The transformation of Wayne County government is still under way as fiscal year 2016 comes to a close. The Evans Administration is wrapping up its second year in the Executive Office and the county has gone through a myriad of changes as part of its plan to restructure county government. Armed with a Consent Agreement from the State Treasurer's Office and a $238 million going away present from the former Wayne County Treasurer, this administration has taken some actions that were necessary, ovedue and effective in improving the county's finances. Unfortunately, some of its actions went too far, too fast and have negatively impacted the lives of thousands of employees and retirees. Those actions led to costly lawsuits, a mass exodus of the active workforce, an enormous loss of institutional knowledge and an inability to recruit or retain employees, dramatically impacting county operations.
In the pages that follow, I will bring you up-to-date on the county's financial gains and the attributing factors. I will also share with you the operational challenges that the County is experiencing and what both outcomes mean to residents and taxpayers.
Next will be an update on recent and scheduled road and park improvements, with a brief commentary on why the Parks Millage Renewal is such a great deal for residents of the 8th District! Some useful information on county programs, services, and upcoming events can be found inside on my Community Page, and a current list of frequently requested county phone numbers can be found on the back for your convenience.
In closing, I thank you once again for the honor of representing you on the Wayne County Commission. If I can ever be of service to you, your family, or your place of business, please do not hesitate to call my office.
Sincerely Yours in Service,
Diane L. Webb
Wayne County Commissioner, District 8