Detroit City Council

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Detroit City Council
History
Founded 1824 (as the Common Council)
Leadership
President
Brenda Jones
President Pro-Tempore
George Cushingberry
Seats 7 districts
2 at-large
Elections
Council last election
November 5, 2013
Meeting place
13th floor, Coleman A. Young Municipal Building
Website
www.detroitmi.gov/CityCouncil/tabid/2509/Default.aspx

The Detroit City Council is the legislative body of Detroit, Michigan, United States. The full-time council is required to meet every business day for at least 10 months of the year, with at least eight of these meetings occurring at a location besides city hall. The council may convene for special meetings at the call of the mayor or at least four members of council.

History[edit]

The City Council was first constituted as the legislative body of the city in 1824, and was called the Common Council until July 1, 1974. Prior to 1918, the council was elected from city wards. However, starting in 1918, all city council members were elected at large, unusual for a city of Detroit's size. On November 4, 2009, city voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum to once again elect most of the council by districts beginning in 2013, while allowing for two at-large seats.[1]

Composition[edit]

The council is composed of nine members, seven of which are elected from single-member districts of approximately equal population, with two additional members elected at-large. The council includes two officers, the president and president pro tempore, who are elected from amongst the members of the council at the beginning of each new session of the body for four years terms. The officers can be removed by a unanimous vote of council exclusive of the member being removed during any session meeting. Elections to the body are officially non-partisan.

Current members[edit]

District Councillor Position In office since
District 1 James Tate 2009
District 2 George Cushingberry, Jr. President pro tempore 2013
District 3 Scott Benson 2013
District 4 André L. Spivey 2009
District 5 Mary Sheffield 2013
District 6 Raquel Castañeda-López 2013
District 7 Gabe Leland 2013
At-large (vacant)a
At-large Brenda Jones President 2005

a. At-large Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins, first elected in 2009, resigned her seat in October 2014.[2]

Committees[edit]

The council has five standing committees:

  • Budget and Finance
  • Neighborhood and Community Services
  • Human Resources
  • Law and Public Safety
  • Planning and Economic Development

The council is granted the power to form additional committees at its own discretion

Vacancies and special elections[edit]

If a vacancy occurs on the city council, it is filled by appointment of the city council based on a two-thirds vote of its existing members. The appointee serves until the the next general election.

Former members[edit]

Starting in 1919, nine Detroit City Council members were elected at large. Members of the council, from 1919 to the present, are:[3]

Year Detroit City Council Members
1919 John C. Lodge James Vernor John C. Nagel Sherman Littlefield William P. Bradley
(Died June 1938)
Charles F. Bielman
(Died April 16, 1920)
Fred W. Castator David W. Simons John Kronk
  Richard M. Watson
(Elected November 21, 1920)
 
1922 Robert G. Ewald
 
1924 John Stevenson Arthur E. Dingeman Phillip A. Callahan
 
1926
 
1928 George A. Walters John Kronk
 
1930 John C. Nagel John S. Hall
(Died January 19, 1934)
 
1932 Frank Couzens John W. Smith Richard Lindsay
(Died January 7, 1937)
John C. Lodge Eugene Van Antwerp Edward Jeffries
 
1934 George Engle
(Until June 23, 1937)
  Arthur E. Dingeman
(November 13, 1934 – Oct. 1935)
1936 Robert G. Ewald
(Out May 26, 1942)
    John Kronk
(Elected April 5, 1937)
1938 Philip Breitmeyer Harry I. Dingeman
(Out April 10, 1941)
Henry S. Sweeny
  John W. Smith
(Elected November 8, 1938,
Died June 1942)
1940 Charles E. Dorais
(Rsgd. May 27, 1947)
John Hamilton
(Out April 2, 1941)
James H. Garlick
     
1942 William G. Rogell George C. Edwards William A. Comstock
(Died June 16, 1949)
  Frank Cody
(Elected November 3, 1942,
Died April 1946)
1944 Fred C. Castator
 
1946 Charles G. Oakman
    Patrick J. McNamara
(Elected November 5, 1946)
1948 Louis C. Miriani Charles F. Edgecomb Leo J. Nowicki
(Resigned April 14, 1948)
Del A. Smith John A. Kronk
(Died February 13, 1954)
James H. Garlick
    Edward Connor
(Elected November 2, 1948,
Resigned December 31, 1966)
1950 Edward Jeffries
(Died April 2, 1950)
Mary Beck William G. Rogell
  Eugene Van Antwerp
(Elected November 7, 1950,
Died August 5, 1962)
1952
 
1954 Charles Youngblood Blanche Parent Wise
  James H. Lincoln
(Elected November 2, 1944,
Resigned May 5, 1960)
 
 
1958 Ed Carey William T. Patrick
(Resigned December 31, 1963)
 
  Charles N. Youngblood
(Elected November 8, 1960)
 
1962 James H. Brickley
(Resigned January 15, 1967)
Anthony Wierzbicki Mel Ravitz
  Phillip J. Van Antwerp
(Elected April 1, 1963)
  Thomas L. Poindexter
(Elected November 3, 1964)
 
1966 Louis C. Miriani Nicholas Hood
     
  Robert Tindal
(Elected November 5, 1968,
Died July 30, 1971)
Anthony J. Wierzbicki
(Elected November 5, 1968)
 
1970 Carl M. Levin David Eberhard Ernest C. Browne, Jr.
 
  Erma Henderson
(Elected November 7, 1972)
 
1974 Clyde Cleveland Maryann Mahaffey Jack Kelley
 
 
 
1978 Kenneth Cockrel, Sr. Herbert McFaddend Jr.
(Died September 21, 1981)
 
 
 
1982 Mel Ravitz Barbara-Rose Collins
(Resigned 11/90)
John W. Peoples
 
 
 
1986
 
 
 
1990 Gil Hill Keith Butler Kay Everett
 
 
 
1994 Alberta Tinsley-Talabi Nicholas Hood III Sheila Cockrel Brenda M. Scott
(Died September 2, 2002)
 
 
 
1998 Kenneth Cockrel, Jr.
 
 
 
2002 Sharon McPhail Barbara-Rose Collins Alonzo W. Bates
  JoAnn Watson
(Elected April 29, 2003)
 
 
2006 Monica Conyers Kwame Kenyatta
(Resigned June 21, 2013)
Martha Reeves Brenda Jones
 
 
 
2010 Charles Pugh
(Seat declared vacant in July 8, 2013)
Gary Brown
(Resigned June 24, 2013)
Saunteel Jenkins Andre L. Spivey James Tate
 
 
 

Salaries[edit]

As of May 2013, members of the city council collect $73,181 a year and the council president is paid $76,911 per year.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Josar, David (November 4, 2009). "Plan to elect council by districts wins". The Detroit News. Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Detroit councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins resigns". The Detroit News (Jonathan Wolman). 17 October 2014. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Detroit City Council, 1919 to present". Detroit Public Library. Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ http://www.freep.com/interactive/article/20130512/NEWS01/130512005/Detroit-city-council-compensation-comparison

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