Brenda Jones was elected to serve the citizens of Detroit in November 2005 and was re-elected to a second term in January 2010. On January 6, 2014, Ms. Jones was elected President, Detroit City Council. As a member of this legislative branch, she pledges her commitment to:
- Jobs: Advocate for jobs and development of a strong talent base to meet the needs of employers.
- Opportunities: Promote startup and growth opportunities for entrepreneurs and small or large businesses.
- Neighborhoods: Focus on creating safe, pleasant, clean neighborhoods that are free of blight and have resources that residents enjoy.
- Education: Supporting educational opportunities and resources for youth and adults.
- Safety: Partnering with police, fire and EMS services to ensure a peaceful environment.
President Jones was appointed unanimously by her colleagues to represent the Detroit City Council on the Fire and Police Pension Board. She also serves as ex-officio member of all standing committees. In addition, she is the Chairperson of the Skilled Trades Task Force and Military Veterans Task Force.
President Jones is the former President of Communications Workers of America, Local 4004, where she represented over 1,000 union members and advocated tirelessly for fairness and equal rights in the workplace. She continues to work for justice for all citizens. President Jones currently serves as a Board Member for several organizations: the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights; the Detroit Metropolitan Interfaith Committee on Worker Issues; Secretary for the Communications Workers of America National Minority Caucus; Trustee of Michigan Minority Networking Women – Detroit Chapter; Trustee of Elise Bryant Educational Scholarship Foundation; and 1st Vice President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) – Detroit Chapter. She is a member of groups such as: the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist (CBTU); the Trade Union Leadership Council (TULC); lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); and a NEP Delegate for the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW).
President Jones has been an active and faithful member of the Wyoming Avenue Church of Christ for 43 years. She is also a Precinct Delegate for the 14th Congressional District. She is the former president of the Oak Grove Community Council and continues to be an active member. President Jones attended and graduated from Detroit Public Schools, Wayne State University, and Wayne State University Labor School. She has been the recipient of numerous awards for her diligent commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of all she meets, including: Spirit of Detroit Award, 1988; Sojourner Truth Award from the National Organization for Women; S’Hero Award and the Tip of the Spear Award from the University of Michigan Labor Studies; Community Leadership Award from O.L. Trone, Sr. Scholarships, 2007; Public Servant Award from the Arc Detroit, 56th Legacy Awards, 2007; Distinguished Service Award For Outstanding Service and For Inspiring Youth to do the Best in School and Community from the Metro Detroit Youth Day and Michigan Food & Beverage Association, April 15, 2009; and the Olga M. Madar Award from the Metro Detroit Coalition of Labor Union Women, June 12, 2009.
President Jones is a trailblazer, visionary, and humanitarian. She regularly attends community meetings throughout the city and feels it is important to meet with citizens in their neighborhoods. President Jones has also taken part in several student career days throughout the city and is committed to partnering with the business community to provide employment for high school and college student interns during the summer. In order to gain a greater understanding of the Detroit Police Department, President Jones attended the Citizen Police Academy and was proud to receive her Certificate of Completion on May 7, 2009. Since being elected in November 2005, President Jones has sponsored several resolutions to address everyday issues that affect the citizens of Detroit. Her greatest accomplishments, however, are feeding the hungry, providing shelter to the underprivileged, working to find job opportunities for those in need, and saying a kind word to the hopeless. She continues to be an advocate for hope, opportunity, and positive change.
- 1988 Spirit of Detroit Award Recipient
- Former President of Communications Workers of America, Local Union 4004
- Secretary of CWA International Union Minority Caucus
- Trustee of Michigan Minority Networking Women – Detroit Chapter
- Trustee of Friends of Black Men in Unions
- Precinct Delegate City of Detroit (15-71)
- First Vice President of the A. Philip Randolph Institute – Detroit Chapter (APRI)
- NEB Delegate of Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW)
- Member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU)
- Member of Trade Union Leadership Council (TULC)
- Member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
The Detroit City Council P resident's Office made several achievements and accomplishments in 2018 under the leadership and guidance of Council President Brenda Jones, prior to the November 20, 2018, Council Recess!
During this year’s City Council Session, Team Jones led the charge on four important pieces of legislation approved by the Detroit City Council that will improve the quality of life for Detroiters and increase the capacity of Detroit businesses to do ethical business and secure city contracts.
The Bed Bug Ordinance works to address the current Bed Bug epidemic within the City of Detroit by clearly stating responsibilities for both tenants and landlords before, during, and after a suspected bedbug infestation occurs and requiring immediate treatment of the infestation once discovered.
The Debarment Ordinance empowers residents, contractors, and elected officials to hold contractors accountable for their services and their actions by defining a process to prevent contractors from bidding on City of Detroit contracts after a thorough review by the Office of the Inspector General. Residents, contractors, and elected officials are able to initiate the process for debarment if it is believed that the contractor has acted unethically or has not performed their services. If a contractor is found to have committed illegal acts, they may be disqualified from City contracts for up to 20 years.
The Supply Schedule Ordinance allows the City of Detroit to create a Supply Schedule Program for City of Detroit reoccurring goods and services that will allow the City of Detroit to achieve costs savings on goods and services. In addition to the cost savings, 30% of the entire supply schedule will be set aside for Detroit-based, Detroit-headquartered, and Detroit-certified businesses only. There will also be at least two small business outreach events annually throughout the district to ensure that small businesses are prepared and informed for the upcoming opportunities within the City of Detroit Supply Schedule.
Every day, grandparents get up to complete the endless task of raising their grandchildren as their own children. To honor the time, energy, and resources that are put into this labor of love, a resolution to declare September 2018 “Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Month”.
A resolution in support of this year’s 6th Annual “Hug Detroit Day.” This resolution is to stand behind the community of advocates who work to make Detroit a safer, more community-driven place. The 4th Sunday of August shall be designated as “Hug Detroit Day”, to celebrate a day of non-violence and honor the lives of those who were lost to gun violence.
Teams Jones has made great strides in engaging the city’s youth, seniors, labor force, and the business community through various events and outreach strategies.
In collaboration with Council Member Janee’ Ayers, the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, and the Office of Procurement, the Small Business Empowerment Fairs have been a tremendous success in providing information and resources to Detroit’s small business community. Current and prospective business owners who attended these events were met with an incredible series of workshops, as well as department officials from various city departments to clarify any questions or concerns that business owners had regarding doing business with and within the City of Detroit.
At the 2018 Senior Summit, hundreds of seniors were shuttled in by senior buildings, PACE Southeast Michigan and several churches, for a day of dancing, food, and giveaways at Erma Henderson Park! For almost a decade, seniors have had an exciting event full of great opportunities to educate them with a variety of resources enjoy great food, dance to music, play games and win raffle prizes.
During October’s Skilled Trades Taskforce Meeting, representatives from Ford were present to announce their hiring plan for Detroit skilled tradesmen in the restoration of the Central Station. This opportunity will be monumental for Detroiters and Ford will need tradespeople from a vast array of specializations to make their project happen!
The reorganization of our 2018 City Council Evening Community Meetings has contributed to their greater success! This year, the meetings included a number of City departments that have set up tables, inviting our residents to gather departmental handouts, and talk directly to assigned customer service representatives that are equipped to assist with concerns on issues such as blight, water, public lighting, employment opportunities, and so much more.
Any City employee who has died as the direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty shall have a funeral benefit not to exceed $12,000, to be coordinated with Worker’s Compensation benefits provided through the City of Detroit, to be paid directly to the funeral home; and cemetery.
DETROIT CITY COUNCIL: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Review and approve contracts submitted by the Mayor, and the departments.
- Review, change and approve the city budget.
- Review and approve the sale or disposition of city property.
- Review and approve the settlement of civil litigation involving the city.
- Review and approve employee requests for legal representation.
- Review and approve requests for re-zoning of property.
- Review and approve development agreements.
- Review complaints and petitions from the public regarding city operations and departments.