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About the commission

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, 2020-21 Edition."

Rules of procedures

The Wayne county Commissionion rules of procedures for its 2022 session are available by clicking on the link below.

Rules of Procedures

View Wayne County Commission meetings on YouTube

You can view past meetings of the Wayne County Commission and all of the commission's committees and special committees on the Wayne County Commission YouTube channel. Click on a button below for access.
Full Commission Meetings

Committee meetings

Special committees

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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 download the form click here.

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).
View past Ethics Board board eetings

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News & Events

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Wayne County Commission takes action to support sexual assault legislation
Wayne County Commission takes action to support sexual assault legislation
Friday, January 21, 2022
Wayne County Commissioners have called for greater state action to support victims of sexual assault, including abolishing several long standing legal precedents that protect sexual predators. The resolution was proposed by Commissioner Melissa Daub.
Commission takes action to protect front line medical workers
Commission takes action to protect front line medical workers
Friday, January 21, 2022
A resolution by Vice-Chair Joseph Palamara (D-Grosse Ile) that proposes greater protections for front line health care workers against violent attacks has been unanimously approved by the full Wayne County Commission.
Wayne County Commission urges reform to state's new no fault auto insurance law
Wayne County Commission urges reform to state's new no fault auto insurance law
Friday, December 17, 2021
Wayne County Commissioners on Dec. 16 unanimously approved a resolution introduced by Commission Vice-Chair Joseph Palamara (D-Grosse Ile) calling for reforms to Michigan's newly adopted no fault auto insurance law.
Wayne County to receive more than $35 million in opioid settlement
Wayne County to receive more than $35 million in opioid settlement
Friday, December 17, 2021
Wayne County Commissioners on Dec. 16 unanimously approved a settlement of more than $35 million with a pharmaceutical company and three distributors as the county's portion of a state settlement related to the nation's opioid epidemic.
Wayne County Commission seeks new legislation to stop school shootings
Wayne County Commission seeks new legislation to stop school shootings
Thursday, December 2, 2021
Wayne County Commissioners have called on state and federal lawmakers to take action in the wake of Tuesday's shootings at Oxford High School, which left four students dead and four other individuals wounded.
Youth Commission begins 2021-22 schedule
Youth Commission begins 2021-22 schedule
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Now in its second year, the Wayne County Commission Youth Council has scheduled a holiday luncheon Dec. 11 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib will be the guest speaker. Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick is the event host.