John M. Patriarche Distinguished Service Award

The distinguished service award is the highest honor the Association bestows.  It honors past members of the Michigan Municipal Executives who have been members of the Association for a significant number of years.  Those honored have worked consistently and effectively to foster representative democracy by enhancing the effectiveness of local elected officials through innovative programs, projects, and by consistency in providing excellence in character and professionalism.

A person can only be eligible for nomination if he/she has been retired or deceased for at least three years before nomination.  Also, the nominee must have been a member of MME for a significant number of years.

Alex Allie


Retired Huntington Woods City Manager Alex Allie received the 2015 Patriarche Colloquium Award for his continued service to Michigan communities spanning multiple decades.

Allie spent more than 40 years in local government management, including over two decades as City Manager of Huntington Woods. He retired in 2014. In addition to his tenure with Huntington Woods, he served as City Manager of Owosso, Assistant City Manager of Novi, and as an Administrative Assistant to the City Manager in Berkley.

During his career, and in addition to his many professional responsibilities, Allie served on the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, the League Finance and Taxation Committee, and the MME Board of Directors and as a member of many of its committees.

In 2012, Allie was recognized for his exemplary service to local government with an International City/County Management Association 40 year service award. In 2013, he received the Excellence in Local Government Award from MME. Read more.


 Past Recipients:

  • Alex Allie – 2015
  • Kathie S. Grinzinger – 2014
  • Eric DeLong – 2013
  • Charles Graham – 2012
  • Mark Wollenweber – 2011
  • Theodore Staton – 2010
  • Kurt Kimball – 2009
  • Karl Tomion – 2008
  • Robert Hamilton – 2007
  • William M. Costick – 2006
  • Thomas W. Kressbach – 2005
  • Richard. A Huebler – 2004
  • William J. Baldridge – 2002
  • Frank A. Gerstenecker – 2001
  • Robert S. Kenning – 2000
  • Clifford R. Miles – 1997
  • Fred. H. Tholen, Jr. – 1995
  • Edward H. Potthoff, Jr. – 1994
  • John M Patriarche – 1992