"Inside Wayne County" is a series of interviews that feature various county officials. Click here for the episode featuring Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak.
The Wayne County Commission and its employees are the legislative branch of county government. The chief role of the commission is to adopt a budget and enact ordinances. The commission also approves contracts, appointments and rules. The money is spent and ordinances are enforced through the administrative branch. The 2015-16 fiscal year's $1.56 billion budget runs the county operations that serve the more than 1.8 million people living in Wayne County.
All Wayne County Commission meetings, as well as the budget sessions, are open to the public. The commission meets on the first and the third Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in its chambers on the mezzanine level of the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Detroit. In addition to the full body, the Commission has eight standing committees, along with special committees and task forces. Click here for the full Commission's 2016 meeting schedule and agendas.
Our mailing address is 500 Griswold, Seventh Floor, Detroit, MI 48226. Our general information phone number is 313-224-2383. Our normal business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Wayne County, the most populous county in Michigan, is divided into 15 districts, and commissioners are elected every two years in even-year elections.
For an explanation of how Wayne County government is structured, how it works and what it does for you, click here to read "A Citizen's Guide to Wayne County Government, 2015-2016 Edition."
Click here to read Chairman Gary Woronchak's remarks at the January 8, 2015, Wayne County Commission meeting after his election as chair for the 2015-16 legislative session. Click here for a video of the speech. Click here for videos of comments from all 15 commissioners, courtesy of Heritage Newspapers.
ETHICS ORDINANCE: The Wayne County Commission approved Wayne County's first Ethics Ordinance on April 5, 2012, and amended it on December 18, 2014. Click here to read the ordinance.
The Wayne County Ethics Board meets in Hearing Room 704 of the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting date is to be determined.
Click here to learn more about the Wayne County Ethics Board.
HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE WAYNE COUNTY ETHICS BOARD
Any Wayne County employee/public servant or resident is encouraged to report any instances of unethical behavior by a Wayne County employee or elected official to the Wayne County Ethics Board for further investigation.
Click here to download a complaint form. The form must be signed and notarized.
To determine whether the behavior or actions about which you wish to complain would fall under the jurisdiction of the Ethics Board, you can review the Ethics Ordinance (Wayne County Enrolled Ordinance 2014-734) by clicking here.