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Friday, January 31, 2014

A beginner's guide to the Birmingham City Commission.

 As the saying goes, you can't tell the players without a score card..Consider this your scorecard. The commissioners are listed and  depicted as they appear in the City of Birmingham  website. As commissions go  Birmingham 's is rather mature. Of the seven members elected to four year terms, all have been elected in the first decade of this century. 
The first was elected in 2001 and the last in 2009. All with the exception of the the latter all will achieve double digit longevity by the time the their current term expires.

In comparison in City of Bloomfield Hills only one member of the commission has double digit longevity and none of the other four could mathematically achieve it until the year 2020;

The Birmingham commissioners unlike their Bloomfield Hills counterparts  who sit in a straight line, sit in a curved dais which makes viewing  difficult. If this writer remembers correctly the left to right order from the audience perspective is  Nakita, Sherman, Dillard, Moore, Rinschler, Hoff, and McDaniel.

First timers attending a Birmingham Commission meeting  will quickly realize that one is not in Kansas anymore. Evening meetings can  last  to midnight and are held twice a month. Audience members usually  pick which agenda items to attend. Some topics are standing room only with the overflow sitting on the floor. Part of the length of the meetings is the result of extensive public comment which occurs topic by topic as determined by the mayor.

All items marked in red are links that  be clicked on to email a commissioner or to  obtain future meeting dates and information.

The Birmingham City Commission meets on the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Commission Room on second floor of Birmingham City Hall at 151 Martin Street, Birmingham. 

Upcoming Meeting Schedulee Long  Range  Planning  Meeting Saturday 2/1/14
                                                   Library  Bond  Issue Ballot Language  Monday  2/10/14
Mayor Scott Moore
Commissioner George Dilgard
Commissioner Rackeline J. Hoff
Commissioner Tom McDaniel
Commissioner Mark
Commissioner Gordon Rinschler
Mayor Pro Tem Stuart Lee Sherman  

Scott MooreScott D. Moore, Mayor

Elected November, 2003 
Past Boards/Appointments:
  • The Birmingham City Commission from 1995 to 1999 
  • Mayor 1999, 2006
  • Mayor Pro Tem 1998, 2005 
  • Birmingham Senior Foundation Board
  • Woodward Avenue Action Association Board
  • Birmingham Employees Retirement Board
Current Affiliations: 
  • Vice President, Cultural Council of Birmingham-Bloomfield
  • Board member, Birmingham-Bloomfield Community Coalition
  • Member, First Baptist Church of Birmingham (Former President of Education Ministries for the American Baptist Churches USA)
  • MOSES (Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength)
Scott is an attorney, a certified mediator and has a secondary teaching certificate. Scott is married to Joan (Lawyer for EDS and immediate past president of Automation Alley). He has one daughter Paige. Scott enjoys reading, gardening and sports (especially golf).
shermanStuart Lee Sherman,

Mayor Pro Tem

Elected in 2005
Past Boards/Appointments: 
  • Mayor, 2009
  • Mayor Pro Tem, 2008
  • Board of Review
  • Hearing Officer
  • Ad Hoc Sewer Committee
  • Retirement Board
  • Retiree Health Care Fund Investment Committee
Current affiliations:
  • Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Executive Board
  • Camp Oasis for kids with IBD
  • Distinguished Clown Corp, Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Finance Committee at his children’s school
  • Birmingham Sewer Lateral and Water Line Replacement Community Group
  • Committee Chair, Cub Scout Pack 613
  • Co-Pack Master, Cub Scout Pack 613
Stuart is a tax attorney and adjunct professor.  He has a daughter Alexandra and son Justin.

George DilgardGeorge Dilgard, Commissioner

Elected in November, 2007 
Past Boards/Appointments:
  • Mayor, 2013
  • Mayor Pro Tem, 2012
  • Planning Board
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Shain Park Parking Study Group
Current affiliations:
  • Ad Hoc Barnum Park Phase 2 Committee
  • Member, First United Methodist Church
  • Friends of the Rouge
George is a financial analyst for Ally Financial, Inc.  He is married to Susan with an adult son and daughter, Rob and Elizabeth.

Rackeline HoffRackeline Hoff, Commissioner

Elected November, 2001

Past Boards/Appointments:
  • Mayor 2010
  • Mayor 2005 
  • Mayor Pro Tem 2004, 2009 
  • Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Board of Review
  • Advisory Parking Committee
  • Ad Hoc Downtown Development Committee
Current affiliations:
  • Foundation for Birmingham Senior Residents, Trustee and Chair
  • Oakland County Friend of the Court Citizen Advisory Committee, Chair
  • Mediator, Oakland Mediation Center and district courts
  • Birmingham Community House, Marketing Committee member
  • Common Ground Outreach Advisory Committee
Rackeline is a public relations consultant, and is a widow with two daughters, Allison and Lindsey, and three grandchildren, Julia, Stephen, and Camille.

Tom McDanielTom McDaniel, Commissioner

Elected November, 2002
Past Boards/Appointments:
  • Mayor, 2007
  • Historical Board
  • Historic District & Design Review Commission
Tom currently serves on the Roeper School Board of Trustees. He is a retired General Motors Vice President of Asian and Pacific Operations. Tom is married to Susan and has three sons and two daughters. 

Mark Nickita, Commissioner 
Elected on November 3, 2009

Past Boards/Appointments:
  • Mayor, 2012
  • Mayor Pro Tem, 2011
  • Birmingham Planning Board 1997-2000, 2003-2009, Past Chair
  • Shain Park Design and Selection Committees
  • Birmingham/Troy Transit Center Advisory Committee and Charrette
  • Booth Park Design Committee, Construction Volunteer
  • Triangle District Design Advisory Committee and Charrette
  • Downtown Retail Window Design Committee
  • Neighborhood Garage-Front House Ordinance Sub-Committee
Current Affiliations:
  • American Institute of Architects Michigan, Director
  • American Institute of Architects Detroit, Director, Past President
  • Congress for the New Urbanism, Member, Charter Signatory
  • American Planning Association, Member
  • Michigan Society of Planners, Member
  • Birmingham PSD, Business Development Committee
  • Lawrence Technological University Distinguished Alumni Committee
  • Parishioner, Holy Name Church
  • President of Archive Design Studio in Detroit; architect, urbanist and adjunct professor of urban design
Mark is married to Jennifer and has a son Alexander and a daughter Paige.

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