Board Members

Belleville

Mayor Kerreen Conley is in her second term as the Mayor of the City of Belleville.  She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Human Resources and Organizational Development.  Mayor Conley has over 25 years of municipal experience at both the local and county levels serving in a wide range of capacities. She has served on the Conference of Western Wayne Executive Board and currently serves on the Downriver Wastewater Utility Authority and several local advisory boards.

Belleville is an attractive community nestled on the peninsular shores of beautiful Belleville Lake, a picturesque setting with tree lined neighborhoods, enhanced by a traditional downtown and beautiful parks. Belleville also hosts a planned industrial park along the rail road corridor.

 

Dearborn

Mayor Jack O’Reilly has been Mayor of Dearborn since 2007. He has promoted economic development through beneficial relationships with county, regional and state agencies, and corporations like Ford Motor Co., Oakwood Healthcare System, and Ford Land Development.

In 2014, he was appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Local Community Stabilization Authority Council. Prior to a statewide vote on the matter in August 2014, he had been part of the Task Force reporting to Lt. Governor Brian Calley on the personal property tax issue.  Currently, Mayor O’Reilly serves on the MEDC Executive Committee and is a past President of the Michigan Municipal League.

 

Dearborn Heights

Mayor Dan Paletko has a long history of public service. Before winning election to the Michigan House of Representatives, Mayor Paletko was a longtime member of the Dearborn Heights City Council. Mayor Paletko is retired from Ford Motor Company where he was a financial manager. Mayor Paletko is a Certified Public Accountant and holds degrees from the University of Michigan, University of Detroit and Wayne State University.

 

Garden City

Mayor Randy Walker was reelected to his fourth term as Mayor in November 2015. Prior to serving as Mayor, he served four terms on City Council.

Garden City is home to the Garden City Hospital, which is a full service, teaching hospital and is the top employer in the City. It is also home to the Country’s first-ever K-Mart, the first ever Little Caesars, and the first sit-down McDonalds in the State of Michigan.

The City is approximately six square miles and has just under 28,000 residents.

Garden City has multiple parks including Garden City Park, Kiwanis Park and Rotary Park along with three neighborhood parks.

 

Inkster

Mayor Patrick Wimberly is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Inkster and is responsible for all City Departments except the City Clerk’s office and City Attorney.

The Mayor attends all City Council meetings and reports directly to the City Council on all City matters.

Among other duties, this office is charged with the preparation and submittal of the Annual Budget and Capital Program, reports regularly on the financial operations of the city and maintains active membership in various civic organizations.

 

Livonia

Mayor Dennis Wright was elected to serve as Mayor in 2015 after spending two terms as city Treasurer. Prior to being elected Treasurer, Mayor Wright was a small business owner in Livonia and a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He has also spent many years volunteering for local organizations including the Livonia Goodfellows, the Livonia Parks and Recreation Commission and the Livonia Junior Athletic League.

 

City of Northville

Brian Turnbull is a ‘79 graduate of Northville High School and a life-long Northville resident, part of a five-generation family in the area. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Eastern Michigan University, and graduated from a Management Development Program at Northwestern University. He spent 20 years of his career at Ford Motor Company in Product Development, Financial Services and Marketing. He has held executive leadership positions at Phoenix Group, NiTS Solution and Urban Science, and was the CEO and owner of iCMS Solutions. Brian is a local historian and featured lecturer, as well as a dedicated community volunteer. He and his wife Ann (Dayton) Turnbull have two children, Katelyn and Jasen. Katelyn and her husband, Clayton, are the parents of Brian and Ann’s first grandchild, Eliza Lyn.

 

City of Plymouth

Mayor Oliver Wolcott was first elected to the esteemed Plymouth City Commission 5 years ago.  Mayor Wolcott has carried on the celebrated tradition of providing free drinks to his partners on the Commission, so in 2017 they elected him to serve as Mayor – ‘if it aint broke don’t fix it!’  Mayor Wolcott dreamed of playing professional baseball as a young man, but couldn’t cut it so he spends his free time hacking his way up and down the links imagining he’ll get the call to join the PGA tour any day now…still waiting on the call.

Oddly enough, his favorite thing to do in life like his predecessor before him, is attend Conference of Western Wayne meetings on Friday mornings.  So much so that if elected president of the board, he would move to make the meetings weekly…that should quickly end his candidacy before it takes off.

 

Romulus

Mayor LeRoy Burcroff is a lifelong Romulus resident and Romulus High School graduate. After high school and while attending college, he took an entry level position at the company Bearing Service, and ended up making a very long and successful career there. He worked his way into multiple supervisory and leadership positions, and ultimately all the way up to a Vice President’s position within the company.

Mayor Burcroff believes we can take proven solutions from the private sector and transfer them to the public sector and reap the same outstanding successes and benefits.

 

Wayne

Mayor John Rhaesa was sworn-in as the Mayor of Wayne on November 20, 2018. Prior to becoming Mayor, he served as a Wayne City Councilman for seven years. Mayor Rhaesa also served and continues to serve as a member of the Downtown Development Authority and the Council Liaison for the Planning Commission.

Mayor Rhaesa is not unlike the community he was elected to serve. Both Mayor Rhaesa and the City of Wayne are energetic and forward thinking and have a remarkable amount of community pride that is rooted in the understanding of Wayne’s deep history and tradition.

Like most of Wayne’s citizens, Mayor Rhaesa grew up in a working class family and was raised with the belief that helping those around them for the collective benefit of all was the way to move forward in life. Mayor Rhaesa saw government and public service as the perfect place to continue acting upon those beliefs.

During Mayor Rhaesa’s time on the City Council, he remained dedicated in his commitment to listen first and act second in order to assure he was acting according to the will of those who elected him to the position. This is a commitment that he has brought with him to the Mayor’s office. Mayor Rhaesa has been a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility and has been instrumental in the City’s erasure of over $80 million dollars in long-term liabilities. These tough decisions have kept the City of Wayne from entering into receivership.

Mayor Rhaesa serves as Wayne’s delegate for the Conference of Western Wayne; as a member of the Wayne Downtown Development Authority and Council Liaison to the Planning Commission; serves as Community Development Block Grant City Liaison; is a member of the Beaumont Community Advisory Board; was the President of the Wayne Rotary from 2017-2018 and is still currently serving as a member; as a member of the Wayne Downtown Days Committee; Wayne 100 Club; is the key organizer for the successful Concerts in the Park Annual Series; and is actively involved with the Kronk Boxing Team in Detroit, Michigan.

Mayor Rhaesa is the owner and publisher of The Wayne Dispatch Newspaper, a monthly publication that is focused on positive stories in the community and is mailed to every resident and business in the City of Wayne. Mayor Rhaesa and his wife Natalie also own and operate JoNa Graphics, a local Wayne business they started together in 2002.

Mayor Rhaesa is a 1987 graduate of Wayne Memorial High School and attended Eastern Michigan University.

Westland

A native Michigander, Mayor William Wild attended the University of Michigan – Dearborn and early in his career, he ventured out on his own as a small business owner in the waste and recycling industry.  An active public servant since 1999, Mayor Wild began his service career as a member of Westland’s Planning Commission and in 2001 he began a seven-year tenure as member of the Westland City Council before becoming the elected full-time Mayor in 2007.

Mayor Wild’s dedication to public service is not only evident in all he does as Westland’s CEO, he is also a member of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Trustee for the Michigan Municipal League, serves on the Board of Directors for the Thai Initiative, a Seattle based nonprofit that leads the way in creating subnational relationships between the United States and China and is currently serving his second term on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA).

 

Canton Township

Supervisor Pat Williams previously enjoyed a successful 38 year career in the automotive industry.  He holds a Metallurgy/Material Science degree from Schoolcraft College, and a Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration degrees from Lawrence Technological University.  Supervisor Williams supports and has served on boards of several community-based organizations.

In addition, he is the current Vice-Chairman and Secretary of the Western Townships Utilities Authority Board and a member of the 35th District Court Board of Directors.  Governor Snyder appointed Supervisor Williams to serve as the representative for the Michigan Townships Association on the Michigan Trial Court Funding Commission.

 

Huron Township

David Glaab was elected Supervisor of Huron Charter Township in 1998, 2012 and 2016. He also served two terms as Trustee from 2004 until 2012. Supervisor Glaab received his B.A. from Purdue University where he earned Distinguished Student Status and was active with Purdue Student Legal Aid. He obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D) cum laude from the Detroit College of Law where he earned the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Insurance Law. Supervisor Glaab is also engaged in the private practice of law and is a contributing author of the book WEALTH Enhancement & Preservation; The Institute, 1994.

 

Northville Township

Supervisor Robert Nix II is the Supervisor for Northville Township. He holds a J.D. from Wayne State University, and a B.S. from Eastern Michigan University.

Supervisor Nix is retired from the Kerr, Russell, and Weber Law Firm in Detroit. He practiced with the firm from 1973-2014.

He has won multiple awards from the Federal Bar Association and the National Order of Barristers. Supervisor Nix was also inducted into the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and American College of Mortgage Attorneys, served leadership in the colleges, was the past Chairman of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar and served as a member and Chairman of several Committees in the Michigan Land Title Standards.

Northville Township sits on the northwestern edge of Wayne County and has more than 28,000 residents.

 

Plymouth Township

Kurt L. Heise was elected Plymouth Township Supervisor in 2016. Heise graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Honors Political Science in 1988.  He earned a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Laws in Labor Law from Wayne State University Law School in 1991 and 1993.

Supervisor Heise has more than 25 years’ experience as a municipal, labor, and environmental attorney.  He has previously served as the Assistant City Attorney in Dearborn Heights, Garden City and Woodhaven, and as the Mayor’s Deputy in Dearborn Heights.  Heise also served as Director of the Wayne County Department of Environment and County Drain Commissioner for six years.

From 2010 to 2016, Heise was State Representative for the 20th House District, where he Chaired the House Criminal Justice Committee, and was Senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee.  Supervisor Heise was appointed in 2017 as the Governor’s Representative to the Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority for a four-year term.

 

Redford Township

Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz is the first woman elected to serve Redford as Township Supervisor. She began her term of service on November 20, 2008 at a time when housing markets were crashing, people were losing their homes and the economic loss to the township was devastating the general fund. While many people would have thrown up their hands, she rolled up her sleeves and started to work.

Supervisor Kobylarz has taken a proactive and open approach to budgeting and financing. She actively engages department leaders, employees, union groups and the community at large through budget study sessions and utilization of social media tools.

 

Sumpter Township

Supervisor John Morgan is the Supervisor of Sumpter Township.

Sumpter Township has a population of 9,549 and is 37.50 square miles with a median age of 40.

The community consists of diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and the residents take pride in their surroundings of woodlands, wetlands, prairies and agricultural lands. Roadside stands with fresh farm produce, horseback riding trails at Crosswinds Marsh Preserve, a Wayne County park, and abundant wildlife, are all amenities of the “country life” that residents enjoy.

 

Van Buren Township

Supervisor Kevin McNamara was raised in Livonia, learning from his father that government can make a positive difference in the lives of people. His governmental positions began in 2001 when he was elected to the Schoolcraft College Board of Trustees.  He was next elected to the Wayne County Commission serving eight years as the Chairman of Public Services (Roads and Parks).  Mr. McNamara also served as Chariman of Wayne County’s HEAD START programs, SEMCOG’s Executive Board and The Metro Airport / Willow Run Board of Directors.