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Jewel Ware (Dist. 2)

Vice-Chair Pro Tempore Jewel Ware (D-Detroit) was first elected to the Wayne County Commission in 1994. In 2003, her Commission colleagues elected her as chairwoman. As chairwoman of the Commission through 2008, Ware's responsibilities included overseeing the county's $2.14 billion budget, approving contracts, and adopting resolutions and ordinances.

During her tenure as chairwoman, Ware made the Wayne County Commission a more effective and efficient legislative body, saving approximately $1 million annually. She established an office of policy research and analysis that provides greater in-depth legislative and fiscal review of county contracts and operations.

Ware is a major advocate for seniors, health care and children. She also tirelessly works on several fronts, including education, economic empowerment and improving the quality of life for Wayne County residents. Two major issues that she has focused on are improving access to health care for the underinsured and uninsured, and helping to guide the transition of former prisoners into becoming productive members of society. She has advocated for better parenting by hosting parenting workshops and annually holds the Mittens and Socks Winter Drive for Children. Since 1995, Ware has hosted an annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social & Legislative Briefing. At these events, she informs seniors of programs that impact their quality of life. Ware worked with the Riverfront East Alliance to stop permanent casinos from being built on the Detroit River shoreline, and supported family-friendly public parks and recreational areas on the east riverfront. She also worked with the Midtown Alliance to help keep the heart of the city cleaner.

Ware serves on numerous boards and commissions, including:

  • Genesis Lutheran Church
  • National Black Caucus on Aging Coalition of Labor Union
  • Mack Alive · Pittman Memorial Housing Development
  • Helping Our Prisoners Elevate (HOPE)
  • Michigan Universal Health Care Access Network
  • Warren-Conner Development Coalition
  • Elks, Nettie Carter Jackson Temple, #1179
  • NAACP
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Ware received her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Detroit, and is a certified social worker.

In very tough economic times, Ware has provided the leadership on the county's budget, insisting that mandated services like public safety and criminal justice remain top priorities. She has urged other county elected office holders to tighten expenditures and search for new sources of revenue.

As a champion for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled, Ware is working to reform the way services are delivered and managed by the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority.

In addition to her role as Vice-Chair Pro Tempore of the Commission, Jewel Ware serves as vice-chair of the Committee on Public Services and on the Committee on Economic Development. She is vice-chair of the Special Committee on the Criminal Justice Center and of the the Rosa Parks Memorial Task Force. She is also vice-chair of the Special Task Force on the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage and a member of the Special Committee on Rules.

You can click here to email Jewel Ware's office with any concerns or comments.

Representing: Detroit (part)

Staff: Johna Johnson
Email: jware@waynecounty.com

Fax: (313) 967-1242

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Wayne County Commission calls for ban on chokeholds, additional police training
Wayne County Commission calls for ban on chokeholds, additional police training
Monday, June 22, 2020
Wayne County Commissioners have adopted a resolution calling for a ban on the use of chokeholds by police officers and for officers to refrain from the use of deadly force.
Commissioner Jewel Ware's newsletter for June 2020
Commissioner Jewel Ware's newsletter for June 2020
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Newsletter for District 2
Wayne County expands small business aid program
Wayne County expands small business aid program
Friday, April 3, 2020
Businesses from all Wayne County communities are now eligible for the county's small business aid program, which provides quick, low interest loans for businesses affected by the COVID-19 lockdown.
Notice on how the public can participate in  virtual Wayne County Commission meetings
Notice on how the public can participate in virtual Wayne County Commission meetings
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
The Wayne County Commission will be meting via teleconferencing until further notice. You can join meetings by visiting https://zoom.us/j/8599664354 and dialing (312) 626-6799. The meeting ID no. is 859 966 4354. Email questions: plane@waynecounty.com
Wayne County Commission calls on residents to 'Go Red' for women's heart health
Wayne County Commission calls on residents to 'Go Red' for women's heart health
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Wayne County Commissioners on Feb. 6 unanimously adopted a resolution by introduced by Commission Vice-Chair Pro-Tem Jewel Ware (D-Detroit) in support of Women's Heart Disease Awareness Day.
Wayne County Commission calls for Older Americans Act reauthorization
Wayne County Commission calls for Older Americans Act reauthorization
Friday, September 20, 2019
Wayne County Commissioners on Sept. 19 unanimously called for reauthorization of the federal Older Americans Act, which will expire at the end of this month without Congressional action.
Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware honored during NOBCO forum
Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware honored during NOBCO forum
Friday, May 3, 2019
Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware was honored during the National Organization of Black County Officials 2019 Economic Development Forum held May 1-4 at the Marriott Renaissance Center.
Commission Vice-Chair Pro Tempore Jewel Ware's fall 2015 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Pro Tempore Jewel Ware's fall 2015 newsletter
Monday, October 5, 2015
Commission Vice-Chair Pro Tempore Jewel Ware represents the 2nd District, which covers part of Detroit, including downtown.