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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, 2019-20 Edition."

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.

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 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.

View past Ethics Board board meetings

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News & Events

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Wayne County Commission calls for renewed U.S. relationship with Cuba
Wayne County Commission calls for renewed U.S. relationship with Cuba
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Wayne County Commissioners today called on the Biden Administration to reestablish relations with Cuba, a priority of the Obama Administration that was abandoned over the past four years.
Wayne County Commission Chair Bell questions release of suspect in officer's death
Wayne County Commission Chair Bell questions release of suspect in officer's death
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell (D-Detroit) has joined those speaking out against the release of the suspect in the shooting death of Detroit Police Sgt. Elaine Williams. 'Sgt. Williams was tiny, but mighty, and a strong, positive presence.'
Wayne County Commission decries hate crimes directed at Asian Americans
Wayne County Commission decries hate crimes directed at Asian Americans
Friday, April 2, 2021
Wayne County Commissioners today unanimously adopted a resolution decrying the rise in hate crimes directed at Asian Americans. Physical and verbal attacks against Asian Americans have been on the rise in the past few years.
Wayne County Commissioners declare April as Arab American Heritage Month
Wayne County Commissioners declare April as Arab American Heritage Month
Friday, April 2, 2021
Wayne County Commissioners today unanimously approved a resolution by Commissioners Sam Baydoun (D-Dearborn) and Al Haidous (D-Wayne) recognizing April as Arab American Heritage Month.
Chair Bell's town hall on Alzheimer's, related diseases spotlights resources for caregivers
Chair Bell's town hall on Alzheimer's, related diseases spotlights resources for caregivers
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers face numerous challenges, but help is available from many sources experts said during a Wednesday, March 24 town hall presented by Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell.
Wayne County Commission creates citizen-based Women's Commission
Wayne County Commission creates citizen-based Women's Commission
Thursday, March 18, 2021
Wayne County Commissioners today voted to create a citizen-based Women's Commission. The volunteer group will be focused on studying issues, making recommendations, and advocating for actions to improve the lives of women across Wayne County.