Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans: Adminstration Accomplishments

Fiscal Responsibility
  • Achieved $5.7 budget surplus for fiscal year 2015, first surplus in eight years.
  • Balanced Wayne County’s budget in first year in office, eliminating a $52 million structural deficit and $82 million accumulated deficit.
  • Restructured employee and retiree health care to eliminate $829 million in unfunded obligations.
  • Negotiated new, fiscally-responsible collective bargaining agreements with 12 of 13 County unions.
  • Successfully implemented financial consent agreement and now seeking closure on consent agreement process.
  • Released from Consent Agreement with State of Michigan after just 14 months. 

Operational Efficiencies 

  • Consolidated multiple departments into the streamlined Dept. of Health, Veterans, and Community Wellness to improve access to health care for Wayne County residents.
  • Launching new eProcurement system to create more cost-effective, transparent contracting.
  • Partnered with The Senior Alliance to save the Meals on Wheels program.
  • Signed contract with Correct Care Solutions (CCS) in order to oversee and improve the quality of care provided in jail health services. 


  • Investing $30 million in 2016 toward 16 capital improvement projects on Wayne County’s roads and bridges benefitting 21 communities.
  • 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.
  • In 2015, made 42.4 lane miles of capital improvements across 15 different Wayne County communities.
  • 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 new federally qualified Wayne Health Center in partnership with Beaumont Health and University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry.
  • Began Wellness@theCommunity pilot program to bring health care to underserved County residents.
  • 15% increase in clients accessing Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) services.
  • Implemented “No Wrong Door” policy for health and wellness services to ensure residents receive complete care.

Community Support

  • 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
  • Initiated Wayne County’s participation in the Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program to provide job opportunities to promising young people with $700,000 investment
  • Worked collaboratively with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to identify an additional $1 million to fund testing and investigation of the rape kit backlog.

Economic Development

  • Provided $106,000 grant to install 160 LED streetlights along the revitalized Avenue of Fashion and University Commons neighborhoods in Northwest Detroit.
  • Partnered with local charities to donate rehabbed homes to local families in need.

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)
  • Passed  FEMA federal safety drill. 

Recreation Department

  • The Parks Division organized 515 activities and programs in 2015.
  • Upgraded 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.
  • Completed design work for projects that will be implemented at several Parks facilities in 2016.
  • Contracted for Elizabeth Park Shoreline Restoration and Greenway Project.
  • Contracted for Parks long term planning process to steer park development over the next ten years.
  • Contracted to provide Parks funding to numerous municipalities throughout the County for improvements to local parks.


County Executive Awards

  • 2016 National Organization of Black County Officials County Executive of the Year
  • 2016 African American Leadership Awards Leadership & Legacy Award

Members of the Administration Awards

  • 2015 Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Award Rudy Hobbs
  • 2015 Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Award Lloyd Jackson
  • 2015 Michgian Chronicle Women of Excellence Award Genelle Allen
  • 2015 Michgian Chronicle Women of Excellence Award Dr. Shawny DeBerry
  • 2016 Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Award Rev. Greg Roberts
  • 2015 Crain’s 40 under 40 Tony Saunders
  • 2015 Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 Randal Brown
  • 2016 Crains 20 in their 20s Aghogho Edevbie
Warren C. Evans
Wayne County Executive
(313) 224-0286

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