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Since the Former Mayor James Fouts took office, the City of Warren has seen major progress and reached some incredible milestones under his leadership. Former Mayor Fouts has followed through on many of his key campaign promises and has focused on multiple key areas including economic development, education, civic innovation, reduction in crime and sustainability.  Fouts’ focus on constituent services is a testament to his belief that government should work for the people. He has consistently advocated for policies that enhance the quality of life for all residents, from improved public safety measures to expanded recreational opportunities. His track record of delivering tangible results speaks volumes about his effectiveness as a public servant.

Accomplishments

Works 24/7 – No vacation days
Takes/returns constituent calls at home and on weekends – Monday-Sunday (8AM-10:30PM)
Mayor communicates with constituents through all mediums during the day, night and weekends.
Public speaker at local government classes throughout the year
Conducts marriages for Warren residents (free of charge)
Mayor donated $1,000 out of his own pocket for Flint Water Crisis and asked for matching donations–raised a total of $6,000
Has taped Fouts Forum Shows:
Sinatra
Heroin
Elections in general
Election results
Mosquitoes
JFK assassination with Dr. Spitz
Denny McLain
Road Improvements
Property Maintenance
FEMA
Coach Al Fracassa
Senior Scams
Planner Robert Gibbs-Planning City of Warren Downtown
Butterflies/Bees
Police/Fire Holiday Safety
Pete Lucido (Prosecutor of Macomb County) – Scams
Water Dept. (Tom Pawelkowski & Dave Koss)
DPW & Sanitation (Dale Walker & Gary Sikora)
Library (Oksana Urban)
Ukraine
Candice Miller (Macomb County Public Works Commissioner)
Mark Hackel (Macomb County Executive)
Anthony Forlini (Macomb County Clerk)
Larry Rocca (Macomb County Treasurer)
Anthony Wickersham (Macomb County Sheriff)
Tom Bommarito DDA/TIFA/Economic Development
Reads to Students at various elementary schools during March is Reading Month
Adopted a family at Christmas time
On-the-job Mayor
Monarch Pledge each year to expand and save butterflies
Gives students and scout troops tours of city buildings and speaks with them
Supports Warren Civic Theatre
In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles sent the Mayor a letter praising his leadership when they were in the Superbowl and during the Superbowl the city of Warren had a major snowstorm and the city streets were paved and taken care of in a record time
Changed city persona to an ‘inclusive’ city, not ‘exclusive’
Eliminated city paid cell phones and car allowances for all mayoral appointees
Open door policy in the Mayor’s Office for the public
Diversity in City Departments and Boards/Commissions – African Americans, Muslims, Arabs, Hispanic, Women, etc.
Demolition of dilapidated buildings (nuisance abatements)
Bricks at Veterans’ Park commemorating veterans
Neighborhood Watch Program
Efficient Complaint Tracking System
Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day
Property transfers and ownership changes recorded immediately
New TV Warren programs
Street sweeping four-five times a year instead of one
Farmers’ Market encouraged and established by Mayor
Re-opened and renovated Fitzgerald Senior Recreation Center (campaign promise)
Arbor Day Foundation – Tree City, USA Community
Declared Warren a Purple Heart City (First in Michigan)
Shed light on MDOT’s lack of freeway service drive overgrowth maintenance and had city start cleaning it up and maintaining it since the MDOT/the State did not
AA Bond Rating for Warren
Provided “No Solicitors, No Salesperson, No Peddlers” stickers to residents for their homes, Save Our Pet Stickers, Right to Work, Buy American, File of Life Magnets
Took over maintaining Mound Road Medians when the County did not, had an agreement drafted that the county pay the city to maintain the medians
Attracted new business and expansions in Warren (business friendly)
City-wide Street/Road Improvement Program
Raised the Purple Heart Flag in the City of Warren, it is still up at City Hall and Veteran’s Memorial Park
Major Business Expansions of Walmart, Menards, GM, Chrysler, New Universal City Mall, Tech Plaza, etc.
Supported Healthcare reform for retirees/employees
Led Warren to become the Metro Area’s largest industrial assessment city even surpassing Detroit according to Crain’s Detroit
Opened the first new modern movie theater in 40 years
$6 million spent annually in neighborhood road improvements
Joined lawsuit against big pharma for excessive opioid prescription rates
Purchased and established more land to create 31 City Parks/Green Space
Established and created the Community Pride Award for residents that keep their properties maintained and nice
COVID (vaccines in person, testing, free masks, free hand sanitizers, food hot line, Forgotten Harvest food hand out, home bound vaccines on vaccines and boosters)
Maintained the 3rd largest city on Michigan from 2020 Census
Re-Opened the Loan Closet at the Fire Department with free medical supplies that Mayor was able to secure from World Medical Relief.
Initiated the Citizen of the Month recognition Program
Proclaimed International Women’s Day and Diversity for the city
Friendly service to residents and businesses
Supports the Low-Cost Animal Vaccination Clinics twice a year
More roads paved each year
Encouraged businesses to locate and expand in Warren
Established the Emergency Hotline for residents to call with cases such as floods, COVID, etc.
Crime-Sweeps in Phases
Warren to be Butterfly Capital of the World
Create and distribute pamphlets to residents on various information-Mosquitos, Senior Services, Important Phone Numbers, Resources for Help, Butterfly Garden, Recycling, Adopt-a-Park, Adopt-A-Road, Hazardous Waste, etc.
Established foreign language services for residents or visitors to city departments for proper translating services
Community/Neighborhood Policing established in blocks/neighborhoods
Street Signs recognizing award winning High School Sports Teams in the city

Campaigns/Fundraisers/Drives

A “Buy American Products” campaign
“Buy Warren” initiatives and campaign
Relay for Life Cancer Fundraiser
LiveStrong Fundraiser
Breast Cancer Fundraiser
Domestic/Sexual Violence Purple/Teal Ribbon Fundraiser
March of Dimes Fundraiser
American Red Cross Blood Drives
Collection of donations for the needy and American troops overseas – Salvation Army Drives, Food Drives, Toy Drives, Warm Winter Clothing Drives, Military Care Package Drive, “Love Package” Drive for the needy, Annual School Supply Collection Drive, Several Book Drives, Jason Dunn (Dystonia Fundraiser), Jason Dunn $5 For the Cure, Flint Water Crisis, Puerto Rico, Angel Tree, Giving Tree (mittens, hats & scarfs), Red Ribbon for CARE, July 4 Explosion, Kentucky Tornado, Ukraine, Hurricane Harvey Victims in Houston, Thanksgiving, Christmas, stuffed animals to Japan, Goodfellows, Church Pantry Drives, Baby Pantry and Baby Goods Drives
Re-opened and renovated Fitzgerald Senior Recreation Center (campaign promise)
Led Anti-Right to Work fight
Move to Warren Campaign #MIWARREN
Warming Center Fundraiser
Operation Kid equipment (backpacks for students)
Fundraiser for Special Olympics
Fundraiser for Rainbow Connection
Fundraisers for families in need
Fundraiser for MDA – Shamrocks
Fundraiser for Turning Pointe (Domestic Shelter)
Turned Annual State of the City into Fundraisers for Charity
Congenital Heart Defects Fundraiser
COVID (vaccines in person, testing, free masks, free hand sanitizers, food hot line, Forgotten Harvest food hand out, home bound vaccines on vaccines and boosters)
Free Turkey Drive (Thanksgiving)
Fundraiser for Christine Wright Family
Fundraiser for Rhonda Hartlieb
Fundraiser for the Brown Family
MI Warren Campaign
MI Warren/Buy Warren Campaign
Initiated a Collection Drive for the Blessing Boxes that resident Dylan Soucy created
Earthquake Collection Drive for Syria and Turkey

Created/Innovated/Provided/Opened

Created Student Advisory Committee to get the youth of the city more involved in their community
New innovative crime-fighting programs including a police academy
First Church-Police-City Partnership
New restrictive used car lot ordinance
Began “Annual Tribute to Frank Sinatra” concerts
Created Code of Ethics for all appointees
New snow alert policy
New Parks and Recreation programs
New Global Positioning System (GPS) on city vehicles, including snow plows
“Welcome to Warren” signs
Senior citizens anti-scam police program
Hazardous Waste Drop-Off day
New automated water meter program
New TV Warren programs
Appointment of Skip McAdams, first African American Department Head since then he has appointed Ethan Vinson as City Attorney, Clarissa Cayton Communications Director and Vicki Brooks as Diversity/ADA Coordinator
After School Anti-Violence Program – Van Dyke Schools Initiative/corridor
School Safety Program implemented after the Sandy Hook tragedy
Initiated pet store restrictions
Mosquito Elimination Program
Fireworks Initiative and Patrol – led the change in the State Law
Led Anti-Right to Work fight
Established Pothole Hotline/Program
Established emergency hotline during flood disaster – Mayor’s Office was epicenter for all aid effort
Established green dot program for local stores
Established anti-K2 spice initiative at local stores
Helped build Habitat for Humanity home in Warren for Jason Dunn
Established drug tip hotline
Established neighborhood blight hotline
Declared Warren a Purple Heart City (First in Michigan) and Raised the Purple Heart Flag in the City of Warren, it is still up at City Hall and Veteran’s Memorial Park
Library millage – helping build new Busch branch and building new Library in S.E. section David area
New Library-City Hall-Police and Fire Station in 9 Mile – Van Dyke area
Healthcare reform
Initiated Parks and Recreation Comfort station upgrades for all-weather usage
Encouraged new city-sponsored programs for special needs persons
Initiated a review of city hall to be certain if it is Americans with Disabilities Act compliant and local businesses including creating a ADA Advisor
Began a program to encourage businesses to hire persons with disabilities and make their buildings more accessible for the handicapped, ADA ordinances
Led Warren to become the Metro Area’s largest industrial assessment city even surpassing Detroit according to Crain’s Detroit
Opened the first new modern movie theater in 40 years
Sponsored Caregiver Recognition Ceremony
Sponsored Disability Resources Fair
Encouraged formation of Warren Area Chamber of Commerce
Initiated special needs program in recreation
Initiated pawnbroker regulations
Implemented new rubbish carts citywide
Mobile home inspection program
Formed Police Canine Unit
Initiated bullet-proof vests for police officers
21-million-gallon detention basin to reduce street and basement flooding (under construction)
Provide storage building for Veterans Returning Home for $1 a year lease
Gave elementary schools coloring books, which provided information on recycling
Sponsored Shredding Day
In God We Trust Posters given out at National Day of Prayer
Brought the Vietnam Traveling Wall to Warren City Hall
Turned Annual State of the City into Fundraisers for Charity
Secured funding for new playground equipment for Lincoln Elementary School in 2020
Initiated the Citizen of the Month recognition Program
Named street after Preston Singleton
Put up sign at Shaw Park in Honor of Isabelle Bachtel
Implemented WarrenCan-Community Alert Network
Community/Neighborhood Policing established block/neighborhood
Police Jr. Detective Program
Police Athletic League (PAL) Program
Established Emergency Hotline when floods, COVID, etc.
Implemented Fire Cadet Program to hire Warren residents in Fire Department
Warren to be Butterfly Capital of the World
New Warren Towne Center/Downtown Planned and Proposed for an exciting future in Warren
Food delivery Program for residents in need
Create and distribute pamphlets to residents on various information-Mosquitos, Senior Services, Important Phone Numbers, Resources for Help, Butterfly Garden, Recycling, Adopt-a-Park, Adopt-A-Road, Hazardous Waste, etc.
Established foreign language services for residents or visitors to city departments for proper translating services
Community/Neighborhood Policing established in blocks/neighborhoods
Purchased Body Cameras for the Police Department
Sponsored a meeting with 84 churches in Warren with Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer to have seminar on mass shooting protections.

Demoed/Stopped/Reduced

Demolition of an adult bookstore
Reduced number of city employees by 27% without layoffs
Terminated 4 city employees for embezzlement
Vetoed healthcare resolution that would have given Council healthcare for life

Departments/City Hall/Employees

General

    Morning sweeps at city hall
    Consolidated several city departments
    Dismissal of employees who were accused of possession or illegal drug dealing
    Random alcohol and drug-testing for all mayoral appointees
    Defended the of Nativity Scene, Prayer Station, and National Day of Prayer at City Hall
    Urban gardening in Warren and conservation of monarch waystations
    Created Code of Ethics for all appointees
    Prayer Station at city hall
    New Global Positioning System (GPS) on city vehicles, including snow plows
    Appointment of women and minorities to city positions
    Adopted budgets with no tax increases
    Implemented rules regarding appointees and inspectors owning rental properties in Warren
    Warren received the highest award in financial reporting
    Historical photos refurbished and hung up around city hall
    Initiated a review of city hall to be certain it is Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliant. Initiated visiting local businesses to make sure they were ADA Compliant, and created an ADA Advisor position.
    Maintained and improved city services in spite of losses of millions in state revenue allocations
    Praised by Crossroads for employing special needs individuals
    City has highest number of emergency services personnel (per capita) in the U.S.
    TV Warren earned international competition awards
    Lighting up the front of City Hall to bring public attention to various causes:
    20th anniversary of 9/11 on Patriot’s Day (red, white, and blue)
    30th Anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence (blue and gold)
    Amyloidosis (red)
    Breast Cancer (pink)
    ‘Do Something Good for Your Neighbor Day’ (purple)
    Fallen Firefighters (red)
    Fragile X Syndrome Day (teal)
    Gun Violence Awareness Day (orange)
    Independence Day (red, white, and blue)
    International Overdose Awareness Day (purple and silver/white)
    International Overdose Awareness Day (purple and silver/white)
    Juneteenth (red, yellow, and green)
    Lissencephaly (blue, grey, and lavender)
    Michigan Adoption Day (purple and white)
    Muscular Dystrophy (lime green)
    National Eating Disorders Awareness (blue and green)
    National Police Week (blue)
    Pitts Hopkins Syndrome (blue)
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (teal)
    Pride Month (rainbow)
    Rare Disease Day (blue, green, and pink)
    Ukraine (blue and yellow)
    World Down Syndrome Day (blue and yellow)
    World Pancreatic Cancer Day (purple)
    Brought the Vietnam Traveling Wall to Warren City Hall
    Beautification Awards – Residents, Businesses, 4th Grade Students
    Highly-qualified Administrators under the Fouts Administration
    Cross Training of Employees
    Fewer Employees with more productivity
    Property transfers and ownership changes recorded immediately
    Appointed Skip McAdams, first African American Department Head in the City of Warren. Since then, he also appointed Ethan Vinson as City Attorney, Clarissa Cayton as Communications Director and Vicki Brooks as Diversity/ADA Coordinator

    Building

    $4 million generated in building inspection fees
    Mobile home inspection program

    Building Maintenance

    Cost-savings programs in Sanitation, Building Maintenance and DPW departments

    Communications

    Initiated and started the WarrenCan – Community Alert Network

    Diversity/ADA

    Appointment of Skip McAdams, first African American Department Head since then he has appointed Ethan Vinson as City Attorney, Clarissa Cayton Communications Director and Vicki Brooks as Diversity/ADA Coordinator

    DPW

    Cost-savings programs in Sanitation, Building Maintenance and DPW departments
    Street sweeping four times a year instead of one
    Established Pothole Hotline/Program
    Sewer jetting to clean sewer lines

    Fire

    Returned city-operated EMS transport resulting in $29 million in new revenues
    Appointment of Skip McAdams, first African American Department Head since then he has appointed Ethan Vinson as City Attorney, Clarissa Cayton Communications Director and Vicki Brooks as Diversity/ADA Coordinator
    Hired more police and fire personnel
    Annually increased city expenditures in capital equipment, including new vehicles for Public Service, Fire and Police
    Fire Dept. EMS received gold award (highest) from American Heart Association (8 consecutive years and silver the year before that)
    5 New Fire Trucks and New Fire Stations being built
    Fire Department/Police Department Awards
    Implemented Fire Cadet Program to hire Warren residents in Fire Department

    Library

    Library millage – helping build new Busch branch and building new Library in S.E. section David area
    New Library-City Hall-Police and Fire Station in 9 Mile – Van Dyke area
    Library System Upgrades

    Mayors

    Established emergency hotline during flood disaster – Mayor’s Office was epicenter for all aid effort
    Saved Warren taxpayers $1.5 million in Mayor’s office expenditures since his election as mayor in 2007

    Parks and Recs

    New Parks and Recreation programs
    Initiated Parks and Recreation Comfort station upgrades for all-weather usage
    Initiated special needs program in recreation
    Pool at Community Center voted best by WDIV-TV viewers (2 consecutive years)
    31 Parks/Green Space

    Police

    Crackdown on prostitution and drug dealing in Warren
    Crackdown on heroin users and dealers
    Senior citizens anti-scam police program
    Established drug tip hotline
    Hired more police and fire personnel
    Annually, increased city expenditures in capital equipment including new vehicles for public service, new fire and police vehicles
    Supplied police with NARCAN to save opioid-overdosed victims
    Formed Police Canine Unit
    Initiated bullet-proof vests for police officers
    Community/Neighborhood Policing established block/neighborhood
    Appointment of Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer
    Police Jr. Detective Program
    Citizen’s Police Academy
    Police-Culture, Diversity, Disability Training
    Hope not Handcuffs
    Fire Department/Police Department Awards
    Police Memorial Ceremonies
    Police-Promotions and Hiring Ceremonies
    Drug Take Back Days
    Drug Take Back Boxes at Police Stations
    Crime-Sweeps in Phases
    Warren Police Drug Task Force leaders-FANTOM of Macomb
    Community/Neighborhood Policing established in blocks/neighborhoods
    Purchased Body Cameras for the Police Department
    Sponsored a Meeting with 84 churches in Warren with Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer to have seminar on mass shooting protections.

    Property Maintenance

    Neighborhood cleanup/blight sweeps – street by street, house by house, by city inspectors, including mobile home parks-received Livability Award from U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Reduced maximum heights for uncut grass from 9” to 6”
    Saved over $5 million over 15 years by converting all city streetlights to LED streetlights
    Established neighborhood blight hotline
    Encouraged and changed to LED Streetlights

    Public Service

    Annually, increased city expenditures in capital equipment including new vehicles for public service, new fire and police vehicles

    Purchasing

    Computerization of Purchasing Department’s System (now receive monthly budget update reports and regular overtime reports).

    Rental

    Rental Inspection Program is self-sustaining
    $1,093,036 generated annually in rental inspection fees
    Stronger penalties for negligent landlords, including jail time
    Rental Ordinances to Crackdown on Slum Landlords and put them in jail

    Sanitation

    Cost-savings programs in Sanitation, Building Maintenance and DPW departments
    Implemented new rubbish carts citywide

    Water

    New automated water meter program
    New Library-City Hall-Police and Fire Station in 9 Mile – Van Dyke area
    Water Mains/Pipes Upgraded

    WWTP

    Initiated and created a 21-million-gallon detention basin to reduce street and basement flooding (under construction)

    Events Hosted/Started/Sponsored

    Hosted numerous honor ceremonies

    Annual Outstanding Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
    MLK Ceremony
    4.0 Students Ceremony
    15 successful college fairs, during pandemic years they were hosted online
    Mayoral Portrait Dedication Ceremony
    Special ceremonies to honor World War II, Korean War & Vietnam veterans and 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II, Silver Star Families
    Began “Annual Tribute to Frank Sinatra” concerts
    Honored one 10 year old and one 7 year old for honesty in church donation box return, honored hero’s – GM stabbing, etc., honored local high school sports teams
    Hosted lead Hazard Safety event for children and families
    Held Support American-Made Auto Rally
    Partnered with Macomb Community College for Job Fair every year
    Sponsored Caregiver Recognition Ceremony
    Sponsored Disability Resources Fair
    Sponsored Trunk or Treat in Parking Garage/Community Center
    Honors 100 year olds and older to luncheon
    Sponsored Shredding Day
    Pet Care Fair
    Earth Day Event
    Black History Month Events – Noble, Tuskegee, Motown
    Cold Rush
    Over 80 Luncheon
    Skilled Trades Fair
    Food Truck Rally
    Warren’s Birthday Bash
    Beer Fest/Tailgate Party
    Health Fair
    50th Anniversary Party
    Park Clean-Up Day
    Asian Rice Festival
    Filipino Unity Day
    Raised the Filipino Flag
    Raised the Ukraine Flag
    Trees planted for 100 year olds and older
    Harvest Treat
    Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Opioid/Heroin addiction resource fair
    Purple Heart Flags raised at all city locations
    Historical & Genealogical Award Banquet
    Crime Commission Banquet
    Movie Nights at the Square
    Concerts at the Square
    Greatest Garage Sale
    Council of Commissions Appreciation Dinners
    Police Memorial Ceremonies
    Police-Promotions and Hiring Ceremonies
    Daddy Daughter Dances
    Spring Carnivals
    Drug Take Back Days
    Honor Roll & NHS Students recognized
    Senior Health Seminars
    Seniors Christmas Fantasy Dances
    Red Ribbon Week Events
    President Reagan Commemoration Event
    Butterfly Releases
    Issues Mayoral Proclamations to honor various people, causes and events
    Holds State of the city event each year drawing large crowds to update community on accomplishments each year
    Had a ceremony for all former Mayor’s and their families and had all photos of all former Mayor’s of Warren hung at city hall

    Partnerships/Collaborations

    Partnered with Macomb Community College Intern Program
    Partnered with various boards/commissions for PSA’s/outreach events
    Partnered with Macomb Community College for Job Fair every year
    Partnered with Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)
    Partners with the Warren Center Line Prevention Coalition (WCPC) every year for alcohol retailers project
    Collaboration with other cities-i.e. fire, etc.
    Joined lawsuit against big pharma for excessive opioid prescription rates
    Cooperation with various levels of Government/agency’s
    Cooperation with all Unions
    Partnered with Historic Commission on Abraham Lincoln Program

    Saved Money

    Returned city-operated EMS transport resulting in $29 million in new revenues
    Cost-savings programs in Sanitation, Building Maintenance and DPW departments
    Saved thousands on Christmas tree lighting and fireworks
    The Mayor saved the city $30,000 annually by not using a personal driver and eliminating the use of a leased vehicle for the Mayor, the use of a city issued cell phone, and the use of city paid gas
    Reduced number of city employees by 27% without layoffs
    Saved over $5 million over 15 years by converting all city streetlights to LED streetlights
    Warren received the highest award in financial reporting
    Employed services of a professional grant writer
    Secured many grants for the city – energy efficiency and conservation block grants, parks grants, census grant, police grants, etc.
    Strong fund balance
    Saved Warren taxpayers $1.5 million in Mayor’s office expenditures since his election as mayor in 2007
    Joined lawsuit against big pharma for excessive opioid prescription rates
    $10 million in overtime savings
    2020 secured funding for new playground equipment for Lincoln Elementary School
    Spending down every year
    Working to secure free broadband for the whole city/all residents
    Grown fund balance each year, now the fund balance is at $72 million

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