Eric Sabree becomes first black Wayne County Treasurer

Eric Sabree is now the new Treasurer for Wayne County, it was announced on Monday. As Treasurer, Sabree is responsible for the receipt, custody, investment and disbursement of all county funds. He works on behalf of forty three municipalities in Wayne County and his major goal is to maintain an effective and efficient administration of property tax collection for the County. Prior to his appointment of Treasurer, Sabree held the positions of Chief Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer of Land Management in the Treasurer’s Office. He supervised the overall operation of the Office which included oversight of the staff and county resources required to manage all finance, forfeiture, and foreclosure activities.

Sabree supervised the investment of the County’s funds, assisted taxpayers with foreclosure prevention options, and conducted the largest tax foreclosure auctions in the United States. Prior to joining the Treasurer’s Office, Sabree was Chief Assistant Corporation Counsel for Wayne County. In his eleven years of leadership with the County, he has gained valuable experience and the skills to successfully serve the county’s residents and municipalities.

Sabree has had a long public service career with the City of Detroit. During his tenure, he held positions with the Buildings, Safety, Engineering, and Environmental Department and the Detroit Housing Commission. Before entering private law practice, he served as the Deputy Director and Director of the Planning and Development Department. He has committed his working career to providing quality public service to the residents of Detroit and Wayne County.

After receiving his undergraduate degree in Building Construction from Michigan State University, he obtained his law degree from the Detroit College of Law, now the Michigan State University College of Law. He is proud to have attended Miller Junior High School and Catholic Central High School in Detroit. He enjoys maintaining friendships and professional relationships with alumni from all of his former schools.

Eric Sabree is a State of Michigan Licensed Attorney and is admitted to practice law in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, and the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition, he is licensed in the State of Michigan as a Real Estate Broker and a Master Plumber.

He values community involvement and has a long history of volunteer service. He is the immediate past president of the Kiwanis Club No.1, Detroit and has committed twenty seven years to prison ministry work, visiting prisons throughout Michigan, Kansas, Indiana, and New Jersey. Currently, Sabree serves as an Advisory Board member for several organizations and the Michigan State University College of Law.

Sabree is proud and humbled to be part of a family that has a legacy of public service that includes establishing constitutional rights and legislation to ensure justice and equality of all people. He continues the family legacy of working selflessly through his efforts in his community of Wayne County to help people maintain and restore components in their lives that provide them with the dignity that they and their families deserve. He feels there is no greater challenge and honor than to continue the family’s historical commitment to public service with integrity. Eric is married to Badriyyah and they are proud parents of three adult children whose careers and volunteerism are on track for continuing the family legacy.


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