Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

December 21, 2020 

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Governor Whitmer Makes Appointments to Boards and Commissions 

  

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the following appointments to the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board ("Children's Trust Fund")Civil Service CommissionJudicial Tenure Commission, and Wayne County Airport Authority.  

 

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board ("Children's Trust Fund") 

 

Sharif Hussein, of Okemos, is the chief executive officer of LPK, LLC, a strategic consulting company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland and he attended the Executive Leadership Program at Yale University. Mr. Hussein is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing December 21, 2020 and expiring December 19, 2023. He succeeds David Zyble whose term expired December 19, 2020. 

 

Earl R. Major, of Brighton, is the vice president of human resources for Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and a Master of Science in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management from Purdue University. Mr. Major is appointed to represent the general public for a term commencing December 21, 2020 and expiring December 19, 2022. He succeeds Jason Gold who has resigned.  

 

Kristin Totten, of Kalamazoo, is an education attorney for ACLU of Michigan. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Cedarville College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Akron. Ms. Totten is appointed to represent the legal community for a term commencing December 21, 2020 and expiring December 19, 2023. She succeeds Kathleen Trott whose term expires December 19, 2020.  

 

The Children's Trust Fund (CTF) was established by the Michigan Legislature in 1982 and serves as a voice for Michigan's children and families and promotes their health, safety, and welfare by funding effective local programs and services that prevent child abuse and neglect.   

   

These appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.    

 

Civil Service Commission 

 

Nick Ciaramitaro, of Roseville, is the retired director of legislation and policy at Michigan AFSCME Council 25. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Detroit and a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University. Mr. Ciaramitaro is appointed to represent Democrats for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2028. He succeeds James Barrett whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

The Civil Service Commission is empowered by Article XI, Section 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963 to classify all positions in the classified service according to their respective duties and responsibilities, fix rates of compensation for all classes of positions, and approve or disapprove disbursements for all personal services. The Commission also determines by competitive examination and performance exclusively on the basis of merit, efficiency and fitness the qualifications of all candidates for positions in the classified service, makes rules and regulations covering all personnel transactions, and regulates all conditions of employment in the classified service. 

 

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.  

 

Judicial Tenure Commission 

 

Danielle Chaney, of West Bloomfield, is the director of human resources at Common Ground. She holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from Michigan State University. Ms. Chaney is appointed to represent a general public member appointed by the Governor for a term commencing January 1, 2021 and expiring December 31, 2023. She succeeds Ari Adler whose term expires December 31, 2020. 

 

The Judicial Tenure Commission serves to promote the integrity of the judicial process and preserve public confidence in the courts. The Commission strives to hold state judges, magistrates, and referees accountable for their misconduct without jeopardizing or compromising the essential independence of the judiciary. The basis for Commission action is a violation of the Code of Judicial Conduct or Rules of Professional Conduct, which are published with the Michigan Rules of Court.  

 

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

 

Wayne County Airport Authority 

 

Dennis W. Archer, Jr., of Detroit, is the CEO of Ignition Media Group. Mr. Archer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan. Mr. Archer is appointed to represent a member appointed by the Governor for a term commencing December 21, 2020 and expiring October 1, 2026. He succeeds Ronald Hall, Jr. whose term expired October 1, 2020. 

 

The Wayne County Airport Authority is responsible for the management and operation of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Willow Run Airport - including the power to plan, promote, extend, maintain, acquire, purchase, construct, improve, repair, enlarge, and operate both airports. The Authority has established guidelines for competitive bidding of contracts, including provisions to ensure maximum participation of disadvantaged businesses, minority businesses and other targeted business enterprises. 

 

This appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

 

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