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The Michigan Townships Association welcomes two new members to its Government Relations team, helping to advocate at both the state and federal levels on behalf of Michigan’s 1,240 townships, more than 6,500 elected township officials, and thousands of additional appointed township officials, employees and others serving their communities.

Michael Batterbee brings decades of experience working with the Michigan Legislature and state departments to his new role of MTA legislative associate. Batterbee most recently was senior policy advisor for the House Republican Policy Office and spent seven years as the director of the Office of Government Affairs with the Michigan Department of State. He has also worked with the National Federation of Independent Business and Small Business Association of Michigan and has served as deputy director for the House Republican Caucus Services. Batterbee first began working for the state House as a legislative assistant in 1993.

“I look forward to using my 20-plus years working in and around state government to work on behalf of and giving a voice to Michigan’s townships,” Batterbee said. “Our townships are the backbone of this state and I appreciate this exciting opportunity.”

Sean Hammond has also joined MTA as legislative associate, bringing his experiences serving the Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) for six years, including two years as policy director and previously as deputy policy director. Prior to his time at MEC, Hammond provided policy analysis and legal memos to Michigan’s Senate Majority Policy Office, and completed internships with Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the office of former Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and the office of former State Rep. Rick Jones. 

“I am looking forward to this new opportunity to work with townships on policy that impacts the future of all Michiganders,” Hammond said. “Local governments most directly impact all of our lives, and should be free to lead the way for the state in building a stronger economy, environment and sense of community.”

MTA Director of Government Relations Judy Allen looks forward to the contributions Batterbee and Hammond will bring to the Association’s advocacy efforts on behalf of the government closest to the people. She said, “We are delighted to have Mike and Sean join our team. The experience, expertise and passion for the legislative process they both bring will be an asset for townships with the multitude of legislative issues that impact local government.