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Administration Accomplishments

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Delivered to Commission a fifth-straight projected budget surplus for FY 2019-20.
  • Achieved investment grade bond rating from all three Wall Street ratings agencies.
  • Released from Consent Agreement with State of Michigan in 2016, after just 14 months.
  • Restructured employee and retiree health care to eliminate over $1 billion in unfunded obligations.
  • Balanced Wayne County's budget in first year in office, eliminating a $52 million structural deficit and $82 million accumulated deficit.
  • Negotiated new, fiscally-responsible collective bargaining agreements with 12 of 13 County unions.

Operational Efficiencies

  • Consolidated multiple departments into the streamlined Dept. of Health, Human, and Veterans Services to improve access to health care for Wayne County residents.
  • Signed contract with Correct Care Solutions (CCS) in order to oversee and improve the quality of care provided in jail health services.

Economic Development

  • Launched Mill Run Placemaking Project with the sale of three long-vacant Ford Village Industry mills along the Middle Rouge River to developers who will transform properties into historical destinations with public uses and connections between Hines Park and the surrounding communities.
  • Sold the 650-acre site of the Pinnacle Race Course to developer for mixed-used, community-supported industrial redevelopment.
  • In partnership with community partners, negotiated sale of the abandoned McLouth Steel to Crown Enterprises for $4 million, included in the development agreement is a commitment by Crown to invest about $20 million to clean up the polluted site and put it into productive use. Named "Real Estate Deal of the Year" by Crain's Detroit Business.
  • Leveraged infrastructure investments in Livonia and Romulus to attract two new Amazon distribution facilities expected to create more than 2,000 new jobs.
  • Completed infrastructure improvements to Sheldon Road to help attract Fuyao-China's largest automotive glass manufacturer- to Plymouth, which will bring with it a $66 million investment and more than 500 jobs.
  • Sponsor and host for Manufacturing Day events to encourage interest in next generation manufacturing careers among Wayne County students. In 2019, more than 3,000 students eager to learn about advanced manufacturing career opportunities participated in the annual event.
  • Partnered with the Clark Park Coalition to install 58 historic luminary light poles in southwest Detroit's Clark Park in 2018.
  • Provided $106,000 grant to install 160 LED streetlights along the revitalized Avenue of Fashion and University Commons neighborhoods in Northwest Detroit in 2015.
  • Partnered with local charities to donate rehabbed homes to local families in need.

Infrastructure

  • Completed ten-year asset management plan to better plan for cost-effective repair and replacement of roads and bridges.
  • Invested $87 million toward more than 100 capital improvement projects for Wayne County's roads, bridges, and parks in 2019.
  • Repaired and reopened four Hines Park bridges, Lilley Bridge, and Waltz Bridge in 2019.
  • Invested $4,489,640 in 88 pieces of new, longer-lasting equipment for Wayne County Roads Division.
  • Completed work on the Jefferson Ave. Bascule Bridge and reopened it to traffic on August 12, 2016.
  • Initiated partnership with Canton Township to complete $5 million capital improvement project.
  • Accepted $207,500 from a $1,741,667 MDEQ Grant to the Alliance of Rouge Communities for storm water management activities throughout the Rouge River watershed.

Access to Health Care

  • Opened dental suite at Wayne Health Center in partnership with University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry.
  • Obtained Medical Examiner accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners. Wayne County is just one of 87 medical examiners nationally to be accredited.

Community Support

  • Assisted communities facing elevated lead levels in water by supplying 11,000 water filters to affected Wayne County residents 2019.
  • Established partnership with Neighborhood Defender Service to improve indigent defense services in Wayne County.
  • Worked collaboratively with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to identify an additional $1 million annually to fund testing and investigation of the rape kit backlog. The result is testing for 11,000 backlogged rape kits, 3,000 cases closed, and 197 convictions.
  • Partnered with First Ladies from faith institutions across Wayne County to raise funds to assist with testing and investigating the rape kit backlog.
  • Established partnership with Black Family Development to provide career training and job placement assistance for at-risk youth
  • Worked with Wayne County Council for the Arts, History, and Humanities to arrange the donation of the Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame and Gallery collection to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and hosted event honoring pioneering African-American athletes.

Homeland Security Emergency Management

  • Used a $4 million federal grant to purchase equipment and conduct training exercise to test effectiveness of communications across the U.S. and Canadian borders for first responders.
  • Trained more than 400 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers.
  • Passed a FEMA evaluated drill for Medical Services Response for Radiological Incidents (MS-1).

Parks & Recreation Division

  • Completed $800,000 renovation of the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center in 2019.
  • New River Rouge splash pad opened in 2019.
  • Continued upgrades to facilities at Hines Park, Nankin Mills, and Elizabeth Park.
  • Partnered with Motor City Mountain Biking Association to implement two trails in Hines Park.
  • Participated in the DIA's Inside Out program that brings high quality reproductions of masterpieces to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit.
  • Secured $2.4M grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation and Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources to complete Iron Belle Trail connections in Downriver communities.
  • Restored and Reopened the Rouge River Oxbow in Dearborn, restoring the river's natural flow and reintroduced wildlife to the area.

Honors/Awards

County Executive

  • 2019 Empowering Life Legacy Award
  • 2019 Detroit Thank You Corporate Citizen Award
  • 2019 Images and Perceptions Diversity Conference Diversity Recognition Award
  • 2019 Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities Excellence and Great Achievements Award
  • 2019 Senior Alliance Ed McNamara Award
  • 2018 Crain's Detroit Business Newsmaker of the Year
  • 2017 Forward Motion Award for Most Effective Public Servant, Transportation Riders United
  • 2017 Public Advocate of the Year, Sankofa Black Business Awards
  • 2017 Community Leadership Award, Arab American and Chaldean Council
  • 2017 Chairman's Pinnacle Award, Congressional Black Caucus Michigan Delegation
  • 2016 Leadership & Legacy Award, African American Leadership Awards
  • 2016 County Executive of the Year, National Organization of Black County Officials

Members of the Administration

  • 2019 Yemeni Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Award: Khalil Rahal
  • 2019 Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 Honoree: Tiffani Jackson
  • 2019 Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 Honoree: Whitney Lewis
  • 2019 Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 Honoree: Charli Rose
  • 2018 Crains' Detroit Business 40 under 40 Honoree: Khalil Rahal
  • 2018 American Arab Chamber of Commerce Professional of the Year: Assad Turfe
  • 2016 Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Award: Rev. Greg Roberts
  • 2015 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Award: Genelle Allen
  • 2015 Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Award: Dr. Shawny DeBerry