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Northville City Manager takes helm of MME professional association for 2018

Pat Sullivan MME PresidentNorthville City Manager Pat Sullivan is the new president of Michigan Municipal Executives (MME), leading an association that represents approximately 300 Michigan municipal managers. He served as president-elect in 2017 and has been a member for 28 years.

He took on the new role during the association’s annual Winter Institute in Ann Arbor Jan. 30-Feb. 2, succeeding Keith Van Beek, Ottawa County deputy administrator.

“This organization does so much to develop and support local government leaders,” Sullivan said. “I’m proud to lead it for the next year.”

MME is a nonprofit, professional organization representing the managers of Michigan’s cities, counties, townships and villages. Its purpose is to foster and encourage the personal and professional development of its members to better serve their communities and to promote, encourage and preserve high ethical standards for municipal administrators. It is an affiliate of the Michigan Municipal League.
Sullivan’s tenure will benefit the residents of Northville since executives in MME share information and advice about managing various departments and resolving difficult issues. Having such an accessible, experienced group of mentors and advisers to call on is invaluable, he noted.

Sullivan said he will focus on increasing awareness of the profession to help attract a new generation of municipal executives. “Baby Boomers are retiring and leaving all levels of our workforce, so we need to make sure we attract great leaders to carry on our work,” he said. “Part of that is making sure the leadership of MME is more diverse going forward. We need to let everyone who has the talent and passion to lead local governments know that we are going to welcome and support them.”

Sullivan has been the Northville city manager since March 2006. His previous governmental experience includes serving as superintendent of the City of St. Clair; and as assistant village manager and village clerk of Beverly Hills. He received a Master’s of Public Administration from Oakland University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs from Wayne State University. He is also a member of the International City/County Management Association and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.

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