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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.

As an active member of the community, Commissioner Bell has served as chair of the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence and the Detroit Recovery Project. She currently serves as the Chair of Wayne County Zoological Authority and Wayne County HealthChoice. She is a member of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, 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 the Metro Detroit Optimist Club, a young adult chapter of the Optimist Club International. She is also a former precinct delegate.

On a national level, Commissioner Bell is very active with the National Association of Counties (NACo) where she was a presidential appointee for three consecutive NACo Presidents. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Justice and Public Safety Committee, immediate Past President of the National Association of Black County Officials, Past President of Women of NACo and founding member and former Executive Board member of NextGen NACo.

Commissioner 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 Public Health Department to establish a youth lead testing and screening program.

In recent years, Chair Bell has been extremely involved in criminal justice reform. She initiated the Stepping Up resolution which diverts people with mental illness and substance abuse from jails and into treatment. In 2019 she introduced a Cash Bail Bond reform resolution which addresses the inequity of poor persons who go to jail because they can't afford bail.

Commissioner 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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COVID-19 town hall

Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell on Friday, April 17 conducted a virtual town hall meeting on methods to maintain mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event featured President and CEO Willie Brooks of the Detroit Wayne County Integrated Health Network and Dr. Margaret Hudson-Colins and Dana Lasenby, the agency's clinical director and chief clinical officer. To view the event, click here.

Chair Bell discusses county finances

Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell provided in in depth look at the impact of COVID-19 on county finances during a recent appearance with Detroit media personality Steve Hood. To listen to Chair Bell's comments, click here.

Town hall with Wayne Metro

Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell on Wdnesday, July 22 conducted a virtual town hall meeting withWayne Metro CEO Louis Piszker on ways families and individuals can obtain financial help durng the COVID-19 pandemic as well as projections for the second round of federeal funding. To view the event, click here.

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Wayne County zoo millage revenue expected to drop due to COVID-19 pandemic
Wayne County zoo millage revenue expected to drop due to COVID-19 pandemic
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Revenue from Wayne County's portion of the tri-county zoo millage is expected to drop by roughly $530,000 for the coming year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's newsletter for September 2020
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's newsletter for September 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Newsletter for District 7
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell issues statement on deputy's slaying
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell issues statement on deputy's slaying
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Commission Chair Alisha Bell calls the death of jail Deputy Bryant Searcy a tragic reminder of the challenges law enforcement officers face and the sacrifices they make to keep the public safe.
New Wayne County Commission Youth Council seeks student applicants
New Wayne County Commission Youth Council seeks student applicants
Friday, August 28, 2020
Applications are being accepted through Oct. 1 for the new Wayne County Commission Youth Council, designed to bring youth of all backgrounds together and open to students from all county high schools. For more, contact bakermccorickstaff@waynecounty.com.
Wayne County Commissioners oppose efforts to move up census deadline
Wayne County Commissioners oppose efforts to move up census deadline
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Led by Chair Alisha Bell, the Wayne County Commission on Aug. 20 adopted a resolution strongly opposing the effort that moved the response date for the 2020 U.S. Census from Oct. 31 to Sept. 30.
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's e-newsletter for Aug. 6, 2020
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's e-newsletter for Aug. 6, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020
E-newsletter for District 7
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's e-newsletter for July 21, 2020
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's e-newsletter for July 21, 2020
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
E-newsletter for District 7
Statement from Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell on the passing of Congressman John Lewis
Statement from Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell on the passing of Congressman John Lewis
Saturday, July 18, 2020
'Our nation has lost a civil rights champion. John Lewis was an apostle of nonviolence who often was found leading the bloody campaign to end Jim Crow laws.' Click below for full statement.
Commission Chair Alisha Bell calls on Michigan to 'Mask Up'
Commission Chair Alisha Bell calls on Michigan to 'Mask Up'
Friday, July 17, 2020
Face masks are now required in all indoor spaces and crowded outdoor spaces in Michigan per order of Gov. Whitmer.
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's e-newsletter for July 2020
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's e-newsletter for July 2020
Monday, July 6, 2020
E-newsletter for District 7
Commission Chair Alisha Bell's newsletter for summer 2020
Commission Chair Alisha Bell's newsletter for summer 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
District 7 newsletter
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's newsletter for June 2020
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell's newsletter for June 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
newsletter for District 7
Wayne County Commission calls for national action, dialogue on police brutality
Wayne County Commission calls for national action, dialogue on police brutality
Friday, June 5, 2020
Prompted by the death of George Floyd, the Wayne County Commission on June 4 adopted a resolution condemning police brutality and calling on national elected officials to draft a bipartisan response to the issue as well as its root causes.
Commission Chair Alisha Bell's e-newsletter for May 2020
Commission Chair Alisha Bell's e-newsletter for May 2020
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Newsletter for District 7
Wayne County Commission seeks to boost nursing home inspections
Wayne County Commission seeks to boost nursing home inspections
Friday, May 1, 2020
With Wayne County nursing home residents making up a significant number of Michigan's COVID-19 patients and fatalities, the Wayne County Commission has called on the state to increase inspections of nursing homes and nursing care facilities.
Wayne County Commission calls for equality in COVID-19 testing, treatment, prevention
Wayne County Commission calls for equality in COVID-19 testing, treatment, prevention
Friday, May 1, 2020
Noting the extreme impact of COVID-19 on African Americans, the Wayne County Commission today unanimously called for a comprehensive effort to ensure all Americans have equal access to COVID-19 testing, treatment and prevention.
Commission Chair Bell's newsletter for April 27
Commission Chair Bell's newsletter for April 27
Monday, April 27, 2020
Newsletter for District 7
Commission Chair Bell to hold video town hall
Commission Chair Bell to hold video town hall
Friday, April 17, 2020
Focus is on staying mentally strong in wake of COVID-19
Commission Chair Alisha Bell's newsletter for April 2020
Commission Chair Alisha Bell's newsletter for April 2020
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
District 7 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
Wayne County Commissioners approve selling two historic Ford mills, acquiring new park land
Wayne County Commissioners approve selling two historic Ford mills, acquiring new park land
Friday, December 6, 2019
Wayne County Commissioners voted Dec. 5 to sell two historic Ford Village Industry mills in Hines Park to artist Tony Roko and developer Richard D. Cox.
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 9, 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 Commissioners remember mass shooting victims, condemn violence and hate speech
Wayne County Commissioners remember mass shooting victims, condemn violence and hate speech
Thursday, August 8, 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.
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 Commission Chair Alisha Bell welcomed guests to national economic forum
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell welcomed guests to national economic forum
Monday, May 6, 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 8, 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 8, 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 1, 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 7, 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 2, 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.