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Denise Lawrence
328 N 6th St
West Branch, MI 48661
(989) 345-0500

Denise was elected to the City Council in 2012, and then elected as Mayor in November 2016.  She has been a resident of the City since 1972; and is a graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School.  In 1982, Denise graduated with her Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Central Michigan University.

Denise works downtown at the law office of Jon R. MacDonald, a position she has held for 24 years.  In addition to her mayoral duties, she sits on many boards including the Ogemaw County EMS Authority, the Ogemaw Fire Board, the Airport Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, and the West Branch DDA.  Her volunteer services include President of the Ogemaw County Christmas for Kids, committee member for West Branch Children's Museum and is active in Special Olympics.

Denise is the oldest child of Kathryn and the late William Lawrence.  She has 2 brothers Dennis and Dean Lawrence, and 1 sister, Deborah Bulhman.

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Aaron Tuttle
Council Member
(Ward 1)

121 N 4th St
West Branch, MI  48661
(989) 345-0500
 Aaron was appointed to City Council in March of 2017.
Michael Jackson
121 N 4th St
West Branch, MI  48661
(989) 345-0500
Mike was born in Belleville, Michigan but raised in the Denver, Colorado area.  He moved back to Michigan in 1996 to be near his parents, who retired to West Branch, where they both grew up.

Mike was appointed to the West Branch Planning Commission in 2009, a position that he still holds.  He has served as Planning Commission Chair from 2015 until his appointment to City Council in February 2018.  He also served briefly as a member of the Ogemaw County EDC Board from 2011 to 2013. 

Mike married his wife Dawn in 2004.

In his free time, he enjoys traveling, reading and watching sports.

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 Joanne Bennett
Council Member

121 N First St
West Branch, MI  48661
(989) 345-0500
Joanne is a graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School after having moved to the area in junior high. She decided to advance her education at Central Michigan University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Business Education. 

She returned to Ogemaw County where she currently works for Pepsi Beverages Company, a division of PepsiCo, located in the city’s industrial park.  Joanne currently sits on the West Branch Downtown Development Authority. 

Joanne is married to Scott, and together have seven children and eight grandchildren.  Both her son, Donald Reminder, attending COOR ISD and daughter, Alli Reminder, attending OHHS will graduate in the spring of 2017.  The Bennett’s attend church at Ogemaw Hills Free Methodist Church.  In her free time, Joanne enjoys reading, going to the movies, volunteering, learning and spending time with family.

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Dan Weiler
Council Member

121 N Fourth St
West Branch, MI  48661
(989) 345-0500
Dan was born and raised in West Branch, and is a graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School.

He previously worked for the City of West Branch at the Waste Water Treatment Plant facility; and retired from that position. Prior to being elected as a Councilmember, Dan has and continues to serve on the West Branch Planning Commission.

Dan is the proud father of 2 children, his daughter Danielle of West Branch, and son Keith who currently resides in the great state of Minnesota.  Dan wants to bring more community engagement back to the City, and believes he can make a difference on council as he has the time to put forth for the job since his retirement.
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Tim Schaiberger
Council Member
(Ward 2)

121 N 4th St
West Branch, MI  48661
) 345-0500

Tim is native to the West Branch area, and moved into the City back in 2002.  He is a graduate of Ogemaw Heights High School; and later graduated from Central Michigan University with his Bachelor's of Science Degree in the study of English. 

Tim has worked in the area is entire life and is now owner of Schaiberger CPR, a web design and consulting firm.  Appointed to City Coucil in 2009, Tim is excited to continue his work with the City.  Tim has spent the past year serving as the President of the West Branch Kiwanis Club, and has previously served on the West Branch Regional Medical Board, as well as the Chairman of the West Branch Planning Commission.

In his free time, Tim enjoys spending time with his daughter Elizabeth (Lizzie); and can be found most weekends strumming his guitar and performing throughout the entire community.
Rusty Showalter

Council Member
(Ward 3)

121 N 4th St
West Branch, MI  48661
(989) 345-0500
Rusty was appointed to Council mid-term in 2008, and then elected by the people in 2010.  Raised in neighboring Houghton Lake, Rusty moved to West Branch in 1999 overseeing a greater portion of the affordable housing in Ogemaw County.

Since obtaining his position on Council, he has been active in the community serving as a previous Kiwanian (in which he still participates in the annual Variety Show), and the Chairman of the West Branch Children's Film Festival.  Rusty currently also serves as the Chairman of the West Branch DDA, and Vise-Chair of Ogemaw Hills Recreation Department.  He is a board member of the WWTP Authority, CASA and is an active member of the Michigan Municipal League where he currently serves as a Board of Trustee member.  Additionally, he previously served three consecutive 1 year terms for MML's Region 6.  First as Secretary, then Vice President and finishing his service as President in 2014.  Rusty is also enrolled in the MML's Elected Official Academy and has graduated from Level 3 with the Governance Award. He plans to continue his studies with hopes of completing the final level by the end of 2018.

Rusty enjoys camping & spending time with his wife Denise, his children Michael (Laura) & Shawn (Stephanie), and his granddaughters Brooklynn & Lacey.