbourhoods and modernize the city to make it a larger magnet for culture.

He has promoted economic development through beneficial relationships with county, regional, and state agencies, and corporations like Ford Motor Co., Severstal North America, and Oakwood Healthcare System. O’Reilly has significant experience in regional, state, and federal levels of government, including serving as staff counsel in the Michigan Senate and U.S. House of Representatives for U.S. Congressman John Dingell. He was also active with the Urban Core Mayors, Downriver Community Conference, Conference of Western Wayne, United States Conference of Mayors, and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. He was very active with the League throughout his career and served on the League Board and was the League Board President from 2015 to 2016.

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

Download and view photos from our award winners on the League’s flickr page here.

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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