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Wayne County Chief Deputy Treasurer Melanie Kersey, a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has been appointed as the second in charge at the Treasurer’s Office, it was announced today.

“I am very pleased to have Melanie Kersey join the leadership team of the Treasurer’s Office to assist me as we engage in best practices to serve the taxpayers of Michigan’s largest county,” said Treasurer Eric R. Sabree. “We now have an executive management team in place that has the administrative experience and expertise to reduce foreclosures and implement efficiencies in our overall operations.”

Kersey was named to the post after a brief retirement after a 25-year career with the FBI in the Cleveland Field Office, Detroit Field Office and other locations. As a Special Agent, her responsibilities included domestic counter-terrorism, health care fraud investigations, white collar crime, major violent crimes and fugitive apprehension programs. In addition, she served as a recruiter for Special Agents and support personnel at the agency.

“The Detroit area is my home and I am very pleased at this opportunity to make a difference in Wayne County in helping lead the Treasurer’s office into the 21st Century with new technologies, service programs and enhanced transparency,” said Kersey. “I am delighted that Treasurer Sabree has chosen me for this important role as part of a management team that will enhance efficiencies in all operations of the office.”

She added that her responsibilities at the Treasurer’s office include management of day-to-day operations, executive in charge in the absence of the Treasurer and reviewing efficiency programs to collect delinquent property taxes and foreclosure reduction.

Kersey earned a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University and undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University. An Ordained Minister of 12 years, Ms. Kersey has also taught learning disabled students and mathematics to regular education students as well as visually and learning impaired students.

Other October appointments by Treasurer Sabree include:  Solon M. Philips has been appointed the Deputy Treasurer of Forfeiture/Foreclosure and Paul Zelenak was promoted to the Assistant Deputy Treasurer of Finance.

Mr. Phillips brings extensive experience and legal training to his role as the executive in charge of property forfeitures and foreclosure actions on behalf of the Wayne County Treasurer.

Mr. Phillips previously served as Chief Administrative Corporation Counsel for the City of Detroit Law Department. Other government experience includes Deputy Chief of Staff for the Office of Wayne County Executive after previously serving as Assistant Corporation Counsel. Mr. Phillips also has experience working in private practice law firms. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI and Bachelor of Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Mr. Zelenak has a B.S. in accounting from Lake Superior State University and has worked for the Treasurer’s Office for 26 years.  He has extensive experience with Michigan property tax law and is a knowledgeable resource for the taxing authorities throughout the County.

Photos of Ms. Kersey and Mr. Phillips attached. To contact the Wayne County Treasurer’s office send an email totaxinfo@waynecounty.com, visit us at 400 Monroe in Detroit, MI, or call 313-224-5990.

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