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 (except for July and November) 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:

Charter Commision Members

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Commission Chair Hassan F. Abdallah JD, CHC, CPCM 
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Hassan F. Abdallah was unanimously elected by his fellow commissioners to serve the pivotal role of chair of the Charter Commission. A lifelong Dearborn resident, he is a seasoned corporate compliance and legal officer, a certified civil mediator, and one of the youngest healthcare executives in the country. He has a long history of participation in youth recreation programs, is a Dearborn Rotary Club member, and volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and ACCESS.

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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 Elizabeth Bailey
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Elizabeth Bailey is a doctoral candidate of education at Wayne State University, whose research focuses on the role of learning in mental health treatment. Elizabeth's professional background is in nonprofit program development, with an emphasis on expanding opportunities for volunteers to connect with causes in a meaningful way. She has a passion for service and believes that policies can empower communities to become more connected, resilient and compassionate. 

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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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