Director, Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD); former City of Detroit COO; Detroit City Council President Pro Tem
Gary A. Brown was elected as Detroit City Council president pro tem in November 2009. With a proven track record of integrity, visionary leadership and nearly 30 years of service to Detroiters, his focus is on improving public safety, enhancing education and balancing the budget. Brown serves as the chairman of the Public Health and Safety Standing Committee and represents City Council as board member of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), the Detroit Historical Society, and the Eastern Market District. He has adopted Bethune Fitzgerald Academy.
The former deputy police chief was born, educated and raised in Detroit. Brown is a former U.S. Marine with bachelor’s and master’s degrees. During 26 years of service with the Detroit Police Department, he served as commander of four precincts and deputy chief of the Professional Accountability Bureau. Brown led his neighborhood vacant house committee and was volunteer lecturer at Detroit’s Barsemian High School.