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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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Memorial Day celebration to honor military veterans from Northwest Detroit
Memorial Day celebration to honor military veterans from Northwest Detroit
Monday, May 20, 2019
Wayne County Commissioner Monique Baker McCormick (D-Detroit) is seeking District 6 military veterans to participate in the unveiling of a Veterans Wall of Honor.
Wayne County Commissioners approve engineering contract for Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge
Wayne County Commissioners approve engineering contract for Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge
Monday, May 20, 2019
Wayne County Commissioners on May 16 approved a contract with AECOM Great Lakes, Inc. of Detroit to provide engineering services for the Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge.
Wayne County Commission honors start of Ramadan
Wayne County Commission honors start of Ramadan
Friday, May 17, 2019
Imam Ibrahim Kazerooni of the Islamic Center of America offered the invocation at the May 2 meeting of the Wayne County Commission as the commission observed the beginning of Ramadan.
Commissioner Marecki's budget report through Feb. 28
Commissioner Marecki's budget report through Feb. 28
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Commissioner Marecki's budget report through Feb. 28.
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.
Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware honored during NOBCO forum
Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware honored during NOBCO forum
Friday, May 03, 2019
Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware was honored during the National Organization of Black County Officials 2019 Economic Development Forum held May 1-4 at the Marriott Renaissance Center.