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Irma Clark-Coleman (Dist. 5)

Irma Clark-Coleman, D-Detroit, is in her fourth term on the Wayne County Commission after first being elected in 2010. She chairs the Committee on Economic Development and also serves on the committees on Audit and Public Safety, Judiciary and Homeland Security. She also serves on the Special Committee on Senior Citizens & Veterans Affairs, which she formerly chaired. In addition, she is the Commission's representative on the Wayne County Airport Authority Board of Directors.

Commissioner Clark-Coleman was elected to the Commission after serving for eight years in the Michigan Senate's 3rd District. Prior to her service in the Senate, she served for two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives for District 11.

While in the state House, she sponsored legislation seeking to improve overall educational standards and opportunities for students. In the Senate, she sponsored legislation to strengthen high school graduation standards and ease requirements for grandparents and kin who adopt or become foster parents to grandchildren and kin of whom they have custody. She also served on the prestigious Appropriations Committee for her last four years.

Commissioner Clark-Coleman moved to Detroit from her small rural birthplace in Georgia. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wayne State University.

In 1967, Commissioner Clark-Coleman began working for the Wayne County Road Commission. For seven of her 31 years of employment with the county, she simultaneously served on the Detroit Board of Education.

In 2004, Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Commissioner Clark-Coleman to the National Education Commission of the States, as well as the Cherry Commission on Higher Education. She is also a former member of the National School Board Association Board of Directors, Michigan Association of School Boards Board of Directors and National Alliance of Black School Educators.

A snapshot of Commissioner Clark-Coleman’s civic and political affiliations include: life member NAACP, God Land Unity Church, Trade Union Leadership Council, 13th Congressional District precinct delegate, United Way, Detroit Goodfellows Drive co-chair and Alpha Rho Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Commissioner Clark-Coleman has been recognized for her influence in the business community by receiving such honors as: the Michigan Girls Scouts "Tomorrow Power" award; Mana de Michigan’s Adelita (sister award); the American Business Women Association award; the Women of Wayne State University Alumni Association "1997 Headliner" award; the Women Informal Network "1997 List of 150 Most Influential Black Women in Metro Detroit" award and the "2005 Legislator of the Year" award by the Michigan School Social Workers Association.

Representing: Detroit (part)
Staff: Loretta France
Fax: (313) 967-1244

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Commissioner Clark-Coleman distributes turkey dinners to families in need
Commissioner Clark-Coleman distributes turkey dinners to families in need
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman provided holiday meals for more than 300 families
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's 2017 fall newsletter
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's 2017 fall newsletter
Friday, September 22, 2017
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman represents the 5th District, which covers part of north-central Detroit.
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's 2016 fall newsletter
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's 2016 fall newsletter
Monday, October 03, 2016
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman represents the 5th District, which covers part of north-central Detroit.
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's spring 2016 newsletter
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's spring 2016 newsletter
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman represents the 5th District, which covers part of north-central Detroit.
Clark-Coleman appointed as chairwoman of Commission's Committee on Economic Development
Clark-Coleman appointed as chairwoman of Commission's Committee on Economic Development
Monday, January 25, 2016
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman, D-Detroit, has been appointed as chairwoman of the Commission's Committee on Economic Development for the remainder of the 2015-16 term, which ends Dec. 31.
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's fall 2015 newsletter
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's fall 2015 newsletter
Friday, October 02, 2015
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman represents the 5th District, which covers part of north-central Detroit.
Commission names Clark-Coleman to Airport Authority board
Commission names Clark-Coleman to Airport Authority board
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 on Feb. 6 to appoint Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman (D-Detroit) to the Wayne County Airport Authority board of directors.
Spring 2015 Newsletter
Spring 2015 Newsletter
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Serving the residents of District 5.
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Serving the people of the 5th District. Tight finances require tough decisions