Sheila Cockrel

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Sheila Cockrel
Member of the Detroit City Council
Assumed office
1993[1]
Personal details
Spouse(s) Kenneth Cockrel, Sr. (deceased)
Children

Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. (stepson)

Katherine Victoria Cockrel (daughter)
Residence Corktown, Detroit

Sheila M. Cockrel née Sheila Murphy(born November 3, 1947)[2] is a former member of the Detroit City Council. She was a member of the Council from 1994 to 2009.[3] The widow of Kenneth Cockrel, Sr., she's the stepmother of Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. Sheila Cockrel "had [a] fractious relationship with" Monica Conyers, so when the latter resigned, the former called the action "an appropriate decision".[4] When Dave Bing proposed a water rate hike, Sheila Cockrel was among those who voted in favor.[5]

Current Activities[edit]

In 2009, Ms. Cockrel joined the adjunct faculty of Wayne State University's Irvin D. Reid Honors College. She teaches two seminars and is on the Board of Visitors.[6] She is the founder, CEO and president of Crossroads Consulting Group, a firm that provides assistance to companies that want to bring strategic business solutions to local governments.[3] She established Crossroads in 2009.[7]

Testimony[edit]

In 2008, Cockrel testified in an alleged scandal involving John Clark, former chief-of-staff to Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., taking bribes from Synagro Technologies which won a $47-million sludge disposal contract with the city.[8] Cockrel was one of five members of the council who voted in favor of this deal despite protests from residents.[8]

Education[edit]

Cockrel has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Master of Arts in urban planning from Wayne State University.[7]

Family Life[edit]

Cockrel is a Detroit native whose parents, Louis and Justine Murphy, founded the Catholic Worker Movement in Detroit. The family oversaw the operations of the St. Martha House of Hospitality, a home for men and a soup-kitchen for the needy. She married Ken, Sr. in 1978 and they had a daughter, Katherine, in 1985. In 1988 Ken died.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gorchow, Zachary (July 1, 2008). "Sheila Cockrel: 'I don't want a cloud hanging over my name'". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  2. ^ Johannes F Spreen, Diane Holloway. Who Killed Detroit? New York: iUniverse (2005) page 70. ISBN 0-595-35798-9, ISBN 978-0-595-35798-7
  3. ^ a b Cockrel, Sheila. "Sheila Cockrel: Why I'm voting to take the Detroit pension cut". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Josar, David; Nichols, Darren A. (June 29, 2009). "Conyers to resign from Detroit City Council on July 6". Detroit News. 
  5. ^ Patton, Naomi R. (June 24, 2009). "Bing to try again for water rate hike". Detroit Free Press. 
  6. ^ a b "ABOUT: Shelia Cockrel". Crossroads Consulting. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Sheila Cockrel". Detroit Chamber. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Ashenfelter, David; Angel, Cecil (September 5, 2008). "Sheila Cockrel called to testify before grand jury". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2009-07-11.