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Tom Hawkins, Raisin Charter Township (Lenawee Co.) supervisor, has been appointed to the Michigan Townships Association (MTA) Board of Directors. Hawkins will represent MTA District 24, which encompasses Hillsdale, Jackson and Lenawee Counties.

Hawkins, who previously served two terms as trustee, was elected supervisor in 2020. With deep ties to the community and to public service, he is a pastor at New Song Community Church and served in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years. He is a 2016 graduate of MTA’s Township Governance Academy, a credential program that aims to allow township officials to bring heightened leadership and guidance to their community.

Hawkins has brought his passion for good governance to his township, and says that he views his primary responsibility as supervisor as being available to serve all residents and setting the “gold standard” in public service. He will carry that commitment with him to his service on MTA’s Board.

 “I love hearing new ideas to make our community a better place,” he said. “I am looking forward to networking with my fellow MTA Board members from around the state to increase my knowledge of township governance, and to helping encourage education and legislation that benefits townships.”

 In addition to his service on the township board, Hawkins previously also served as the township board representative on the budget committee and the zoning board of appeals. He is custodian of the township website, https://www.raisinchartertownship.com. Hawkins is president of Living Water Mission, a 501c3 organization which he also serves by helping drill water wells in Kenya. He is also a board member for the local Kiwanis chapter located in Tecumseh.

 “We welcome Tom to the MTA Board, and look forward to his contributions and dedication to good governance and public service,” said 2021 MTA President Peter Kleiman, supervisor of Harris Township (Menominee Co.).