About 100 friends of Dearborn's well-established Arab American community recently gathered at LaPita Restaurant & Banquet Center for a reception sponsored by the Arab American News honoring Dennis Muchmore. Since 2011, Muchmore, a long-time Lansing insider, has served as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's chief-of-staff.
Most political watchers credit Muchmore as the key behind-the-scenes architect of Snyder's "re-invention" plan for the Great Lakes State. The former lobbyist and Michigan department head is stepping down from his executive office job at the end of this month, shortly after Snyder delivers his annual State of the State Address.
Arab American News publisher Osama Siblani praised Muchmore's many years of public service in Lansing and to the Dearborn community. Also making brief remarks at the reception were Detroit bankruptcy Judge Gerald Rosen, Detroit Regional Chamber President & CEO Sandy Baruah and myself. Westland Mayor Bill Wild, Arab American Civil Rights League Founder Nabih Ayad, new AACRL Chairman President Nasser Beydoun, Kelly Nelson representing Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan's office and several other community leaders were in attendance.
Muchmore will begin his new job as chairman of the government relations and regulatory practice group for the Detroit-based Honigman law firm in February.