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Linda Parker-Craig, Chairwoman
Linda Parker-Craig was first elected to City Council in November 2013. As the top voter-getter she serves as the City Council Chairwoman. It is the chair’s responsibility to coordinate and approve the council agenda and run the regular council meetings, as well as the Monday night study sessions. Her chair is the focal point of all official actions taken by the City Council.
The Council Chairwoman grew up in Oak Park, graduated from Ferndale High School and attended Lawrence Technological Institute, majoring in Art, Drafting, Architecture and Interior Design. She worked primarily in the field of interior design for La-Z-Boy Incorporated (Monroe, MI) as the Corporate Interior Designer. She was responsible for the new store layouts, sales staff training and the furniture market showrooms in High Point, NC, Dallas, Atlanta and San Francisco. Her responsibilities included the design of the showrooms, hiring the contractors and overseeing the construction, staffing the showrooms and setting and maintaining the budget.
She moved to Taylor in 1975, and left a came back twice due to a job changes. In 1999 she returned to Taylor permanently and has resided here for a total of 30 years. Linda and her husband David have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Angela Croft, Chairwoman Pro Tem
City Council Chairwoman Pro Tem Angela Croft was first elected to office in November 2013. She is employed by Ford Motor Co. in program management for Power Train Manufacturing Engineering (PTME). She spent 14 years at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, working as a department manager in Facility Maintenance and Landside Services.
She has a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) from Wayne State University and a Bachelor’s of Science from Davenport University. She has also earned several professional certifications, such as Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt.
Her family includes son Anthony Croft, who is completing his Bachelor of Science and Nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy, and a granddaughter, Aurora Croft, 2. She has lived in Taylor for over 35 years, attending St. Alfred Elementary School, Charles E. Brake Junior High and John F. Kennedy High School.
Councilman Dan Bzura was first elected to serve the residents of Taylor in November 2013. His motto since taking office is a familiar quote: “It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit”.
After graduating from Albion College in 1988, he embarked on a 20-plus year career in the financial industry, starting with the Management Training Program at what was then known as Manufacturers National Bank. Bzura progressed through the ranks of Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager, and Branch Officer at MNB, which eventually merged with Comerica Bank. He left Comerica in 1996 to join a new financial institution, Community Bank of Dearborn. Over the next 16 years, Bzura helped grow the bank from two branch locations to a billion dollar institution with 15 branch locations.
As Vice President of Branch Operations, he was responsible for the Retail Banking division, Loss Prevention, Security, and Bank Secrecy. In 2013, Bzura joined Fives Cinetic Corporation where he works on the Project Management team. Fives is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of assembly, test, and washer systems, primarily for the automotive industry. His financial and management background, ability to effectively work independently and on a team, and his problem solving skills enhanced the transition to his current employer.
A lifelong resident of Taylor, Bzura says his greatest passion is his family. Dan and Cori are the proud parents of Matthew and Lindsey. Attending school and athletics events, travelling, enjoying a park, restaurant or shopping in Taylor, or just being together at home, are his keys to happiness.
One of his other passions is Little League Baseball. Both of his children played at Taylor Northwest Little League, where he was a coach for several years. Bzura is also part of the all-volunteer team that organizes the Junior League World Series. Dan is very proud that he and the many volunteers they work with, who are led by his father Greg Bzura, are able to welcome the world to Taylor every year in August. Not only is it a great athletic event with participants from throughout the world making memories that last a lifetime, the JLWS is also an economic boost to the Downriver area. Being live on ESPN is a great opportunity to showcase Taylor on a national level.
Councilman Alex Garza was first elected in November 2013, becoming the youngest and first minority elected official in Taylor’s history. Before being elected to City Council, he served as a Legislative Assistant to the Detroit City Council. The Councilman also previously worked for former State Representative Rashida Tlaib as a Legislative Aide. He assisted in the everyday operations of her Detroit Service Center, which is where he found his passion for public service. Councilman Garza currently serves as Director of Constituent Relations for State Representative Stephanie Chang in the Michigan Legislature.
Councilman Garza has been a member of the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church for many years. He is also a Precinct Delegate for Taylor’s 1st Precinct and has been a member of Taylor’s Downtown Development Board for 4 years.
Councilman Garza attended the University of Michigan – Dearborn and Baker College, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Political Science and Associate’s of Business in Management, respectively.
Charley Johnson was first elected to the City Council in November of 2013 after being involved with the City and its politics for 15 years. A lifelong resident of Taylor, Councilman Johnson is a 1980 graduate of Kennedy High School. He purchased Alert Plumbing from his father in 1983. After successfully running it for over 20 years, he sold the company. After a brief employment with the City of Taylor as its master plumber, he is now an employee of the State of Michigan in the same capacity.
Councilman Johnson believes in the notion that “you get what you give.” He was an integral leader in the formation of Taylor Cares, a volunteer effort that targets and cleans up various areas of the community.
Married to Brenda, the couple has two daughters, April and Heather.
Tim Woolley was elected as a City Councilman for the first time in November 2013. Woolley is a lifelong resident of the City of Taylor and graduated from the old Taylor Center High School in 1988.
Councilman Woolley served his country during the Desert Shield and Desert Storm military campaigns in the Middle East. He served in the Army from 1989-92 as a forward observer for field artillery for the 2nd Armored Division, nicknamed “Hell on Wheels” and originally formed in 1940 under Gen. Charles Scott and made famous under Gen. George Patton in WWII. Councilman Woolley earned several different medals and citations during his time in the military
Married to wife Amy, the couple has two children, Dylan and Sarah.
Councilmember Linda M. Roberts was elected first to serve the residents of Taylor in November 2013. She is the former President of Local SEIU 26m, a support staff union of the Taylor School District. SEIU 26m served a membership of over 370. Councilmember Roberts was an employee of the Taylor School District for 27 years and was elected President of local union SEIU 26m for three consecutive terms before her retirement.
A labor negotiator and representative of SEIU 517 based in Lansing, her responsibilities included all areas concerning grievances, arbitration and contract negotiations. Her duties covered 17 units in the southeastern Michigan area from Coldwater to Flint and Port Huron including municipalities, courts, attorneys, county workers and school district support staff. She also served as treasurer of a multi-million dollar budget for SEIU 517.
Councilmember Roberts was a Georgetown Co-op Executive Board member and president for 11 years.
She attended Michigan State University and earned a Proficiency Certification in Labor Industrial Relations and advanced training in negotiations, grievance, arbitration and people skills. She is a graduate of Southgate Anderson High School.
City Clerk Cynthia A. Bower
City Clerk, Cynthia A. Bower, was first elected to serve the residents of Taylor in November 2013. Clerk Bower is a Certified Michigan Municipal Clerk (CMMC), Secretary of the Association of Wayne County Clerks and volunteers for various organizations. She earned her CMMC through various educational opportunities provided by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks.
She began her career with the City of Taylor at the age of 16 as a student co-op. She had worked in various departments until her resignation in 2012, at which time she was appointed City Clerk due to the retirement of former City Clerk Mary Ann Reilly.
Since becoming City Clerk in 2012 the Clerk has successfully obtained grants to implement Electronic Poll Book laptops and handicap accessible voting booths at the precincts; streamlined operations of the Absentee Counting Board to decrease the time spent processing ballots; created a working relationship with the local high schools to hire students as Election Inspectors; re-opened the Clerk’s Office on Thursdays (had been closed since 2011); transferred death records over to the Electronic Death Records System; created Cemetery Clean-up Day opportunities to enhance the appearance of the City’s locally owned cemeteries; and worked closely with all departments citywide to serve the citizens of Taylor at an optimum level.
She has been a member of St. Constance Church for 33 years. She is also a member of the Democratic Club of Taylor. She has been married to her husband Gary for 20 years and has three daughters, Katelyn, Megan and Carolyn.
Clerk Bower attended and graduated from Taylor Public Schools.
City Treasurer Edward Bourassa
City Treasurer Edward Bourassa was first elected to serve the residents of Taylor in November 2013
Treasurer Bourassa is a lifelong resident of Taylor. A graduate of John F. Kennedy High School (1984), he attended Eastern Michigan University (1984-1987), majoring in Public Administration. After college, he was employed by the County of Wayne, serving in Management and Budget. Bourassa currently serves on both the General Employees Pension Board and Taylor Police and Fire Pension Board.
In April of 2016 he became Taylor’s first person to become a Michigan Certified Public Treasurer, through Central Michigan University and The Michigan Treasurers' Association (MiCPT).
Treasurer Bourassa is married to Kimberly (Belcher) Bourassa and they have three children, Andrew, Kayla and Ryan, and two grandchildren, Dominick and Sophia. He is a member of Gilead Baptist Church,
City Council offices are near the main lobby of Taylor City Hall, 23555 Goddard Road, Taylor, MI, 48180. The general City Council offices are located to the left of the Customer Service Center just off the main lobby. The office of the City Council Chairwoman is located to the left of the Customer Service Center, near the elevators.To contact any member of City Council, telephone or email City Council Secretary Michelle Hall at (734) 374-8799 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave City Council members a voice at (734) 374-1320.