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Mike Duggan was elected Mayor of the City of Detroit on November 5, 2013, and re-elected to a second term on November 7, 2017. Duggan, born in Detroit, has spent his entire career working in the city to solve some of the most complex issues facing Detroiters, including crime, blight and access to jobs.
In his first term, Mayor Duggan got to work restoring basic city services for all Detroiters. He established the Department of Neighborhoods, placing staff in each of the seven city council districts to help residents address concerns of blight in their community. He also took an active role in projects that installed more than 60,000 new LED street lights to streets, some left in the dark for years, removed nearly 13,000 blighted and abandoned houses and dramatically improved police and EMS response times, bringing them down to the national average.
He also returned financial accountability, working with City Council to pass three consecutive balanced budgets in FY2015, FY2016 and FY2017, which led to significant upgrades in the City’s bond rating.
The mayor has continued to bring down blighted houses, laying out a plan to address all vacant structures over the next two years, whether through demolition, renovation or boarding them up in the interim. He also created Project Green Light, which partners with more than 300 Detroit businesses so far to provide real time, high definition video from the businesses to a new multi-million dollar Real Time Crime Center. Since the program was launched two years ago, major crimes at participating businesses has decreased by nearly 40%.
Now in his second term and with city services back to levels Detroiters expect and deserve, Duggan has turned his attention to building “One Detroit for Everyone.” This mission of an equitable revitalization has included creating and preserving affordable housing, revitalizing long-neglected neighborhoods, and ensuring every Detroiter has access to jobs and job trainings through the Detroit at Work program.
Duggan’s vision for the redevelopment of Detroit is based on eight principles:
Duggan, who was born in Detroit, has remained committed to the city throughout his career. As a young boy, he lived on Stansbury near Fenkell and Schaefer on the city’s west side and attended Catholic Central High School when it was still in the city on W. Outer Drive. While most of his friends were leaving Michigan to attend college in places like New York and Chicago, Duggan was committed to staying in the Detroit area and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for his undergraduate studies and law school.
Duggan’s first job out of college was at a law firm in downtown Detroit, to which he rode the bus to work every day until he could afford his first car. He later was hired to work in the Wayne County law department and before long was tapped to serve as Deputy Wayne County Executive under Ed McNamara from 1987 through 2000.
It was in his role as Deputy CEO that Duggan’s management skills and commitment to his hometown began to display themselves.
During his tenure Duggan oversaw 14 straight balanced budgets and a fully funded pension system, led the effort to bring the Detroit Lions back downtown, Co-chaired the construction of Comerica Park and Ford Field, and negotiated the deal with the Clinton Administration that led to the construction Metro Airport’s spectacular midfield terminal.
During this time he also stepped in to run the SMART bus system, which was facing the threat of shutting down. In three years, he turned around the organization’s finances and partnered with unions to improve reliability, expand service in Detroit and increase ridership.
As Wayne County Prosecutor from 2001-2003, Duggan led efforts to reduce gun crime and to address the problem of vacant homes across Detroit by seizing 1,000 abandoned homes and selling them to new owners who fixed them up and got them reoccupied.
Before running for Mayor, Duggan again partnered with workers and unions to lead the Detroit Medical Center out of near bankruptcy and back to profitability in his first year (2004). Today, the DMC is undergoing $850 million in new construction as part of a deal Duggan negotiated as CEO.
As Mayor, Duggan continues to be accessible to residents, attending at least one home gathering each week to help him keep in touch with Detroit residents, their needs and their evaluation of the city’s progress.
Duggan and his wife, Lori, are the proud parents of four adult children, Mary, Eddie, Carolyn and Patrick.
Chief James Craig came to Detroit after serving in the same post in the Cincinnati Police Department for two years. Previously, he spent two years as chief of the Portland Police Department in Maine. A native Detroiter, Chief Craig started his police career here in the City in 1977. After a downsizing of the Detroit Police Department, he joined the Los Angeles police force and remained there for 28 years.
Alexis Wiley serves as Chief of Staff for the City of Detroit. She was named to the position in May 2014, shortly after joining the administration in February and Director of Community Engagement. In her role as Chief of Staff, Alexis is responsible for overseeing the city's 9,000-member workforce, the hiring of top level administration officials and leading many of the Mayor's key initiatives, including the transfer of authority over the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department from the city's emergency manager to the Mayor. Prior to joining city government, Alexis was a reporter and anchor for Fox 2 News in Detroit, where she reported regularly on issues that affected Detroit residents. Alexis is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and now lives in the city of Detroit..
Lawrence Garcia has been litigating a wide variety of legal matters on behalf of Michigan institutions, social service organizations and service-minded businesses since becoming a lawyer in 1995. As the City of Detroit's principal attorney, he hopes to reduce the City's liability in tort and negligence claims through diligent risk avoidance and strong advocacy in court. He also aims to see the City's Law Department recognized as one of the most talented and powerful groups of lawyers in the region. Lawrence comes to the City's Law Department as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and as a former president of the Hispanic Bar Association of Michigan.
John Hill is a certified public accountant specializing in municipal finance. Hill is the former CEO of the non-profit Federal City Council in Washington, D.C. While working in the nation’s capital, he helped to restructure D.C.’s financial and operational management systems and improve the delivery of city services.
Beth Niblock was named Detroit’s Chief Information Officer after serving 11 years as CIO for Louisville Metro, the combined local government for the City of Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky. Prior to becoming Detroit’s CIO, she was a member of the technology team led by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy that visited the city in 2013 to identify ways to grow and improve city services through the use of information technology.
David C. Manardo began his career in the construction industry, having served a four-year apprenticeship with the Local 58 IBEW. He later spent 30 years with the Detroit Medical Center in a variety of management positions, serving most recently as Senior Vice President of Facility and Real Estate Services. With the Duggan administration, he serves as the Group Executive of Operations overseeing a number of City departments and agencies.
Manardo, a master electrician, holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University, a master’s degree in civil engineering from Wayne State University and an MBA from the University of Detroit.
Gary Brown was appointed as the Director of Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) in October 2015. He is leading the department toward a customer-focused, fiscally-responsible operation. Previously, Brown was the City of Detroit’s Group Executive for Operations charged with ensuring the continued improvement of city services. He was initially hired as Chief Compliance Officer by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, after spending nearly four years as president Pro Tem on City Council. Prior to being elected to Council, Brown had a 26-year career in the Detroit Police Department.
Thomas Lewand has been tasked with creating initiatives and opportunities that will put Detroiters to work and increase economic growth in the City. Previously, he was chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party and a partner at Bodman, PLC. Lewand is noted for his role in helping to negotiate the agreement between the City of Detroit, Wayne County and the Detroit Lions to build Ford Field. He has served on the boards of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Wayne County Economic Development Corporation.
One of Mayor Duggan’s priorities was to create a single department to oversee city services that impact neighborhoods. Charlie Beckham leads the new Department of Neighborhoods, which has a director stationed in each of the seven City Council districts. Additionally, Beckham manages the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department. He has served as an advisor in every mayoral administration since Coleman Young.
Dan Dirks brings 25 years of local and national experience in public transportation to his role as director of the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT). He is responsible for coordinating the City’s overall transportation services, including DDOT, the People Mover, and the M-1 Rail. Previously, Dirks served as general manager of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) from 1998 – 2007. Most recently, he operated his own transportation consulting company in Louisville, Kentucky.
As the City's Human Resources Director, Denise Starr is charged with streamlining the recruitment and retention processes. Starr joined the City from Compuware where she played a lead role in building the company's workforce. She held positions of increasing responsibility in facilities and administration, including Manager, Director, Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, and Chief Administrative Officer.
Before joining the City, Iris Ware led the design, development and implementation of the training function and organizational strategy for Detroit Manufacturing Systems. In the position of Chief Learning Officer, Ware is responsible for the design, development and implementation of talent development and performance management systems.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a Master's degree from Wayne State University, a Doctoral degree from Wayne State University and a Personnel Agent license from the State of Michigan.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, MD, MPH, FACEP is the Director and Health Officer for the City of Detroit Health Department. A board-certified practicing emergency physician, she was the Chief Medical Officer and Assistant Commissioner for Clinical Services in the Baltimore City Health Department prior to returning to Detroit in July 2016 as the Medical Director of the Health Department. She has held several local and national leadership roles, including Fellow in the Office of Health Reform at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Director of the Center for Injury Prevention and Control at George Washington University, and an appointed member of the Commission on Health in Montgomery County, Maryland.
Dr. Khaldun obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Michigan, her MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed her emergency medicine residency at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she was also elected chief resident. Her MPH and fellowship in health policy were completed at George Washington University.