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Elected Officials Academy Names New Officers Officials from Ferndale and Berkley to Lead Advisory Board

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Matt Bach
Michigan Municipal League
C: (810) 874-1073; mbach@mml.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 6, 2021

Elected Officials Academy Names New Officers Officials from Ferndale and Berkley to Lead Advisory Board

Officials from Ferndale and Berkley to Lead Advisory Board

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — The Michigan Municipal League’s Elected Officials Academy (EOA) recently selected its 2021 advisory board officers.

During its annual meeting Sept. 23 at the Michigan Municipal League 2021 Convention in Grand Rapids, the Elected Officials Academy selected officials from Ferndale and Berkley to lead the group for the next year.

Ferndale Councilmember Raylon Leaks-May was selected as president and Berkley Councilmember Dennis Hennen was named vice president. The advisory board oversees the Michigan Municipal League’s Elected Officials Academy, a voluntary continuing education program established in 1997. The ongoing four-level education program recognizes elected officials across the state for their dedication to becoming as professional and knowledgeable as possible in the role of public servant.

In addition to Leaks-May and Hennen, other members of the EOA board are Rock Abboud, Councilmember, Beverly Hills; Colleen Brown, Mayor, Montrose; Marty Colburn, City Manager, Traverse City; Cardi DeMonaco, Councilmember, Eastpointe; Monica Galloway, Councilmember, Flint; Abe Garcia, Councilmember, Wayland; Don Gerrie, Commissioner, Sault Ste. Marie; Eric Hufnagel, Mayor, St. Johns; Ernestine Lyons, Councilmember, Harper Woods; Josh Meringa, Councilmember, Grandville; Roberto Valdez, Village President, Blissfield; Kathy Winczewski, Councilmember, Ludington; and Lev Wood, Councilmember, Grosse Pointe Farms.

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, assistant director of strategic communications, at (810) 874-1073 and mbach@mml.org.

Michigan Municipal Leagueis dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The 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. Learn more at mml.org.

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