City Treasurer Laurie Sheldon Honored with PRIME Award

Laurie Sheldon Honored with Award by Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association

Laurie Sheldon holding the award with Rachel Piner, treasurer for the City of Williamston and last year’s PRIME winnerCity Treasurer Laurie Sheldon was recently honored with the prestigious PRIME award from the Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association.

Since 2014,  Sheldon has been actively involved with the MMTA, which is a nonprofit organization for treasury professionals dedicated to the development of municipal treasury members and supporting service industries by providing education, information and networking opportunities. She was elected to the board in 2016 as a director and then as board secretary in 2019.  

The association serves more than 900 members representing cities, townships, villages, counties and service industries of all sizes across Michigan. MMTA recognizes its members’ extraordinary contributions through the PRIME award, which stands for: Professional Recognition in Municipal Excellence. The honor recognizes individuals who have shown distinguished service in their professions, communities and the MMTA. Since 1989, the association has recognized 33 outstanding individuals who exemplified these attributes.

Through the training programs offered through MMTA and its national organization, the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada, members have the opportunity to earn both state and national professional certifications and accreditations to support and enhance their work as treasury professionals. Sheldon has taken advantage of these opportunities, achieving certifications as an advanced public funds investment manager, public finance administrator and Michigan public treasurer.

Sheldon was elected as Kentwood’s treasurer in November 2013. She has resided in Kentwood for more than 25 years and has served the City since 2006 at the request of Mayor Root as a planning commissioner. She has also served as a first ward city commissioner.

Prior to her roles with the City of Kentwood, Sheldon gained experience in sales, marketing and campaign consulting and management. She earned her associate and bachelor’s degrees from Davenport University and is an East Kentwood High School graduate.