Wayne County Commission

Timothy Killeen District 1
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Representing
Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods & Detroit (part).
Jewel Ware District 2
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Representing
Detroit (part)
Martha G. Scott District 3
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Representing
Detroit (part), Hamtramck, Highland Park
Ilona Varga District 4
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Representing
Lincoln Park, Melvindale & Detroit (part).
Irma Clark-Coleman District 5
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Detroit (part)
Burton Leland District 6
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Detroit (part)
Alisha Bell District 7
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Detroit (part)
Diane Webb District 8
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Redford Township, Dearborn Heights & Livonia (part).
Terry Marecki District 9
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Representing
Northville, Northville Township & Livonia (part).
Joe Barone District 10
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Representing
Plymouth, Plymouth Township & Canton Township
Al Haidous District 11
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Belleville, Wayne, Sumpter Township, Van Buren Township, Huron Township, Romulus, Westland (part).
Richard LeBlanc District 12
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Representing
Inkster, Garden City & Westland (part).
Gary Woronchak Commission Chair
District 13
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Representing
Dearborn & Allen Park.
Raymond Basham District 14
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Representing
Brownstown Township, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Woodhaven and Taylor.
Joseph Palamara District 15
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Ecorse, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, River Rouge, Riverview, Southgate, Trenton, & Wyandotte.
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*To find your commissioner, click the number of the district in which you live on this map. If you need more help finding your commissioner, click here.


Chairman Gary Woronchak and Commissioners Terry Marecki and Ilona Varga appeared on "Flashpoint" on Detroit's WDIV-TV (Channel 4) on Aug. 16 to talk about the state of the county, namely the consent agreement with the state of Michigan. Click here for the video. It's in the second segment on the middle of the page.

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The Wayne County Commission's Committee on Ways and Means is holding a series of hearings on the county's proposed $1.54 billion budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1. Click here for a schedule. To view a copy of the proposed budget, click here.

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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. This fiscal year's $1.68 billion budget runs the county operations that serves 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 seven standing committees, along with special committees and task forces. Click here for the full Commission's 2015 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."

Falling property values main reason for county’s budget problems.  Wayne County’s property tax revenues down 30 percent, over $100 million a year, from 2008 levels

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.
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ETHICS ORDINANCE: The Wayne County Commission approved Wayne County's first Ethics Ordinance in 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. The next meeting date is to be determined.

Click here for the 2014 Wayne County Ethics Board Year-End Report.

Click here to learn more about the Wayne County Ethics Board.

 




News & press releases

Commission schedules budget hearing for Sept. 1 at Livonia City Hall

Monday, August 24, 2015 - Commission
As a way to reach out to the public, the Wayne County Commission’s Committee on Ways and Means will hold a budget hearing at 10 a.m. Sept. 1 at Livonia City Hall, 33000 Civic Center Drive.
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Commissioner Burton Leland's summer 2015 newsletter

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 - Commission
Commissioner Burton Leland serves the 6th District, which covers northwest Detroit.
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Commissioner Terry Marecki's summer 2015 newsletter

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Commission
Commissioner Terry Marecki represents the 9th District, which covers Northville, Northville Township and most of Livonia.
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2015 newsletter

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - Commission
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
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Commission awards contract for long-awaited West Jefferson bridge repairs over Rouge River

Friday, July 17, 2015 - Commission
After more than a two-year wait, relief is in sight for residents and business owners in River Rouge and southwest Detroit.
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Commission Vice-Chair Bell chosen to National Association of Counties leadership positions

Friday, July 17, 2015 - Commission
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell’s trip to the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition, held July 10-13 in Charlotte, N.C., netted her several leadership positions.
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State grant, county match will pay for study on health of Rouge River Watershed

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission voted unanimously July 16 to accept a grant from the state that will help the county monitor the health of the Rouge River and its branches.
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Opinion: Commissioner Barone adamantly opposed to county’s “summer surprise” property tax levy

Thursday, July 09, 2015 - Commission
By now, most of you have received your summer property tax bills in the mail. One of the main questions that my office is receiving is: “Why am I being hit with a special assessment from Wayne County?”
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Commissioner Killeen to serve as keynote speaker for conference to benefit deaf, blind residents

Thursday, July 09, 2015 - Commission
Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen, D-Detroit, will be the keynote speaker of the inaugural “Community and Political Collaboration: Working to Improve the Quality of Life for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind” conference, scheduled for Aug. 21.
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Chairman Woronchak addresses Commission about state’s high-speed approach to county financial issues

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - Commission
(Editor’s note: Here are comments Chairman Gary Woronchak made to fellow commissioners July 1.)
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Commissioner Webb will host fourth annual Veterans, Families & Caretakers event June 24

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - Commission
Wayne County Commissioner Diane Webb (D-Livonia) will host her fourth annual Veterans, Families & Caretakers Event from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, in Redford Township.
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Chairman Woronchak addresses Commission about preliminary state review of county finances

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Commission
As you are aware, the County Executive has asked the state Treasurer to conduct a preliminary review to begin the process of determining whether a financial emergency, as defined by law, exists in Wayne County.
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Wayne County Commission adopts Woronchak’s Ramadan resolution

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission voted unanimously June 18 to support a resolution brought forward by Chairman Gary Woronchak to offer best wishes to the Muslim community in honor of the start of Ramadan.
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Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell a select attendee at NACo leadership meeting

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - Commission
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell, D-Detroit, recently accompanied a select group of county government leaders to Washington, D.C., and the 12th annual County Leadership Institute, a rigorous six-day program.
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Opinion: Judgment imposes levy without county taxpayers’ consent

Monday, June 15, 2015 - Commission
When a court judgment against a municipality awards money, the municipality has two choices: Pay whomever filed suit directly, or pass it on to taxpayers by levying a special property tax.
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Commissioner Haidous named to newly formed Governor’s Talent Investment Board

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Commission
Commissioner Al Haidous was appointed May 21 to the newly created Governor’s Talent Investment Board, which will help match employers with those who have specific skills.
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Commission approves creation of two authorities to support Dearborn business districts

Thursday, May 07, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission on May 7 approved tax increment financing districts for the Warren Avenue and Dix-Vernor business communities.
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Patience urged as Beck Road repaving project disrupts traffic to and from Plymouth High School

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - Commission
The repaving and expansion of Beck Road by Wayne County is causing headaches for drivers going to and from Plymouth High School, but it’s a project that has been long awaited and will make traffic in the area much more manageable.
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Nearly 75 girls receive prom dresses, accessories at eighth annual “Belle of the Ball” event

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Commission
Prospective promgoers and their families and friends were treated to quite a colorful sight April 18 at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan in Detroit.
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Redford Interfaith Relief executive director receives Woman of Distinction honor from Commissioner Webb

Monday, April 20, 2015 - Commission
Since Sue Pherson moved to Redford Township more than 36 years ago, she enthusiastically has made a difference in her hometown.
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Barone appointed to replace Price as 10th District commissioner

Monday, April 20, 2015 - Commission
Attorney Joe Barone has been appointed to the Wayne County Commission to fill the vacancy created by the departure of Shannon Price, who resigned from the commission to accept the appointment as Plymouth Township supervisor.
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Commission supports Woronchak resolution supporting Take On Hate, rejecting bias and discrimination

Monday, April 06, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission has adopted a resolution, introduced by Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak, D-Dearborn, supporting the Campaign to Take On Hate.
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Eighth annual “Belle of the Ball” event allows girls to select free prom dresses, accessories

Monday, April 06, 2015 - Commission
Attending their high school prom is a dream of many girls, but for some it’s simply too expensive. That’s the motivation behind “Belle of the Ball,” the eighth annual prom dress event sponsored by Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell.
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Environmental cleanup approved for Gibraltar steel plant, which will employ at least 100

Thursday, April 02, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission voted 15-0 April 2 to approve a brownfield cleanup plan for a proposed steel plant in Gibraltar that company officials say will employ at least 100 people.
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Commissioner Webb presents Woman of Distinction honor to Meals on Wheels site manager

Friday, March 27, 2015 - Commission
Gertrude Bazner’s mission is to ensure that seniors in her hometown, Dearborn Heights, are not forgotten. That successful mission has earned Bazner a Woman of Distinction Award from Wayne County Commissioner Diane Webb.
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Commissioner Basham honors Matador Restaurant for more than 60 years in community

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - Commission
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham (D-Taylor) presented a resolution March 17 to the management of Matador Restaurant in Taylor for 61 years of service to Wayne County residents. Matador Restaurant is at 26747 Van Born Road.
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County, state to co-host public meeting on Canton road projects

Friday, February 27, 2015 -
The meeting will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway, Canton, and be in an open house format.
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Commission approves major road projects for Plymouth, Canton communities

Friday, February 20, 2015 -
The largest project is the reconstruction of Beck Road between Warren Road in Canton Township to just south of Ann Arbor Trail in Plymouth Township. The project is scheduled to begin in March, weather permitting.
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Commission names Clark-Coleman to Airport Authority board

Thursday, February 12, 2015 -
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 to appoint Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman (D-Detroit) to the Wayne County Airport Authority board of directors. The Authority, established under Public Act 90 of 2002, is responsible for the management and operation
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Stretch of Sheldon Road to be repaved in Van Buren Township

Friday, February 06, 2015 -
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 Feb. 5 to approve a five-year intergovernmental agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation for improvements to Sheldon Road, between Van Born and Yost roads, in Van Buren Township.
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County to repave section of Warren Avenue in Dearborn Heights and Detroit

Friday, February 06, 2015 -
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 Feb. 5 to approve a five-year intergovernmental agreement with the city of Dearborn Heights for more than $1.4 million in improvements to Warren Avenue, between Telegraph Road and Outer Drive West.
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County to assist in rebuilding intersection of Goddard and Wayne roads in Romulus

Friday, February 06, 2015 -
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 Feb. 5 to approve a five-year intergovernmental agreement with the city of Romulus for improvements at the intersection of Goddard and Wayne roads, just west of Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
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Basham honors Rony’s Body Shop for more than 50 years of service

Thursday, January 22, 2015 -
Wayne County Commissioner Raymond Basham (D-Taylor) presented a resolution Jan. 21 to the management of Rony’s Body Shop in Taylor for more than 50 years of service to Wayne County residents.
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Commission Chairman Woronchak appoints committee chairs

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 -
Chairman Gary Woronchak has announced committee appointments for the 2015-16 Wayne County Commission, which for the first time in 12 years will work alongside a new county administration and new CEO.
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Public Services officials outline county snowplowing policy

Monday, January 12, 2015 -
Anytime snow is in the forecast, the Wayne County Department of Public Services’ Roads Division is ready with about 160 snowplow/salt trucks to maintain more than 2,000 miles of roads.
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Woronchak re-elected chairman of Wayne County Commission

Friday, January 09, 2015 -
The Wayne County Commission re-elected Commissioner Gary Woronchak (D-Dearborn) as its chairman for the third consecutive two-year term. Commissioners Alisha Bell and Jewel Ware were re-elected as vice-chair and vice-chair pro tempore, respectively.
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Commission to hold 2015-16 organizational meeting, inauguration Jan. 8

Friday, January 02, 2015 -
The Wayne County Commission will hold the organizational meeting and inauguration for the 2015-16 term for its 15 commissioners at 10 a.m. Jan. 8 at the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Detroit.
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Commission names Airport Authority official to Great Lakes Water Authority

Friday, December 19, 2014 -
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 Thursday to approve the appointment of Joseph Nardone as the county’s representative to the Great Lakes Water Authority.
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Commission approves sale of closed Neudeck Building to developer

Thursday, December 18, 2014 -
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 Dec. 18 to approve the sale of the nine-story Neudeck Building in Detroit and its parking lot to Bagley Clifford LLC, which plans to renovate it for retail space and apartments.
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Legislative auditor general looks back fondly on his 10 years of service

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 -
Willie Mayo will be retiring Dec. 31 after serving for 10 years, the maximum allowed by Wayne County’s Home Rule Charter.
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Commission approves Marcella Cora as legislative auditor general

Thursday, December 04, 2014 -
Marcella Cora had served as deputy legislative auditor general since 2011. She succeeds Willie Mayo, who is retiring in January.
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Commissioner Killeen sponsors "A Family Affair Health Fair and More" Dec. 11

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 -
The free event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 11 at St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Park.
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Commission mourns loss of Rev. Dr. Ron D. Coleman Sr.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -
The Rev. Dr. Ron D. Coleman Sr., founder and senior minister of God Land Unity Church in Detroit and host of “Touching and Agreeing Radio” on WCHB-AM (1200), died Nov. 21. He was the husband of Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman.
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Commission honors county Homeland Security department

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 -
The Wayne County Commission presented a resolution to Samer Jaafar, Wayne County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management deputy director, in appreciation of the department’s response to back-to-back emergencies in Dearborn Heights.
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Wayne County Commission honors developer

Monday, November 24, 2014 -
Kathy Makino and Shelborne Development Co. restored the Chalmers Square residential-commercial development in the “Jeff-Chalmers” neighborhood on Detroit’s lower east side.
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Wayne County Commission votes to remove Mound Road option from jail plans

Thursday, October 16, 2014 -
The Wayne County Commission voted 12-3 to concentrate on completing construction at the Gratiot site or renovating the existing jails.
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Commission to vote on resolution ruling out Mound Road jail site

Thursday, October 09, 2014 -
Committee of the Whole moves jail resolution to full Commission
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Wayne County Auditor General's Office receives top marks in peer review

Monday, October 06, 2014 -
Wayne County’s audit policies and procedures are held in high esteem once again. That determination was made late last month when the Association of Local Government Auditors issued a “clean report.”
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Wayne County Commission votes to join Great Lakes Water Authority

Thursday, October 02, 2014 -
The historic vote is the triggering mechanism to create the Great Lakes Water Authority.
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Commission approves county budget for 2014-15 fiscal year

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 -
The Wayne County Commission voted unanimously to adopt the budget, which goes into effect Oct. 1.
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Wayne County Commission approves sale of Old Wayne County Building

Thursday, July 17, 2014 -
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Boat launch to become part of national battlefield

Monday, July 14, 2014 -
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Commission supports plan to save more than $2.4 million annually in jail budget

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 -
Commissioner Varga voices approval toward unanimous vote for Elmhurst plan.
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Commission approves resolution supporting TIGER grant

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 -
Commission unanimously supports Commissioner Basham's call for Allen Road underpass.
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Upcoming Meetings

Committee on Ways and Means
Tuesday, September 01, 2015, 10:00 AM Meeting Agenda
Full Wayne County Commission meeting
Thursday, September 03, 2015, 10:00 AM Meeting Agenda
Committee on Public Safety, Judiciary and Homeland Security
Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 1:00 PM Meeting Agenda
Committee on Health and Human Services
Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 2:30 PM Meeting Agenda
Committee on Ways and Means
Thursday, August 13, 2015, 11:00 AM Meeting Agenda
Gary Woronchak
Commission Chair

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