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Cooper Charter Township (Kalamazoo Co.) Supervisor Jeffrey Sorensen was elected president of the Michigan Townships Association (MTA) at the Association's Annual Meeting, conducted during the 66th Annual MTA Educational Conference & Expo, April 1-4 in Grand Rapids.

“I am honored to take the helm of such an important and well-run organization,” Sorensen said. “I truly believe in the ‘neighbors serving neighbors’ model of township government, and I look forward to spending the next year encouraging township officials to take advantage of the resources at our fingertips to better serve our residents and make our townships the best they can be.”

Sorensen brings to his new position nearly two decades of experience as an elected official, having served as township supervisor since 2000. He has also served on the MTA Board of Directors since 2008, representing township officials in Allegan, Barry and Kalamazoo Counties as MTA District 19 director and serving as president of the Kalamazoo County MTA Chapter.

In addition to serving as township supervisor, Sorensen spent 20 years serving the township fire department, including as assistant fire chief from 1988 to 2000. Previously, he was the owner of a used car dealership in Kalamazoo. Sorensen is a past president of the Kalamazoo County Council of Governments, a former volunteer for the Greater Kalamazoo United Way, and a current member of the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, the Kalamazoo Regional Water and Wastewater Commission and the Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Advisory Council.