Mayor Duggan names DPD executive, public policy expert Trisha Stein city’s new Chief of Staff

  • Replaces Alexis Wiley, who served as COS since May 2014 and recently left the administration to run the Mayor’s reelection campaign
  • Stein to begin January 1 after concluding her current role as Director of Administrative Operations for DPD

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced today the appointment of longtime public policy administrator, Trisha Stein, to the position of Chief of Staff. She replaces Alexis Wiley, who served in that position from May 2014 until her departure two weeks ago to run the Mayor’s re-election campaign.

Stein’s extensive experience in government and public policy spans more than 25 years. She currently serves as Director of Administrative Operations for the Detroit Police Department.  Stein will continue to serve in that position, which she has held since April 2015, until the end of December. While at DPD, Stein has provided strategic planning and management of critical projects and priorities and served as Chief James Craig’s top policy advisor. Some of her initiatives included Project Green Light Detroit, a public private partnership aimed at increasing public safety by using real-time video technology and Ceasefire Detroit, a coordinated effort to address gun violence perpetrated by or against members of gangs, groups or street crews.   

Stein will take over as Chief of Staff for the city’s 9,000 employees on January 1. In her new role, Stein will be responsible for overseeing many of the Mayor’s key initiatives, including citywide communications and inter-departmental activities.

“Trisha is one of the most widely respected and effective public administrators in Michigan and the City is fortunate to have her as its new Chief of Staff,” Mayor Duggan said. “She has the leadership experience needed to make sure city departments are effectively coordinating and delivering our pledge that all Detroit residents have the opportunity to actively participate in their city’s resurgence.”

Stein’s new position also marks her return to City Hall. Prior to joining the police department, Stein served as interim director of Planning & Development from 2014-15, where she developed the investment strategy and implementation plan for the city’s HUD entitlement funds, which played a critical role in laying the groundwork for Detroit’s urban redevelopment strategy.  

Stein’s diverse career has also included serving as the top administrator for the Wayne County Prosecutor's office. She has worked in London in the House of Commons, as a communications analyst for the Michigan House, and managed the campaign that helped elect Jennifer Granholm as Michigan Attorney General.

“I am excited to work with the highly talented team at the city and help bring together their efforts that will positively impact Detroiters,” Stein said. "I am ready for the challenges to come to ensure key strategic initiatives are implemented."


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