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Remote Access Information for Charter Commission Meetings

The Dearborn City Charter Commission consists of nine elected members. Their meetings are held twice a month on the first and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Dearborn Administrative Center. 

Meeting: March 20, 2024
Topic: City Charter Commission Meeting

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Meeting ID: 849 0608 1253

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SMART Bus and Dearborn celebrate 25 years of providing service; why users love the Senior Transportation Program

In 2022, the Dearborn Senior Transportation program commemorates 25 years of service of a robust partnership between the City and SMART that moves approximately 200 seniors, 60 years and over, and individuals with disabilities weekly.

It connects people to locations within the City and meets their needs respectfully and reliably. If it didn’t, it wouldn’t have a longtime rider like Pat Carrier, who’s been using the program for nearly 10 years.

A former Miss Dearborn, Carrier says she’s “gung-ho” about Dearborn. And now she can get around and see her old haunts, like the Dearborn Player’s Guild.

She started using the service when she was waiting at a bus stop and a senior transport driver rolled down her window to tell her about the program. This kind of customer service was reiterated by another user, Thelma Banks: “A driver helped me to and from the door of a T-Mobile, because I walk with a cane. He didn’t have to do that. I’m 95, and they help out quite a bit.”

For Carrier, the program has been essential for making it to doctor’s appointments after having both knees replaced.

“I have a subscription that slots me in every week, and the nice thing is they always call and let you confirm your time.” Though she does have her driver’s license, she said she prefers using the buses to get around. “I can count on these people, and no pumping gas, no car insurance.”

The city is pleased, in conjunction with SMART, to have been able to provide this low-cost benefit to residents since 1997.

Anyone who would like to take advantage of the program can schedule a bus by calling 943-4083. Service hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Please call a minimum of four days in advance to schedule the service. Appointments can be made for the hours between 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The fee is $1 each way, however no one is refused rides in difficult situations.

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Yard waste collection, including bagged leaves, ends week of Dec.13-17

To continue to serve our citizens during a season that saw late-falling leaf debris, the collection of yard waste, including bagged or containerized leaves, will be extended by one week this year. That means each collection day from Dec. 13-17. will be a neighborhood’s last of the year.

Individuals should place their bagged or containerized leaves on the easement alongside their trash and recycling carts. Pick up of bagged leaves and yard waste occurs the same day as your normal trash day.

After a neighborhood’s final pick up, the city’s trash contractor will not collect any bagged leaves or containerized leaves, or any other yard waste, until March 2022.

A neighborhood’s final loose-leaf pick up occurred on their trash day Nov. 29-Dec. 3.

If residents still have yard waste or bagged leaves to dispose of in 2021, they can drop it off at the DPW yard on the third Saturday of each month. The next scheduled DPW yard day is Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

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Dearborn City Charter Commission

The Dearborn City Charter Commission consists of nine elected members. Their meetings are held monthly or bi-monthly at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at the Dearborn Administrative Center.

Please click on the links below to view Charter Commission agendas, meetings, and notices:

The documents contained within the 2024 PROPOSED DEARBORN City Charter folder reflect the final proposed revised Charter proposed by the elected City of Dearborn Charter Commission. This revised Charter has been approved in accordance and in alignment with State law by the Attorney General's office and the office of the Honorable Governor Gretchen Whitmer. 

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Charter Commission Members

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Commission Chair Hassan F. Abdallah JD, CHC, CPCM 
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Hassan F. Abdallah was unanimously voted by his peers to serve as Chairman of the Charter Commission from November 2021. Hassan Abdallah is an accomplished and seasoned professional in the field of healthcare compliance, serving as the Head of Healthcare Compliance at MCRA. Mr. Abdallah served in several compliance leadership roles, focusing on compliance program development, audit representation, and regulatory guidance for healthcare transactions. His previous experience includes serving as the former Head of Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer at Oscar Health and Health Alliance plan respectively. In February 2024, he was appointed to the Michigan Board of Medicine by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, where he oversees the State’s largest professional board responsible for the oversight and disciplinary investigations of licensed healthcare professionals.


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Commission Vice-Chair Sharon Dulmage
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Sharon Dulmage has been a Dearborn resident since 1963. She is a registered nurse employed by PACE of Southeast Michigan. Her many years of community involvement include serving as trustee of Dearborn Public Schools and Henry Ford College for 23 years. She earned degrees at Henry Ford College, Detroit College of Business and Central Michigan University.

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Commissioner Laura Dudgeon
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Laura Dudgeon chose Dearborn as a place to raise her son nearly 35 years ago.  She retired from AT&T after 30 years. Her entire life has been volunteering in the community. Currently, Laura works with the League of Women Voters, Dearborn Democrats, NAACP and AAUW.  In the past she was active with Citizens for Dearborn Schools, Pet-A-Pet Therapy, RMQP Innocent Victims of Gun Crimes, Dearborn Youth Association, PTA, Boy Scouts, and Football Moms.

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Commissioner Hussein M. Hachem
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Hussein M. Hachem is a multiple award-winning education advocate and entrepreneur whose dedication to diversity, inclusiveness and learning has earned him the reputation as an innovative leader in the educational and nonprofit sectors. Throughout the course of nearly a decade, he has cultivated in-depth expertise in his field and received extensive acclaim. Hussein is the founder and CEO of EduCare Student Services and What's Up Media Network. Infinitely dedicated to his community, he also holds active memberships at numerous renowned nonprofit organizations.

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Commissioner Timothy Shawn Harrison
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Timothy Harrison is a lifelong resident of Dearborn with his wife and two children. For the past seven years, he has been involved with the Southwestern Outer Drive Neighborhood Association of Dearborn and served as president for the last six years. As a member and team leader with the Healthy Dearborn Coalition, Timothy has been instrumental in planning, organizing and executing programs as part of the Healthy Environments for Physical Activity Action Team. He also enjoys biking and promoting an active lifestyle through building a biking community.

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Commissioner Dr. Cheryl Hawkins
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Dr. Cheryl Hawkins has called Dearborn home for 39 years, and it’s where she and her husband raised their two sons, Timothy and Michael. She holds a doctorate degree in education and recently retired from Schoolcraft College, where she ended her career as vice president and chief academic officer. Cheryl serves as the chair of the board of directors for the Development Centers. She considers herself a lifelong learner, enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, Charlie and Maddy, and is honored to be elected to serve on the Charter Commission.

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Commissioner James O’Connor
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James O’Connor moved to Dearborn early in grade school and considers himself a lifelong Dearborn resident. He has lived in both the east and west sides of town and is proud to call Dearborn home.  James retired Dec. 31, 2018 as the treasurer and Finance Department director of the City of Dearborn with over 26 years of service. He’s interested in the long-term best interest of the entire community.

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Commissioner L. Glenn O’Kray
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L. Glenn O’Kray has been married to C. Jane O’Kray for 55 years, and they have two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca. He was the director of financial aid at Henry Ford College for 30 years and also was an adjunct instructor. He has been an officer on the Dearborn Historical Commission, Morley Area Residents Association, Museum Guild of Dearborn, Dearborn Democratic Club, Henry Ford College Adjunct Faculty Organization, and the College Administrators Association, and is a lector at Sacred Heart.  He moderates the CDTV program “Through the Arsenal Gates,” and edited/co-edited six books on Dearborn and produced “Building America: Immigrant Stories of Hope and Hardship.”

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Commissioner Kimberly Ismail
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Kimberly Ismail is a lifelong resident of Dearborn, and her entire professional career has been predicated on hard work. She began her business career with Ford Motor Company and then transitioned to the Educational sector. Kimberly works as an Administrative Assistant/Office Manager for the Dearborn Public School District. She volunteers in her community and advocates for those who are food insecure. She serves on many boards and enjoys traveling with her son, Mohamad. Kimberly is writing a children's book about kindness and good virtues.  

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*Elizabeth Bailey was duly elected to the Dearborn Charter Commission in November 2021 and served until her resignation on March 20, 2024.

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2023 Veteran of the Year Nomination Forms Available Now

Nomination forms are now available for Dearborn’s 2023 Veteran of the Year! Dearborn residents and/or members of Dearborn Veteran organizations are welcome to submit their nominations by Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. 

Each year, the Veteran of the Year program raises awareness of the admirable volunteer efforts of local veterans and aims to thank them in a meaningful way through mentor, peer, and community recognition. The 2023 Veteran of the Year will be honored during the city’s annual Veterans Day Ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023.

Judging Criteria

  • Nominee must belong to a veteran’s organization that is part of the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council (DAWVC)
  • Nominee’s community service and work on behalf of veterans’ causes must have been done on a volunteer basis
  • Nominee does not need to be a Dearborn resident

The selection of the Veteran of the Year is made by past Veterans of the Year.

Nomination forms may be submitted physically or digitally. Completed forms may be mailed or dropped off to:             

ATTN: Community Relations Department
City of Dearborn            
16091 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI 48126-3586

OR emailed to:

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Questions may be directed to Scott Rumfield, DAWVC Commander, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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