Michigan Municipal League Honors Graduates of 2021 Elected Officials Academy

Matt Bach
Michigan Municipal League
c: (810) 874-1073; [email protected]


Michigan Municipal League Honors Graduates of 2021 Elected Officials Academy

ANN ARBOR, Michigan — The Michigan Municipal League is honoring 14 graduates of its 2021 Elected Officials Academy.

Now in its 24th year, the Elected Officials Academy is an ongoing four-level 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.

“The Elected Officials Academy is an outstanding program that helps local officials improve their understanding of municipal governance and so that they can better serve their constituents and their communities. We are thankful to have so many dedicated public servants who have completed the program this year,” said Westland Mayor and League Board President William Wild.

Recipients of the 2021 Level One Education Award who have completed 25 academy credits are the following elected officials: Saint Johns Mayor Bob Craig; Saginaw City Councilmember William Ostash; Fremont City Councilmember Sandra Siegel; Berkley City Councilmembers John C. (Jack) Blanchard and Ross Gavin; Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Donald Gerrie; Linden City Councilor Pam Howd; Dearborn City Councilmember Leslie Herrick; and Newberry Village President Catherine Freese.

The recipients of the 2021 Level Two Leadership Award have completed 55 academy credits. They include Montrose Mayor Colleen Brown, Berkley City Councilmember Dennis Hennen and Farmington Hills City Councilmember Kenneth Massey.
The recipients of the 2021 Level Three Governance Award have completed 100 academy credits and include Dearborn Heights City Treasurer Lisa Hicks-Clayton and Hamtramck City Councilmember Ian Perrotta.

For additional information contact the League’s Matt Bach, assistant director of strategic communications, at (810) 874-1073 and [email protected].

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