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Irma Clark-Coleman (Dist. 5)

Irma Clark-Coleman, D-Detroit, is in her fifth term on the Wayne County Commission after first being elected in 2010. She chairs the Committee on Public Safety, Judiciary and Homeland Security and also serves on the committees on Audit and Government Operations. She also serves on the Special Committee on the Criminal Justice Complex and the Rosa Parks Memorial Task Force.

Commissioner Clark-Coleman was elected to the Commission after serving for eight years in the Michigan Senate's 3rd District. Prior to her service in the Senate, she served for two terms in the Michigan House of Representatives for District 11.

While in the state House, she sponsored legislation seeking to improve overall educational standards and opportunities for students. In the Senate, she sponsored legislation to strengthen high school graduation standards and ease requirements for grandparents and kin who adopt or become foster parents to grandchildren and kin of whom they have custody. She also served on the prestigious Appropriations Committee for her last four years.

Commissioner Clark-Coleman moved to Detroit from her small rural birthplace in Georgia. She was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Wayne State University.

In 1967, Commissioner Clark-Coleman began working for the Wayne County Road Commission. For seven of her 31 years of employment with the county, she simultaneously served on the Detroit Board of Education.

In 2004, Gov. Jennifer Granholm appointed Commissioner Clark-Coleman to the National Education Commission of the States, as well as the Cherry Commission on Higher Education. She is also a former member of the National School Board Association Board of Directors, Michigan Association of School Boards Board of Directors and National Alliance of Black School Educators.

A snapshot of Commissioner Clark-Coleman's civic and political affiliations include: life member NAACP, God Land Unity Church, Trade Union Leadership Council, 13th Congressional District precinct delegate, United Way, Detroit Goodfellows Drive co-chair and Alpha Rho Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Commissioner Clark-Coleman has been recognized for her influence in the business community by receiving such honors as: the Michigan Girl Scouts "Tomorrow Power" award; Mana de Michigan's Adelita (sister award); the American Business Women Association award; the Women of Wayne State University Alumni Association "1997 Headliner" award; the Women Informal Network "1997 List of 150 Most Influential Black Women in Metro Detroit" award and the "2005 Legislator of the Year" award by the Michigan School Social Workers Association.

Representing: Detroit (part)

Staff: Shannon Guyton
Fax: (313) 967-1244

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Commissioner Clark-Coleman providing Thanksgiving dinners to those in need
Commissioner Clark-Coleman providing Thanksgiving dinners to those in need
Friday, November 20, 2020
Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman (D-Detroit) next week will continue her annual program of donating turkey dinners to those in need, an event she says is more necessary than ever.
Applications available for new Wayne County Youth Council
Applications available for new Wayne County Youth Council
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Group seeks to bring together high school students of diverse backgrounds to help develop programs for young people.
Wayne County Commission adopts balanced $1.66B county operating budget
Wayne County Commission adopts balanced $1.66B county operating budget
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Wayne County Commissioners today (Sept. 30) unanimously adopted a balanced $1.66 billion county operating budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year - the first county budget impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications available for new youth advisory council
Applications available for new youth advisory council
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Students, enrolled in Wayne County's high schools from the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, are encouraged to apply to participate in the Wayne County Commission Youth Council leadership program. Details on the program, and on how to join, are attached.
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's newsletter for summer 2020
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's newsletter for summer 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Newsletter for District 5
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's newsletter for May 2020
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's newsletter for May 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Newsletter for District 5
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's newsletter for April 2020
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's newsletter for April 2020
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
District 5 newsletter for April 2020
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
Commissioners Irma Clark-Coleman, Monique Baker McCormick receive appointments
Commissioners Irma Clark-Coleman, Monique Baker McCormick receive appointments
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman has been appointed to the Wayne County Land Bank Corporation Board of Directors and Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick has been appointed to the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority.
Wayne County Commissioner Clark-Coleman distributes turkey dinners to Detroit families
Wayne County Commissioner Clark-Coleman distributes turkey dinners to Detroit families
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Hundreds of Detroit families received a complete Thanksgiving Dinner courtesy of Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman, Living Waters Church and participating businesses.
Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's fall newsletter
Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's fall newsletter
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Fall newsletter for District 5
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's spring 2019 newsletter
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's spring 2019 newsletter
Friday, March 22, 2019
Spring newsletter for Wayne County Commission District 5
Commissioners Clark-Coleman, Killeen gain appointments
Commissioners Clark-Coleman, Killeen gain appointments
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman was appointed to the Wayne County Community Corrections Advisory Board and Commissioner Tim Killeen was reappointed to the Wayne County Art Institute Authority Board in action by the county commission.
Commissioner Clark-Coleman distributes turkey dinners to families in need
Commissioner Clark-Coleman distributes turkey dinners to families in need
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Wayne County Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman provided holiday meals for more than 300 families
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's 2017 fall newsletter
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's 2017 fall newsletter
Friday, September 22, 2017
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman represents the 5th District, which covers part of north-central Detroit.
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's 2016 fall newsletter
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's 2016 fall newsletter
Monday, October 3, 2016
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman represents the 5th District, which covers part of north-central Detroit.
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's spring 2016 newsletter
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's spring 2016 newsletter
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman represents the 5th District, which covers part of north-central Detroit.
Clark-Coleman appointed as chairwoman of Commission's Committee on Economic Development
Clark-Coleman appointed as chairwoman of Commission's Committee on Economic Development
Monday, January 25, 2016
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman, D-Detroit, has been appointed as chairwoman of the Commission's Committee on Economic Development for the remainder of the 2015-16 term, which ends Dec. 31.
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's fall 2015 newsletter
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman's fall 2015 newsletter
Friday, October 2, 2015
Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman represents the 5th District, which covers part of north-central Detroit.
Commission names Clark-Coleman to Airport Authority board
Commission names Clark-Coleman to Airport Authority board
Thursday, April 30, 2015
The Wayne County Commission voted 14-0 on Feb. 6 to appoint Commissioner Irma Clark-Coleman (D-Detroit) to the Wayne County Airport Authority board of directors.
Spring 2015 Newsletter
Spring 2015 Newsletter
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Serving the residents of District 5.
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Spring 2013 Newsletter
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Serving the people of the 5th District. Tight finances require tough decisions