REGIONAL PLANNERS HONOR Leon Laylin
The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) has selected Leon Laylin to honor with the 2018 Welch-Lackey Leadership Award. At the December 18th meeting of the SWMPC Board, held at the Van Buren Conference Center, John Egelhaaf Executive Director at SWMPC honored Leon Laylin with the Welch-Lackey Leadership Award. In announcing the award, Egelhaaf commented, "Mr. Laylin has served as SWMPC Mayor’s Alternate for the City of Dowagiac since 2015, and was a member of the SWMPC Bylaw Committee, helping redraft new SWMPC Bylaws. He serves on Dowagiac City Planning Commission and has been involved in the City’s Chamber of Commerce. Laylin is now retired, but was a business owner from 1961 through 2002.”
The SWMPC is the regional planning agency for Berrien, Cass and Van Buren Counties and presents the Welch-Lackey Leadership Award each year in honor of former Commissioners George A. Welch and William F. Lackey. These men served the Commission in times of great personal difficulties, yet continued throughout to represent the spirit of public service and to further the goals of intergovernmental cooperation. Their contribution to the communities they served embodies the leadership qualities essential to the preservation of our citizen form of government. Board members vote by secret ballot from nominees submitted by the SWMPC staff as members currently exemplifying such qualities.