Ann Arbor is the sixth-largest Municipality in Michigan and is located in the southeastern part of the state. The City has 117,000 residents and hosts five colleges and universities, and operates 156 parks spanning over 2000 acres. One of the most environmentally friendly cities around, Ann Arbor has a progressive recycling program and takes great measures toward the preservation of the city’s green space.
The City of Ann Arbor has a Mayor/Council form of government and is the County seat for Washtenaw County. Although many of us enjoy the benefits of living and working in such a great community, not all of us are able to share in the same benefit. Howard Lazarus has been the City Administrator for the city of Ann Arbor since June of 2016. He came to the City of Ann Arbor with over 30 years of public and private sector success; including holding several positions at the executive level.
Mr. Lazarus has collaborated with Washtenaw County’s Administrator, Greg Dill to create the One Community Initiative Advancing Racial Equity in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County. A joint website has been created to share our commitment and document our progress in the advancement of racial equity within the City of Ann Arbor. Leadership and middle management from the City of Ann Arbor have committed to training with GARE to learn more about how we can become aware of where racial inequity exists in the community and what the role government can play in improving or eliminating that inequity.
After the educational phase, a plan to incorporate racial equity in community services, programs, hiring practices, service delivery model and interactions with the public and community partners will be developed.