Al Haidous (Dist. 11)
Al Haidous is Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and serves on the Comittee on Public Services as well as being the commission's representative to the Wayne County Airport Authority. He is also a member of the Special Committee on Senior Citizens and Veterans Affairs.
A Democrat, he was first elected in November 2014 to represent the Wayne County Commission's 11th District, which covers the cities of Belleville, Romulus and Wayne; Huron, Sumpter and Van Buren townships; and part of the city of Westland.
Haidous had served as the city of Wayne's mayor since 2001. During his time as mayor, the city found ways to save money, including merging Fire and Parks & Recreation departments services with the neighboring city of Westland and consolidating public safety dispatch with the cities of Westland and Inkster. As mayor, he chaired the city's Retirement Board, Risk Management Committee, Real Estate Committee and Downtown Development Authority, and was a member of the Cable Communications Regulatory Commission.
He served on Wayne's City Council from 1993 to 2001 and Board of Zoning Appeals from 1990 -93. He also was a member of the city's Charter Advisory Committee in 1992 and the Commercial Revitalization Initiative-Downtown Wayne Steering Committee from 1991-92.
Haidous has served since 2007 as a board member for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, better known as SMART, and has served as its chairman. He also has chaired the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance's Southeast Government Alliance, Wayne County Community Development Block Grant Advisory Council, the Conference of Western Wayne and the Central Wayne County Sanitation Authority. In 2015, he was named to the Governor's Talent Investment Board.
He was a Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club of Wayne, an international ambassador for the Shriners Hospital for Children Moslem Temple Hospital Fund Drive, a member of The Salvation Army-Middlebelt Center advisory board and vice president of the Wayne Chamber of Commerce.
Haidous has been recognized for his service at the local, county and national levels, earning the Wayne Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year award in 1991. the Excellence Award in 2000 from Wayne County Executive Edward McNamara for his service to the Community Development Block Grant Advisory Council and the Legislative Award from The Senior Alliance in 2014. He was inducted into the International Institute Foundation Hall of Fame in 2012.
Prior to his career in public service, Haidous and his wife, Mary, owned and operated Al's Friendly Market for 35 years in the city of Wayne. They are the proud parents of five children and have 12 grandchildren.
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