Evans Wayne County’s “best hope for a turnaround,” Duggan says
DETROIT, MI – Calling him a proven leader with a track record of getting things done, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan today, July 1, 2014 endorsed Warren C. Evans for Wayne County Executive. Duggan was unequivocal in backing Evans, saying that he is Wayne County’s “best hope for a turnaround.”
“Evans’ turnaround management experience extends far beyond the world of crime fighting,” Duggan said during a news conference held at Evans campaign headquarters in Detroit. “In the 1990s…he transformed a facility on the brink of federal oversight to being a model hailed by the U.S. Department of Justice for improving the lives of troubled youth.”
Duggan was joined at Tuesday’s announcement by Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy; Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja; Mike Jackson of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights along with a host of other religious, labor and community leaders.
Evans said the endorsement reaffirms his commitment to running a collaborative form of government.
His other plans include better fiscal management, increasing population, shoring up the county’s roads and mass transit and supporting small businesses.
“The only way to move the county forward is to have cooperation with other elected leaders,” Evans said. “That’s been my approach with every job I’ve held.”
Others who have endorsed Evans’ bid include Operating Engineers, Local 324; Government Administrators Association; UFCW, Local 876, Detroit Police Lieutenants and Sergeants Association; UNITE HERE, The Black Slate, Sen. Bert Johnson, Sen. Tupac Hunter, Bishop Marvin Winans, the Independent Business Association and Livonia City Council President Maureen Miller Brosnan. A May 16th poll showed Evans leading his opponents by double digits.
A lifelong public servant, Evans has worked and managed through some of the county’s toughest times. As sheriff, he managed a $150 million budget and 1,300 employees. As Detroit Police Chief, he helped to reduce crime by 27 percent. Evans’ efforts include halting foreclosures as sheriff; going after slumlords as an assistant prosecutor and saving the juvenile detention facility from federal oversight.