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Willie Bell -Chairperson

Willie E. Bell

Chair,District 4

Willie E. Bell, a native of Hernando, Mississippi migrated to Detroit at an early age and graduated from Northeastern High School. He joined the United States Army in 1966, 1st Air Cavalry Division, and was stationed in the Republic of Vietnam for a portion of tenure in the service. He was honorably discharged in 1969 after attaining the rank of Sergeant.

In August 1971, Commissioner Bell joined the Detroit Police Department and served the Department and City for 32-years as a sworn officer. He retired in 2003 at the rank of Lieutenant. Commissioner Bell has dedicated his life and career to promoting justice, fairness, and effectiveness in law enforcement, with an emphasis on how it impacts issues facing the community. He contributes his time and talent to youth organizations and civic and community groups, as well. He is married and the father of two daughters and one granddaughter, and serves his church, Plymouth United Church of Christ, as an ordained Deacon.

Commissioner Bell holds a BS degree from Central Michigan University and is a 40 year resident of East English Village. He currently serves as chair of the Board of Police Commissioners.


Darryl D. Brown - District 1

Darryl D. Brown

Co-Chair,District 1

As a resident of Rosedale Park for over 20 years, Darryl D. Brown has an undying passion for his city and most importantly, his community. He and Thelma, his wife of 29 years, have raised their children in Rosedale Park since 1997. Brown has been an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church for the past 19 years. He has served as a member on Rosedale Park Improvement Association Board and as block captain for 10 years. He currently serves on the Rosedale Park Radio Patrol.

Brown is a System Supervisor for DTE Energy. He is a Wayne County Sheriff CERT Reserve, a retired Detroit Firefighter and the former Regional Director for the IABPFF (International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters). He is a graduate of the Executive Development Institute at Dillard University and currently is pursuing a B.S. in Emergency Management from Waldorf University.

Brown is also a missionary by nature. He works with many organizations throughout Detroit and is an advocate for empowerment, safety and volunteerism. It was through these volunteer opportunities that he taught Martial Arts to over 500 children in Metro Detroit and participated in rolling pantries feeding the homeless.

Through his faith and vision in the community, he is actively engaged in purchasing commercial properties with the hopes of bringing more locally owned businesses to the area. Most of all, he strives to help improve the quality of life in many areas in the community by focusing his efforts on increasing the number of public safety agents and volunteers.

Brown began serving as a Police Commissioner in 2018 and represents District 1.

Conrad Mallett, Jr. - District 2

Conrad Mallett, Jr.

District 2

Conrad L. Mallett is the Chief Executive Officer of Sinai-Grace Hospital. He previously served as DMC’s Chief Administration Officer and interim Chief Executive Officer of the DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. He also was President of Sinai-Grace Hospital 2003- 2011.

Mallett joined the DMC in 1999 as senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel. Previously, he was president and general counsel of Hawkins Food Group for one year before returning to the DMC as executive vice president and chief administrative officer.

His experience includes serving as a partner in two prestigious law firms and as a director for Kelly Services Inc. and Lear Corp.

Mallett became a justice for the Michigan Supreme Court in December 1990. His retired from the bench in January 1999 after serving for two years as Chief Justice.

Mallett earned his master’s degree in business administration from Oakland University, a law degree and master's in public administration from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California – Los Angeles.

Mallett previously served as an at-large Police Commissioner as a mayoral appointee. In November 2017, residents elected him to represent District 2 for a four-year term that began in January 2018.

Shirley A. Burch - District 3

Shirley A. Burch

District 3

Shirley A. Burch is a longtime champion of safe and clean neighborhoods. Her activism galvanized community residents and businesses for improvements in northeast Detroit. In 1998, she launched CUP: Community United for Progress.

A native of Alabama, Burch was a toddler when her family moved to Detroit. She graduated from Pershing High School and as a valedictorian at the Detroit School of Cosmetology.

Burch worked with the Detroit Public Schools in the Student Transportation Department, where her achievements included organizing the outreach program, Detroit’s BEST Can Do! Over the years, she has been active in the Belmont Police Mini Station and the CB Patrol for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. She spearheaded efforts to clean up Dad Butler Park and to make it a model as an inclusive park when children of all abilities can enjoy outdoor play in a safe and clean area. Her honors include the FBI Community Service Award and the Mayor of Detroit’s Outstanding Citizens Award.

A faithful member of Peace Baptist Church for 50 years, her civic involvement includes ARISE Detroit and Crime Stoppers of Michigan. She also was in the first graduating class of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training for disaster preparedness. She works as the business representative for Belmont Shopping Center and in partnership with both the center and Imperial Supermarkets. Her organization – CUP – is a Greenlight partner. She also serves as chaplain of the Dequindre Good Neighbor Block Club.

Burch is married and a loving mother of three sons. She began serving as a Police Commissioner in 2018 and represents District 3.

Willie E. Burton - District 5

Willie E. Burton

District 5

Willie E. Burton became the youngest police commissioner the U.S. when he took his seat in 2014 following his election by District 5 voters. He chairs the Promotions Appeals Committee of the Board and serves on the committees for the Budget and for Public Relations.

Nationally, he serves on the Finance and Newsletter Subcommittees of NACOLE, a national association for civilian oversight of law enforcement. Prior to election to the BOPC, he served a two-year appointment on the Detroit Public Schools Police and Public Safety Oversight Committee, and later as Director of Community Relations for Wayne County Commissioner Martha G. Scott (District 2). He also was the Detroit and Wayne County Field Director for the 2016 Bernie Sanders for President Campaign. His team was largely responsible for Sanders winning the state. He attended Central State University and majored in Business Administration.

Lisa A. Carter - District 6

Lisa  Carter

District 6

Lisa A. Carter is committed to the safety of the residents of the City of Detroit and the County of Wayne. Commissioner Carter is a lifelong resident of the City of Detroit and graduated from Cass Technical High School. She became a Deputy with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and retired at the rank of lieutenant after 27 years

Commissioner Carter has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Concordia University. She is also a graduate of the Eastern Michigan School of Staff and Command and the Central Michigan Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Institute. Currently employed at Wayne State University, Carter is the Research Assistant-Member Coordinator for the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Project. She and her husband Tyrone have two sons.

Carter has served as chair and vice chair of the Board of Police Commissioners since District 6 voters elected her in 2013 and her term began in January 2014.

William M. Davis - District 7

William M. Davis

District 7

A longtime community and labor leader, William M. Davis is a West Virginia native who grew up on Detroit’s west side. His family later moved to Highland Park, where he graduated from high school.

After earning an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Wayne County Community College, Davis went on to study criminal justice and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University.

He started his career at the City of Detroit in the Water and Sewerage Department. He held several assignments and advanced to shift manager at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. He also served as chief union steward for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and for UAW Supervisors.

After retiring in 2012, he continued to advocate for city workers. Davis became president of the newly formed Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association to protect their rights and benefits when the City declared bankruptcy.

His civic involvement includes serving as president of the National Action Network’s Detroit branch and as vice president of the Detroit Men Organization, a program that advocates for and mentors young men. One of his proudest achievements is serving as an elected precinct delegate for Precinct 410, which ranks consistently as one of Detroit’s highest voting precincts.

Davis has lived in Barton-McFarland for 30 years and serves on the board of the neighborhood association. Davis began serving as a Police Commissioner in 2018 and represents District 7.

Elizabeth Brooks - At-Large

Elizabeth Brooks

Member At-Large

Elizabeth W. Brooks has devoted her life to bettering her adopted community through volunteer work. Brooks, originally from North Carolina, has served on a multitude of boards since she and her husband settled in Michigan in 1998. She has served on many boards, including those of the Detroit Historical Museum, Motown Museum, Detroit Jazz Festival, Detroit Institute of Arts and on the Michigan State University College of Law Advisory Board

She remains active in the volunteer community today, serving on boards including the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Michigan Opera Theatre, Reading Works, Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan and the advisory board of Josephine Ford Cancer Institute at Henry Ford Health System. She is also chairing/co-chairing projects for organizations such as the 150th anniversary celebration for the Detroit Public Library and the second annual Eastern Market Harvest Celebration. Mayor Mike Duggan appointed Brooks to serve as one of four at-large members of the Board of Police Commissioners.

Eva Garza Dewaelsche - Member At-Large

Eva Garza Dewaelsche

Member At-Large

Eva Garza Dewaelsche is President and CEO of SER Metro-Detroit Jobs for Progress, Inc., a workforce development organization established 45 years ago with operations in the city of Detroit, Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania. Her tenure with SER Metro began some 30 years ago. She worked at National Bank of Detroit for 10 years, is a former Detroit Police Officer and previously served on the Detroit Police Commission from 1999-2003 under Mayor Dennis Archer.

Commissioner Dewaelsche is a graduate of Western High School in Detroit and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wayne State University. She is actively involved in the Detroit community serving on numerous boards and commissions including the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, Detroit Public Television, Comerica Community Development Advisory Committee, Wayne County Community Development Entity, New Detroit, Inc., Wayne State University Alumni Board and LA SED. She is a life-long resident of Detroit with her husband Robert, and they have two married daughters. Mayor Mike Duggan appointed Dewaelsche as one of four at-large members of the Board of Police Commissioners

Rev. Jim Holley, PhD - Member At-Large

Rev. Jim Holley, PhD

Member At-Large

Since 1972, Rev. Dr. Jim Holley has served as Senior Pastor of one of the largest congregations in Detroit, the Historic Little Rock Baptist Church.

A native of Philadelphia, Holley was raised in Tennessee and West Virginia. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 1965 and Master’s Degree in International Relations in 1968 from Tennessee State University. He went on to receive a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Chicago Theological Seminary, where he began working with Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, and other leaders in the civil rights movement.

His experience with horrendous racism and intimidation in both the South and North helped to shape and strengthen Rev. Holley’s commitment to justice and social change. As a community leader in Detroit, Holley has sought to guarantee the basic rights and dignity of others and has launched or expanded community-based programs for job training, family services, education, housing and other vital services. He is the author of numerous books on Faith and Spirituality. He also holds a Ph.D. in Education from Wayne State University.

In addition to his role as Pastor, Holley has served as Dean of Ashland Theological Seminary, President of the Council of Baptist Pastors, and President and CEO of Country Preacher Foods Inc., the largest minority food distributor in the world. He also served earlier as a Police Commissioner.

In April 2018, Holley began serving a new appointment as Police Commissioner At-Large.