Gary Woronchak – District 13

"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.

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Gary Woronchak was elected to the Wayne County Commission in 2004 after serving for six years in the Michigan House of Representatives.


Prior to his service in the state House, Commissioner Woronchak was a community journalist for 25 years. He spent most of his career at the Dearborn Press & Guide, where he worked for 23 years, 16 as editor, and also was managing editor of The Daily Tribune in Royal Oak.

Commissioner Woronchak was raised in Dearborn, educated in Dearborn, has raised his own family in Dearborn and has spent most of his career working in Dearborn.

His education was entirely Dearborn-based. He attended Whitmore-Bolles Elementary and Edison Junior High, graduated in 1973 from Edsel Ford High School, attended Henry Ford Community College and then graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1978.

Before being elected by his colleagues to be chairman of the Wayne County Commission for the 2011-12, 2013-14, 2015-16 and 2017-18 terms, Commissioner Woronchak chaired the Committee on Audit, which provides financial and operational oversight through the review of reports of the Legislative Auditor General and outside auditors, and monitors compliance with findings. He also served on Committee on Government Operations, and was vice chair of the Committee on Economic Development.

During his six years in the state House of Representatives, Commissioner Woronchak had 22 bills signed into law. He passed legislation to double the special income tax exemption for senior citizens from $900 to $1,800, established a state tax credit for adoption expenses and helped create the Michigan Education Savings Program to help families save for college.

He also was instrumental in lowering the state income tax rate from 4.4 percent to 3.9 percent, and helped to increase unemployment benefits for those who lose their jobs.

Commissioner Woronchak is married to Vivian, and they have a daughter and two grandchildren.

Commissioner Woronchak, a Democrat, is a member of the League of Women Voters Dearborn/Dearborn Heights.

Representing: Dearborn & Allen Park.
Staff: Marianne Rea - (313) 224-0934
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News & Events

Proposed County Commission Pension Plan Initiative unveiled

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Wayne County Commission
A plan to more rapidly reduce the county retirement system’s unfunded liability was introduced by Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak and Commission Fiscal Director Mark Abbo.
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Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's spring 2017 newsletter

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Commission
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak represents the 13th District, which covers Allen Park and Dearborn.
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Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's fall 2016 newsletter

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Commission
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak represents the 13th District, which covers Allen Park and Dearborn.
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Chairman Woronchak helps direct county funding for splash pad where pool once stood at Whitmore-Bolles

Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - Commission
It has been six years since the outdoor pool closed on the grounds of Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School, after it was enjoyed by residents of that southwest Dearborn neighborhood for more than 50 years.
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Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's spring 2016 newsletter

Friday, June 10, 2016 - Commission
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak represents the 13th District, which covers Allen Park and Dearborn.
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Dearborn resident Mona Hammoud appointed by Commission to Wayne County Ethics Board

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - Commission
Mona Hammoud of Dearborn has been appointed to the Wayne County Ethics Board by the Wayne County Commission.
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Wayne County, The Resource Network team to open WIC clinic in Dearborn’s South End

Thursday, February 04, 2016 - Commission
Mothers and their young children in Dearborn’s South End will receive nutritional support through a new WIC (Women’s, Infants and Children’s) program site, according to Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak.
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Wayne County Commission creates Task Force on Environmental Quality

Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - Commission
In response to growing environmental concerns both locally and across the state, a Task Force on Environmental Quality has been created by Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak.
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Commission earmarks millions from tax fund to improve Wayne County’s financial position

Thursday, December 03, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission took steps today to improve the funding level of the county’s pension system, which was one of the key trouble areas cited in a state fiscal review that resulted in a financial emergency being declared.
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Statement by Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak at the Commission’s meeting Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thursday, December 03, 2015 - Commission
We have all read and heard some nasty things about the Wayne County Commission over the past couple weeks. Most of it is greatly exaggerated, distorted or entirely untrue.
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Beirut bombing victims remembered at Wayne County Commission meeting

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - Commission
Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak remembered local victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in Lebanon during the Commission’s meeting Nov. 19.
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Wayne County Commission acts on retiree health plan in hopes of avoiding costly litigation

Thursday, November 19, 2015 - Commission
The Wayne County Commission has taken steps to avoid costly lawsuits over a post-employment health care benefit that the administration has attempted to revoke.
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Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's fall 2015 newsletter

Friday, September 11, 2015 - Commission
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak represents the 13th District, which covers Allen Park and Dearborn.
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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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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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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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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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Chairman Gary Woronchak publishes his fall 2014 newsletter

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 -
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Commission Chairman Woronchak releases 2013-14 office expense report

Friday, August 22, 2014 -
Fiscal year 2013-14 expense report for Wayne County Commission District 13.
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Falling property values main reason for county’s budget problems

Thursday, August 15, 2013 - Commission District 13
Wayne County’s property tax revenues down 30 percent, over $100 million a year from 2008 levels
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District 13 budget transparency

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - Commission District 13
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's Budget Transparency Report for FY 2012/13.
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District 13 budget transparency

Monday, March 25, 2013 - Commission District 13
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's Budget Transparency Report for FY 2012/13.
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District 13 - 2011-12 Budget Transparency Report

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - Commission District 13
August 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012
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Gary Woronchak
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