Share:

Gary Woronchak (Dist. 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.

-------------

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
Fax: (313) 967-6940

 

View District Map

Chairman Woronchak's report on voter turnout analysis related to putting tax proposals on primary vs. general election ballots.

News & Events

26
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's winter 2018 newsletter
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's winter 2018 newsletter
Friday, January 19, 2018
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak represents the 13th District, which covers Allen Park and Dearborn.
Significant progress made on County Commission Pension Plan Initiative
Significant progress made on County Commission Pension Plan Initiative
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Significant progress has been made in resolving details of a Wayne County Commission initiative that would add extra money to the county's underfunded pension system, Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak announced today.
Proposed County Commission Pension Plan Initiative unveiled
Proposed County Commission Pension Plan Initiative unveiled
Thursday, August 31, 2017
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.
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's spring 2017 newsletter
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's spring 2017 newsletter
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak represents the 13th District, which covers Allen Park and Dearborn.
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's fall 2016 newsletter
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's fall 2016 newsletter
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak represents the 13th District, which covers Allen Park and Dearborn.
Chairman Woronchak helps direct county funding for splash pad where pool once stood at Whitmore-Bolles
Chairman Woronchak helps direct county funding for splash pad where pool once stood at Whitmore-Bolles
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
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.
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's spring 2016 newsletter
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's spring 2016 newsletter
Friday, June 10, 2016
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak represents the 13th District, which covers Allen Park and Dearborn.
Dearborn resident Mona Hammoud appointed by Commission to Wayne County Ethics Board
Dearborn resident Mona Hammoud appointed by Commission to Wayne County Ethics Board
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Mona Hammoud of Dearborn has been appointed to the Wayne County Ethics Board by the Wayne County Commission.
Wayne County, The Resource Network team to open WIC clinic in Dearborn's South End
Wayne County, The Resource Network team to open WIC clinic in Dearborn's South End
Thursday, February 04, 2016
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.
Wayne County Commission creates Task Force on Environmental Quality
Wayne County Commission creates Task Force on Environmental Quality
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
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.
Statement by Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak at the Commission's meeting Thursday, December 3, 2015
Statement by Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak at the Commission's meeting Thursday, December 3, 2015
Thursday, December 03, 2015
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.
Commission earmarks millions from tax fund to improve Wayne County's financial position
Commission earmarks millions from tax fund to improve Wayne County's financial position
Thursday, December 03, 2015
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.
Wayne County Commission acts on retiree health plan in hopes of avoiding costly litigation
Wayne County Commission acts on retiree health plan in hopes of avoiding costly litigation
Thursday, November 19, 2015
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.
Beirut bombing victims remembered at Wayne County Commission meeting
Beirut bombing victims remembered at Wayne County Commission meeting
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak remembered local victims of last week's terrorist attacks in Lebanon during the Commission's meeting Nov. 19.
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's fall 2015 newsletter
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's fall 2015 newsletter
Friday, September 11, 2015
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak represents the 13th District, which covers Allen Park and Dearborn.
Chairman Woronchak addresses Commission about state's high-speed approach to county financial issues
Chairman Woronchak addresses Commission about state's high-speed approach to county financial issues
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
(Editor's note: Here are comments Chairman Gary Woronchak made to fellow commissioners July 1.)
Wayne County Commission adopts Woronchak's Ramadan resolution
Wayne County Commission adopts Woronchak's Ramadan resolution
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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.
Chairman Woronchak addresses Commission about preliminary state review of county finances
Chairman Woronchak addresses Commission about preliminary state review of county finances
Thursday, June 18, 2015
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.
Opinion: Judgment imposes levy without county taxpayers' consent
Opinion: Judgment imposes levy without county taxpayers' consent
Monday, June 15, 2015
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.
Commission approves creation of two authorities to support Dearborn business districts
Commission approves creation of two authorities to support Dearborn business districts
Thursday, May 07, 2015
The Wayne County Commission on May 7 approved tax increment financing districts for the Warren Avenue and Dix-Vernor business communities.
Chairman Gary Woronchak publishes his fall 2014 newsletter
Chairman Gary Woronchak publishes his fall 2014 newsletter
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Chairman Gary Woronchak publishes his fall 2014 newsletter
Commission Chairman Woronchak releases 2013-14 office expense report
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.
Falling property values main reason for county's budget problems
Falling property values main reason for county's budget problems
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Wayne County's property tax revenues down 30 percent, over $100 million a year from 2008 levels
March 2013 District 13 Transparency Report
March 2013 District 13 Transparency Report
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's Budget Transparency Report for FY 2012/13.
July 2013 District 13 budget transparency
July 2013 District 13 budget transparency
Monday, March 25, 2013
Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak's Budget Transparency Report for FY 2012/13.
District 13 - 2011-12 Budget Transparency Report
District 13 - 2011-12 Budget Transparency Report
Thursday, January 10, 2013
August 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012