Achievements during first year in office earned Executive Evans the conference’s top honor
At its 32nd Annual Economic Development Conference the National Organization of Black County Officials named Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans the 2016 County Executive of the Year for the work he did during his first year in office to turn around the County’s finances.
“Wayne County CEO Warren Evans came into office and hit the ground running. He took over a County whose structural deficit, and unfunded OPEB liability was so high that the County was on the verge of state receivership. Sixteen months after taking the Oath of Office, Warren Evans reduced the County’s OPEB unfunded liability by almost a billion dollars. Today, NOBCO honors Warren Evans as the County Executive of the Year. His innovative approach to solving problems is the type of leadership that every municipality could use,” said NOBCO Chairman Roy Brooks.
Under County Executive Evans leadership, the County has reduced OPEB liabilities by $850 million, consolidated multiple departments to improve service delivery and successfully renegotiated union contracts. These decisions prevented bankruptcy and an emergency manager while achieving the County’s first general fund surplus in more eight years. These are some of the accomplishments that led to NOBCO’s decision to select County Executive Evans to receive the conference’s highest honor.
“It is an honor to be selected by NOBCO as their 2016 County Executive of the Year,” said County Executive Evans. “I often get a lot of the credit, but I have assembled and outstanding team dedicated to carrying out my vision for Wayne County. “While we’ve made tremendous progress in a short period of time, we will not stop until our mission is complete.”
The National Organization of Black County Officials, Inc.is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 founded in 1982 in order to provide resources to empower and transform populations into more sustainable communities. NOBCO supports the service to counties and communities of elected and appointed county officials throughout the United States by providing education, training and a clearinghouse of best practices in government. The primary focus areas of NOBCO are health equity, civil rights, economic development, public safety, and environmental justice.