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Wayne County Commissioner Terry Marecki, R-Livonia, will be part of the Commission's newly created Special Committee on Accountability & Transparency.

A similar special committee, focusing on efficiency and accountability, met during the 2013-14 Commission term and made numerous recommendations after meeting with officials from departments throughout Wayne County government.

"It's important that we keep this effort going, especially since Wayne County has had a consent agreement with the state of Michigan since last year," said Marecki, whose 9th District covers Northville, Northville Township and most of Livonia. "It isn't just that the state is watching what Wayne County is doing very closely - we simply must find better ways of doing things, and we must be transparent about it. The status quo was in place for far too long, and now the county and its employees are paying the price."

Marecki is one of five commissioners who hail from throughout the county on the special committee. It is chaired by Commissioner Glenn S. Anderson, D-Westland, and they'll be joined by Commissioners Tim Killeen, D-Detroit; Ilona Varga, D-Lincoln Park; and Diane Webb, D-Livonia.

The first meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 3, in the seventh-floor hearing room at the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, downtown Detroit. The meeting schedule and agendas will be posted at www.waynecounty.com/commission/715.htm. Meetings will be open to the public.