Municipal nonprofit names Grand Rapids mayor board president


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Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss has been named board president of a statewide municipal nonprofit.

The Michigan Municipal League, or MML, in Ann Arbor said today that Bliss was selected for the role for 2016-17.

The 19-member board made the selection during the 2016 MML Convention taking place this week on Mackinac Island.

As MML board president, Bliss will focus on fixing the state’s “broken system” for funding municipalities and restoring more local control to local governments.

“The league plays an important role in our state and is a strong voice for local units of government in Lansing and we need that,” Bliss said. “There is real power in numbers and value in cities coming together to actively work toward a common goal.”

Bliss has served on the MML board since 2013, including as vice president the past year. 

Bliss became the City of Grand Rapids’ first female mayor when she took office on Jan. 1.

She previously served as a Second Ward city commissioner for 10 years.

Bliss is also an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University's School of Social Work.

MML said that she's been recognized and honored locally and statewide for her "commitment, dedication and work" in the field of child abuse and neglect and her leadership in the community. 

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