O’Reilly named Michigan Municipal League Board president

DEARBORN — Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. was named the 2015-16 president of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees.

O’Reilly was selected by the 19-member board during the Michigan Municipal League’s Nov. 20 meeting in Lansing. O’Reilly succeeds former East Lansing Mayor Nathan Triplett, who lost his re-election bid to East Lansing City Council earlier this month.

O’Reilly has served on the League board since 2013 and has been Dearborn mayor since 2007. He has been an elected public servant for more than 25 years, including 17 years as president of the Dearborn City Council.

“This is really an honor to serve as president of the League because it is a great group, and its members are constantly trying to make our local government environment better,” O’Reilly said. “I’m proud to be part of it and look forward to working with the board and the League’s outstanding staff.”

O’Reilly has experience in regional, state and federal levels of government, and has participated on or led many boards, task forces and high level committees.

In 2014, he was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Local Community Stabilization Authority Council, a five-member panel that oversees personal property tax replacement revenue distribution to communities across Michigan.

Also in 2014, O’Reilly was elected chair of the Downriver Community Conference, following many other leadership positions he held with the regional organization.

He is also active with the Urban Core Mayors, Conference of Western Wayne, and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, and works with the M-TEC Training Alliance Board (a program of Henry Ford College) and the Wayne County Transit Authority.

Before becoming Mayor, he was the executive director of the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance.

In Dearborn, O’Reilly has demonstrated his commitment to the city’s neighborhoods and has implemented a number of initiatives to re-invent its older residential areas. He has promoted economic development through beneficial relationships with county, regional, and state agencies, and corporations like Ford Motor Co.

He plans to focus much of his time as League president on addressing Michigan’s municipal finance system.

“Municipal finance is a huge issue in our state because of what happened to our economy,” O’Reilly said. “We really have to figure out how to make the financing structure better than what it is now, for the benefit of all of our residents. The MML is a crucial part of that conversation, and as board president, I’m eager to advocate for productive changes.”

O’Reilly’s term as board president runs until mid-September 2016.

Michigan Municipal 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.