Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wild named Municipal League vice president

Mayor William R. Wild
Westland Mayor William R. Wild has been named as vice president of the Michigan Municipal League (MML).
Wild was named vice president by the 18-member board last Friday during the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees meeting in Lansing. He will help lead the organization with Board President Brenda F. Moore, Saginaw mayor pro tem. As vice president, Wild is in line to become league president in 2020-21.
The MML is dedicated to making Michigan communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan's greatest centers of potential: its communities, according to the website. The league advocates on behalf of 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, an official said.

 “I've been active with the league for many years and it's an outstanding organization,” commented Wild, who was appointed to the league board in 2017. “It's an honor to be selected as vice president and I look forward to working with board President Moore to best serve the members.”
Wild has served as mayor of the City of Westland since 2007. He is dedicated to forward-thinking policy innovation, he has put Westland, a town of 85,000 residents, on the national map with recognition as one of “America's top 50 places to live, work and play” by Wall Street 24/7 magazine, according to an official release from the MML.
 Under Wild's leadership, the City of Westland has adopted initiatives like “Westland Mission: Green!” which promotes environmental best practices, the “Compassionate City Program,” a goal to incorporate a friendly and humane lens into community planning and activities, and the “Passport to a Healthy City” program, designed to help Westland residents to live healthy and fulfilling lives.
Wild began his service career in 1999 as a member of the Westland Planning Commission and in 2001 he began a six-year tenure as member of the Westland City Council. He is a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, SEMCOG Economic Development Task Force, and serves as an advisor to the Thai Initiative, a Seattle-based nonprofit that leads the way in creating subnational relationships between the United States and China.