Bill Wild Announces “Ethics 2.0” to Protect County Taxpayers

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Once again setting the agenda in the race for Wayne County Executive, Bill Wild has announced Ethics 2.0: Five Fixes to Protect County Taxpayers.
“It’s time for change in Wayne County,” said Wild. “Everywhere I go, voters tell me they’re tired of the scandals, the indictments and the guilty pleas for bribery, extortion, fraud and obstruction of justice.”
“We need open, honest government every year, not just in an election year,” said Wild. “When I take office, I’ll appoint a full-time, independent ethics officer and take other actions to clean up Wayne County government and protect taxpayers against the misuse of public money.”
Wild is the only major candidate in the race who has never held county office or been on the county payroll. He is the first to put forward a plan to clean up corruption in county government, with specific steps a new County Executive can take in January, 2015.
Ethics 2.0 is available for review now on the Wild4WayneCounty.com website. Voters can comment and make suggestions by emailing ethics@Wild4WayneCounty.com
“I’m asking voters across the county to take a look and give us your feedback,” said Wild. “We’ll take the best ideas and suggestions, improve our proposal and be ready to act in January, 2015.”

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Ethics 2.0 is a five-step plan, including
• A full-time ethics officer, appointed based on recommendations by non-profit and professional organizations. Because ethics must be a priority for county government, it must be fully staffed and fully funded.
• Posting of all county contracts at WayneCounty.gov, to insure a fair, transparent procurement process for goods and services paid for by Wayne County taxpayers.
• Empower the Ethics Officer to file complaints before the County Ethics Board, so that no individual is concerned about retaliation.
• Mandatory ethics training for appointees of the County Executive, when appointed and every year thereafter. We need mechanisms to prevent wrongdoing, as well as tools to expose and sanction problems when they occur.
• Public hearings for Removal of Ethics Board members. As County Executive, Bill Wild will require a report from the independent full-time Ethics Officer and call for a public hearing if any county official takes action to remove a member of the Ethics Board. If there is a good reason for a Board member’s removal, it should hold up to public scrutiny.
“We need real teeth into Wayne County ethics policies and ordinances, because whatever we’re doing now isn’t working,” said Wild. “Reform starts at the top. I’m putting my plan before the voters and I’ll be ready to act in January. In my administration, everyone will know that ethics matter, taxpayers come first, and the only reason to hold public office is to do the people’s business.”

Detroit Chamber endorses Bill Wild

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The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, representing business leaders across the metro Detroit area, has endorsed Bill Wild, Democratic Candidate for Wayne County Executive.

“Mayor Wild has proven in his tenure at the helm of Wayne County’s third-largest city that he has the right experience to bring Wayne County’s finances back in order,” said Terence Thomas, chairman of the Chamber PAC Board. “Mayor Wild took over a fiscally troubled city and balanced seven consecutive budgets while creating a rainy day fund with $5 million. We look forward to Mayor Wild using this experience as Wayne County Executive.”

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“I’m honored to have the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC) join the many people and organizations supporting our campaign for new leadership,” said Wild. “Mayor Bill Wild. “We’re working to bring business, labor and the 43 communities across Wayne County together to work on common goals. It’s going to take a team approach to balance our budget and still deliver top quality services to Wayne County residents and taxpayers. I’m ready to fix the fiscal problems, restore integrity, and get Wayne County working again.”

Wild, who has served as Mayor of Westland since 2007, has also been a small business owner in Wayne County for 25 years, owning an auto recycling business in Wayne. He is the only candidate in the race for Wayne County Executive with executive experience in both the public and private sector.

Candidates Forum at New Covenant of Peace in Detroit

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I had a great time in northeast Detroit during the “Candidates in the Community” forum on June 16, which featured candidates for Wayne County Executive.

The forum was held at New Covenant of Peace World Impact Ministries, led by Bishop Tony Russell and located on Van Dyke just south of Eight Mile Road. Ms. Melia Howard, a community resident, and Quinn Klinefelter, a reporter at WDET-FM 101.9, served as moderators.

In addition to sharing my dismay at the recent ethical scandals that have plagued the County Executive’s office, I shared my belief that the decision on how to proceed with the failed jail project should not be a hasty one. Exactly how Wayne taxpayers recover from this $170 million disaster should be thought through carefully, with a decision made after the 2014 election cycle.

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Understanding that job creation, economic development and crime are major issues for Detroit and Wayne County voters, I discussed my record as Westland mayor. I’ve worked with the business community to maintain and create thriving retail and entertainment opportunities for area residents who work and shop there. “We can do the same thing throughout the county of Wayne,” I said.

As I crisscross Wayne County’s 43 communities, I hear the same thing from residents. They want the scandals to end. They want pride restored in Wayne County. They want their kids and grandkids to have a great place to call home.

That’s why I’m running for Wayne County Executive.

Over 600 Attend Meet & Greet with Bill Wild in Detroit

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What a great weekend with more than 600 people in attendance at a meet-and-greet event with Bill Wild in Detroit. Fifty-eight days away from the August 5th primary, and no other campaign comes close to matching Team Wild’s turnout and voter enthusiasm. Three hundred new volunteers signed up to help carry our message about new leadership, cleaning up corruption and bringing ethics and open government to Wayne County.

Many thanks to Food Pride, on Warren Avenue in Detroit, for hosting this event. Team Wild is campaigning in all 43 communities of Wayne County, bringing people together to create change.

Next Up: Wild for a New Wayne County Picnic, Tuesday June 10th, from 5:30 to 7:30 at Rotary Park, Pavilion 1, 32300 Six Mile Road, Livonia. A great chance to meet great people – and a great way to get involved in this summer’s most dynamic political campaign. See you there!

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Fish Fry with the Holy Trinity Church in Detroit gets Wild!

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Had a great time yesterday at the Holy Trinity Church of Detroit’s annual Fish Fry. It was a festive opportunity to connect with Wayne County voters and others. The event was held at the Gaelic League Irish American Club on Michigan Avenue in the Corktown area. One of the special treats was talking with a group of retired school teachers and administrators from Westland.
People are discussing our platform and our momentum for the office of Wayne County Executive. As I travel throughout the 43 communities, people are telling me that they are tired of the corruption. They want someone to fix the mess.
As a budget-balancing and union-friendly Democrat who has gotten the job done in Westland, I’m ready to hit the ground running as Wayne County Executive.

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Momentum Building on Mackinac at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference

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Team Wild continues to be the talk of this year’s Mackinac Island Policy Conference. Our billboards greeted visitors on their way to the island; campaign volunteers are greeting conference-goers with t-shirts and literature, and we’re getting ready for a fundraiser and reception at the historic Cloghaun Bed and Breakfast on Market Street.

As Chris Gautz of Crain’s Detroit Business said in a Tweet earlier today, “I’ve seen more signage for Bill Wild than I’ve seen for the #mpc14 itself.”

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Beyond the billboards: Building on the momentum created by campaign visibility, Mayor Wild has kept a busy schedule, discussing key issues facing Wayne County in depth with business and civic leaders like U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters. He’s also had a full round of media appearances, including interviews with TV2, WWJ, the Detroit Metro Times and Face Detroit with the Michigan Chronicle’s Bankole Thompson. Talks with WJR and MLive.com are scheduled for tomorrow.

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Wild Billboards Set the Stage for Mackinac Island Policy Conference

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As civil and business leaders gather on Mackinac Island for the annual Policy Conference sponsored by the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Team Wild is once again setting the pace in the campaign for Wayne County executive.
As reported in the Detroit Free Press this weekend, Bill Wild’s campaign for new leadership in Wayne County is featured in three highly visible billboards, strategically placed along I-75, where they will be seen by travelers headed north to attend the Mackinac Island event.
The billboards ask: “Got Vision?” “Got Leaderhip?” and “Got Regional Cooperation?”
No other Wayne County candidate has taken advantage of this opportunity, leaving Team Wild alone at the head of the pack.
“We need a real conversation about how to get Wayne County back on track,” says Wild, who led a dramatic turnaround as Mayor of Westland, turning a $50 million deficit into a $5.6 million dollar surplus. “I’m looking forward to a lot of good discussions this week. But what really matters is how we can bring home change for the taxpayers and residents of Wayne County.”

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Memorial Day 2014 – A Time to Reflect

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Memorial Day is a great time for parades and barbeques. It’s the traditional start of the summer season and a great day to spend time with friends and family.
But let’s never forget the real reason for this holiday: We are honoring those who lost their lives while serving our country.
Here in the United States, it can be easy to take freedom for granted. We can post on Facebook, write a letter to the editor, or get involved in a political campaign without thinking twice. But that’s not true everywhere. The reason we enjoy those freedoms here is because of the brave sacrifices made by men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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As we spend time with our families this weekend, let’s remember there are families who are missing a loved one because he or she never came back from their service to our country. We are forever in your debt, and we honor you by remembering each year, the real reason for Memorial Day.

Thank you Brenda Perryman on WHPR TV-33 in Highland Park

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I was thrilled to discuss what makes my campaign for new leadership in Wayne County with Ms. Brenda Perryman on her weekly show, which airs on WHPR-TV33 in Highland Park. There’s a clear distinction between myself and others who are running for County Executive: I’m an outsider with a proven track record in both small business and public service.

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I pledged to bring my experience as a budget-balancing, union-friendly local executive to the County of Wayne As I travel throughout the county’s 43 communities, it’s become as clear as a bell: Wayne County residents want change.I will work with local communities, county officials and citizens to provide the change we deserve.

Bill Wild on Flashpoint Discussing the Concerns of Wayne County Residents

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Bill Wild on TV-4’s Flashpoint – May 11, 2014

I had a chance to speak with TV 4’s Devin Scillian this weekend, and he asked a question I hear a lot: Why do you want this job? Because I think I can make a contribution, and focus on the needs of Wayne County taxpayers and residents. Westland has faced problems similar to Wayne County: huge deficits, the loss of state shared revenue, declining property values.
Our city has a balanced budget now, with a five million dollar surplus. I think we can replicate that success. Wayne County does not need an emergency manager; we need an executive with turnaround experience.
Devin also asked about the county’s most recent plan to eliminate its $175 million deficit. You don’t see labor coming to the table, you don’t see the sheriff or the prosecutor or the communities that are being asked to buy county assets. I also don’t see any shared sacrifice – the plan has no cuts from the executive and his department. I can’t see the county commission moving forward on the plan as currently structured.

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We also talked about the current county executive’s relationship with Prosecutor Kym Worthy. It’s fractured, to say the least. We’re very fortunate to have a prosecutor as talented and passionate as Kym Worthy; we need a county executive who can reach out and work with her to make public safety a priority. We absolutely need to deal with the rape kits that have gone untested for years. It’s a disgrace and we need to fix it.
Devin asked another question that is on many people’s minds: After all the scandals, how do you change the culture of country government? People want to trust their government again. It starts with hiring people with integrity who are committed to public service. And you’ve got to have a CEO who holds people accountable. In Westland, I’m hands-on, I’m a 24-7 guy. That’s what we need in Wayne County. It’s a $2 billion budget and you’ve got to be watching it.
Thanks to Devin and the team at WDIV’s Flashpoint for a good discussion about the issues facing Wayne County.