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Administration Accomplishments

Fiscal Responsibility

· Delivered to Commission a third-straight budget surplus for FY 2017-18.

· Achieved investment grade bond rating from Wall Street ratings agency Moody's.

· Released from Consent Agreement with State of Michigan after just 14 months.

· Restructured employee and retiree health care to eliminate over $1 billion in unfunded obligations.

· Balanced Wayne County's budget in first year in office, eliminating a $52 million structural deficit and $82 million accumulated deficit.

· Negotiated new, fiscally-responsible collective bargaining agreements with 12 of 13 County unions.

Operational Efficiencies

· Consolidated multiple departments into the streamlined Dept. of Health, Veterans, and Community Wellness to improve access to health care for Wayne County residents.

· Signed contract with Correct Care Solutions (CCS) in order to oversee and improve the quality of care provided in jail health services.

· Implementing new eProcurement system to create more cost-effective, transparent contracting.

Economic Development

· Leveraged infrastructure investments in Livonia and Romulus to attract two new Amazon distribution facilities expected to create more than 2,000 new jobs.

· Completed infrastructure improvements to Sheldon Road to help attract Fuyao-China's largest automotive glass manufacturer- to Plymouth, which will bring with it a $66 million investment and more than 500 jobs.

· Sponsor and host for annual Manufacturing Day events to encourage interest in next generation manufacturing careers among Wayne County students.

· Provided $106,000 grant to install 160 LED streetlights along the revitalized Avenue of Fashion and University Commons neighborhoods in Northwest Detroit in 2015.

· Partnered with local charities to donate rehabbed homes to local families in need.

Infrastructure

· Invested $30 million toward 16 capital improvement projects on Wayne County's roads and bridges benefitting 21 communities in 2016.

· Invested $4,489,640 in 88 pieces of new, longer-lasting equipment for Wayne County Roads Division.

· Completed work on the Jefferson Ave. Bascule Bridge and reopened it to traffic on August 12, 2016.

· Initiated partnership with Canton Township to complete $5 million capital improvement project.

· Accepted $207,500 from a $1,741,667 MDEQ Grant to the Alliance of Rouge Communities for storm water management activities throughout the Rouge River watershed.

Access to Health care

· Conducted 19,000 primary care visits at two federally-qualified health clinics in Wayne and Hamtramck, including 2,900 outreach visits in 2015 and 2016.

· Opened dental suite at Wayne Health Center in partnership with University of Detroit-Mercy School of Dentistry.

· Increased immunizations administered by clinics by 17% in 2016.

· Obtained Medical Examiner accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners. Wayne County is just one of 87 medical examiners nationally to be accredited.

· Increased small business enrollment in Wayne County Health Choice by 23% in 2016.

· Implemented "No Wrong Door" policy for health and wellness services to ensure residents receive complete care.

Community Support

· Worked collaboratively with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy to identify an additional $1 million annually to fund testing and investigation of the rape kit backlog.

· Partnered with First Ladies from faith institutions across Wayne County to raise funds to assist with testing and investigating the rape kit backlog.

· Established partnership with Black Family Development to provide career training and job placement assistance for at-risk youth

· Initiated Wayne County's participation in the Grow Detroit's Young Talent program to provide job opportunities to promising young people.

· Worked with Wayne County Council for the Arts, History, and Humanities to arrange the donation of the Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame and Gallery collection to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and hosted event honoring pioneering African-American athletes.

Homeland Security Emergency Management

· Used a $4 million federal grant to purchase equipment and conduct training exercise to test effectiveness of communications across the U.S. and Canadian borders for first responders

· Trained more than 400 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers

· Passed a FEMA evaluated drill for Medical Services Response for Radiological Incidents (MS-1)

· Passed FEMA federal safety drill.

Recreation Department

· New River Rouge splash pad scheduled to open in 2018.

· Upgraded facilities at Hines Park, Nankin Mills, and Elizabeth Park.

· Partnered with Motor City Mountain Biking Association to implement two trails in Hines Park.

· Participated in the DIA's Inside Out program that brings high quality reproductions of masterpieces to outdoor venues throughout metro Detroit.

· Contracted for Elizabeth Park Shoreline Restoration and Greenway Project.

· Contracted for Parks long term planning process to steer park development over the next ten years.


Honors/Awards

County Executive

· 2017 Forward Motion Award for Most Effective Public Servant, Transportation Riders United

· 2017 Public Advocate of the Year, Sankofa Black Business Awards

· 2017 Community Leadership Award, Arab American and Chaldean Council

· 2017 Chairman's Pinnacle Award, Congressional Black Caucus Michigan Delegation

· 2016 Leadership & Legacy Award, African American Leadership Awards

· 2016 County Executive of the Year, National Organization of Black County Officials

Members of the Administration

· Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Award Genelle Allen

· Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence Award Dr. Shawny DeBerry

· Michigan Chronicle Men of Excellence Award Rev. Greg Roberts

· Crain's Notable Women Lawyers Zeena Elhasan