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Alisha Bell (Dist. 7)



Biography of Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell

Alisha Bell is Chair of the Wayne County Commission. She was first elected to the Commission in November 2002, as the youngest African-American woman to serve on a county commission in the country, and is serving her ninth two-year term. She also served for nine months in 2000, succeeding her mother, who had served since 1991. In 2016, she was elected president of the National Association of Black County Officials (NABCO).

As an active member of the community, Chair Bell has served as chair of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, the Wayne County Zoological Authority and Wayne County HealthChoice, is a member of The Salvation Army Southeastern Advisory Board, Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, Detroit Recovery Project, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and a past member of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority.

She volunteered with Junior Achievement and was founder and charter president of a young adult chapter of the Optimist Club International. She is also a former precinct delegate.

On a national level, Chair Bell is very active with the National Association of Counties (NACo) where she has been on the board. She is Immediate Past President of the National Association of Black County Officials, Past President of Women of NACo and Secretary of NextGen NACo.

Chair Bell initiated a resolution denouncing the practice of racial profiling in Wayne County.

She also introduced several school officials to the Wayne County Reality Tour Program, which helps deter youth from criminal behavior. She has secured more than $1 million for parks in her district and introduced an ordinance enabling the Wayne County Health, Human & Veterans Services to establish a youth lead testing and screening program.

Chair Bell grew up in the Wayne County Commission's 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side. She is a graduate of Cass Technical High School and received her bachelor's degree in business administration from Florida A&M University, graduating cum laude.

She also earned a master's degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

She and her husband, Kranston Young, have a son, Kranston II, and a daughter, Morgan. She is the daughter of James and Edna Bell and has a younger sister, Sonja Johnson.

Representing: Detroit (part)
Staff: Michelle Joyner (313) 224-0936, Beverly King (313) 224-0937
Fax: (313) 967-1233

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Wayne County Commission chair Alisha Bell on the passing of Elijah Cummings
Wayne County Commission chair Alisha Bell on the passing of Elijah Cummings
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell today issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Elijah Cummings:
Opinion: Wayne County's diversity poses Census challenges, opportunities
Opinion: Wayne County's diversity poses Census challenges, opportunities
Thursday, October 17, 2019
As the 2020 U.S. Census approaches, one point remains clear: Everyone must be counted. That is especially true in Wayne County.
Wayne County citizen guide books now available in Arabic, Spanish
Wayne County citizen guide books now available in Arabic, Spanish
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
The 2019-20 edition of A Citizen's Guide to Wayne County Government, a handbook detailing county departments and services, is available in Arabic and Spanish.
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's fall newsletter
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's fall newsletter
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Fall newsletter for District 7
Wayne County Commission adopts $1.63 billion operating budget for 2019-20 fiscal year
Wayne County Commission adopts $1.63 billion operating budget for 2019-20 fiscal year
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Wayne County Commissioners on Thursday adopted a $1.63 billion county operating budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year. The new budget represents a decrease from the current year's $1.66 billion amended budget, which expires Sept. 30.
Wayne County Commissioners remember mass shooting victims, condemn violence and hate speech
Wayne County Commissioners remember mass shooting victims, condemn violence and hate speech
Thursday, August 08, 2019
Wayne County Commissioners on Aug. 8 paused for a moment of silence to remember victims of the mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, Texas and Gilroy, California.
Wayne County commissioners oppose efforts to increase truck weights on county roadways
Wayne County commissioners oppose efforts to increase truck weights on county roadways
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Wayne County commissioners have unanimously supported a resolution opposing any legislation that would increase the weight and length of tractor-trailer trucks that travel on county roads.
Commission Chair Alisha Bell chosen for National Association of Counties leadership position
Commission Chair Alisha Bell chosen for National Association of Counties leadership position
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Chair Alisha Bell's trip to the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2019 Annual Conference & Exposition, held July 10-15 in Clark County, Nevada, resulted in her being appointed vice chair of the organization's Justice and Public Safety Committee.
Wayne County Commissioners wear white to honor 100th anniversary of women's vote
Wayne County Commissioners wear white to honor 100th anniversary of women's vote
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The women of the Wayne County Commission were dressed in white for the Thursday, June 20, commission meeting to honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell welcomed guests to national economic forum
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell welcomed guests to national economic forum
Monday, May 06, 2019
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell welcomed presidential candidates Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Wayne Messam, and Andrew Yang to the NOBCO 2019 Economic Development Forum held May 1-4 in Detroit.
Opinion: Jail bonds hurt more than just the poor
Opinion: Jail bonds hurt more than just the poor
Friday, April 26, 2019
The time is now for the state of Michigan to reform its jail bond system. When it comes to criminal justice, our society has too long been focused on incarceration rather than rehabilitation.
Wayne County Commission approves measure calling for jail bond reform
Wayne County Commission approves measure calling for jail bond reform
Friday, April 26, 2019
A resolution by Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell supporting revisions in Michigan's bail bond system was unanimously approved today by the full Commission.
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2019 newsletter
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2019 newsletter
Friday, March 22, 2019
Newsletter for Wayne County Commission District 7
Wayne County Commission adopts transparency measure
Wayne County Commission adopts transparency measure
Friday, March 08, 2019
The Wayne County Commission today approved a transparency measure that will become part of its Rules of Procedure. The rules, which govern how the commission operates, were approved by the commission today at its full board meeting.
Wayne County Commission elects Alisha Bell as chair.
Wayne County Commission elects Alisha Bell as chair.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
The Wayne County Commission elected Alisha Bell on Jan. 8, 2019, as the ninth chair under the current Wayne County Charter.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2018 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2018 newsletter
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2017 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2017 newsletter
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2017 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2017 newsletter
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell elected president of NABCO
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell elected president of NABCO
Monday, August 08, 2016
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's trip to the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition held July 22-25 in Long Beach, Calif., was an historic one, netting her several prominent leadership posi ...
Commission recognizes teen's artistic accomplishments
Commission recognizes teen's artistic accomplishments
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Joelle Joyner of Detroit was honored July 7 by the Wayne County Commission for a drawing that will be displayed at the U.S. Capitol.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2016 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2016 newsletter
Friday, July 01, 2016
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2016 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's spring 2016 newsletter
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Young ladies receive free prom dresses, accessories at ninth annual 'Belle of the Ball' April 9
Young ladies receive free prom dresses, accessories at ninth annual 'Belle of the Ball' April 9
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Prom night for over a hundred young ladies got a little more special April 9 at the ninth annual 'Belle of the Ball' event sponsored by Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell, D-Detroit.
Ninth annual 'Belle of the Ball' event allows girls to select free prom dresses, accessories
Ninth annual 'Belle of the Ball' event allows girls to select free prom dresses, accessories
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Attending their high school prom is a dream of many girls, but for some it's simply too expensive. That's the motivation behind 'Belle of the Ball,' the ninth annual prom dress event sponsored by Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell ...
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell selected to attend national conference in Washington
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell selected to attend national conference in Washington
Monday, December 07, 2015
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell, D-Detroit, was chosen as one of 25 elected officials of color to participate in the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies' 2015 Roundtable, which was Dec. 6-8 in Washington, D.C.
Commission votes unanimously to support initiative to reduce number of mentally ill inmates in jails
Commission votes unanimously to support initiative to reduce number of mentally ill inmates in jails
Thursday, October 15, 2015
The Wayne County Commission voted unanimously Oct. 15 to support a resolution introduced by Vice-Chair Alisha Bell to support the Stepping Up Initiative, which aims to reduce the number of people diagnosed with mental illnesses from being lod ...
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2015 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's fall 2015 newsletter
Friday, October 02, 2015
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2015 newsletter
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's summer 2015 newsletter
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell represents the 7th District, which covers part of Detroit's far west side.
Commission Vice-Chair Bell chosen to National Association of Counties leadership positions
Commission Vice-Chair Bell chosen to National Association of Counties leadership positions
Friday, July 17, 2015
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell's trip to the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition, held July 10-13 in Charlotte, N.C., netted her several leadership positions.
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell a select attendee at NACo leadership meeting
Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell a select attendee at NACo leadership meeting
Friday, June 12, 2015
Wayne County Commission Vice-Chair Alisha Bell, D-Detroit, recently accompanied a select group of county government leaders to Washington, D.C., and the 12th annual County Leadership Institute, a rigorous six-day program.
6th Annual Prom Dress Donation Program
6th Annual Prom Dress Donation Program
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Commissioner Alisha Bell will be holding her annual prom dress giveaway Saturday, April 27, at the Boys and Girls Club on the city's west side.