Newberry, Pentwater, Ubly and Hamtramck Officials Awarded Scholarships

Press Release


Matt Bach
Director of Communications
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073
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Newberry, Pentwater, Ubly and Hamtramck Officials Awarded Scholarships

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Officials from the villages of Newberry, Pentwater, and Ubly, and the city of Hamtramck have been awarded the Tim Doyle Scholarship that will cover the costs to participate in an upcoming Michigan Municipal League training for recently elected local officials.

They were selected by the Michigan Municipal League Foundation to attend an Elected Officials Academy Core Weekender training Feb. 22-23 in Frankenmuth. The seminar will broaden their knowledge on financial management, leadership skills, legal issues, planning and zoning, and other municipal-related topics. The recipients are:

  • Saad Almasmari, Hamtramck councilman
  • Jason Nicol, Village of Ubly president
  • Dr. Claudia Ressel-Hodan, Village of Pentwater trustee
  • Lori Stokes, Village of Newberry president

“I want to serve the public to the best of my ability and to also help and encourage other council members to further their education and confidence in their elected positions,” Nicol said. “This makes training a very important tool to make the Village of Ubly a better place to live.”

The Tim Doyle Scholarship Fund helps provide access to the most critical information for newly elected officials through the Elected Officials Academy (EOA) Core Weekender seminar. The scholarship was created in honor of Tim Doyle, who passed away in early 2008. Doyle was a councilmember in Durand, an EOA board member, and an ardent supporter of elected officials training. His wife, Deb Doyle, is a past League president, former EOA board member, and current mayor of the city of Durand. The EOA board resolved that Tim Doyle be honored through this educational scholarship program.

“An elected official needs to be able to serve with the necessary knowledge to do the job,” Ressel-Hodan said. “While passion to improve one’s community can go a long way, it is only when armed with knowledge can their dreams be fulfilled.”

Community members can help support this valuable training resource for newly elected officials. For every $1,000 donated, six local elected officials can get the tools they need to identify, develop, and implement strategies that will grow and strengthen Michigan’s communities.

For additional information, contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of communications, at (810) 874-1073 (cell); (734) 669-6317 (office) and [email protected].

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