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The Wayne County Commission and its employees are the legislative branch of county government. The chief role of the commission is to adopt a budget and enact ordinances. The commission also approves contracts, appointments and rules. The money is spent and ordinances are enforced through the administrative branch. The 2018-19 fiscal year's $1.61 billion budget runs the county operations that serve the more than 1.8 million people living in Wayne County.All Wayne County Commission meetings, as well as the budget sessions, are open to the public. The commission meets on the first and the third Thursday of the month at 10:00 a.m. in its chambers on the mezzanine level of the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Detroit. In addition to the full body, the Commission has eight standing committees, along with special committees and task forces.Wayne County, the most populous county in Michigan, is divided into 15 districts, and commissioners are elected every two years in even-year elections.For an explanation of how Wayne County government is structured, how it works and what it does for you, read "A Citizen's Guide to Wayne County Government, 2019-20 Edition."

Ethics Ordinance & Board

  • The Wayne County Commission approved Wayne County's first Ethics Ordinance on April 5, 2012, and amended it on December 18, 2014.
  • The Wayne County Ethics Board meets in Hearing Room 704 of the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226. Meetings are open to the public.

Wayne County Ethics Board

HOW TO FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE WAYNE COUNTY ETHICS BOARD

Any Wayne County employee/public servant or resident is encouraged to report any instances of unethical behavior by a Wayne County employee or elected official to the Wayne County Ethics Board for further investigation.

To determine whether the behavior or actions about which you wish to complain would fall under the jurisdiction of the Ethics Board, please review the Ethics Ordinance (Wayne County Enrolled Ordinance 2014-734).

Complaint Form

The form must be signed and notarized.

News & Events

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Wayne County Commission pauses to honor memory of late Congressman John Conyers
Wayne County Commission pauses to honor memory of late Congressman John Conyers
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Wayne County Commissioners Nov. 5 joined with elected officials throughout the nation in paying tribute to the late former Congressman John Conyers Jr. (D-Detroit).
Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick at Detroit Center for Innovation unveiling
Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick at Detroit Center for Innovation unveiling
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Wayne County Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick congratulates Charisse Woods after the Cass Technical High School student's brief speech during Wednesday's announcement regarding the Detroit Center for Innovation.
Wayne County Commissioner Glenn S. Anderson receives honors from Western Wayne NAACP
Wayne County Commissioner Glenn S. Anderson receives honors from Western Wayne NAACP
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Wayne County Commissioner Glenn S. Anderson (D-Westland) was honored with the Leading Through Service Award presented by the Western Wayne County NAACP.
Commissioner Raymond Basham's fall newsletter
Commissioner Raymond Basham's fall newsletter
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Fall newsletter for District 14
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.