Board of Ethics


The Board of Ethics is governed by a five-member board appointed by the Mayor. Members serve a three-year term, except that of those first appointed, two shall serve for three years, two for two years, and one for one year. Members must reside in the City of Westland. Current City Officials or employees are not eligible for appointment. 

The Ethics Committee assists with written opinions on ethical questions and to engage in activity that promotes ethical behavior as defined in the Westland City Ordinances section 2-501 through 2-512, and other applicable ordinances and State laws. Members must keep all complaints, requests for advisory opinions and all documents strictly confidential.


  • Michael Williams, Chair
    Term expires: January 6, 2027
  • Lori Wilson
    Term expires: January 6, 2027
  • Daniel Stachow
    Term expires: January 6, 2026
  • Don Nicholson, Vice Chair
    Term expires: January 6, 2026
  • Deborah Thomas
    Term expires: January 6, 2025

Desired Skills

  • Municipal Law Background
  • Education Background

Diversity Breakdown

The information provided in the charts below and under each individual Board or Commission was self reported and the City does not warrant the accuracy of the information.

Age Breakdown
Ethnicity Breakdown
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Gender Breakdown
Geography Breakdown
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Ethics Complaints and Advisory Opinions

All ethics complaints and request for advisory opinions (collectively, requests) must be filed within three months of the date of the incident associated with the request.  The request must be based upon alleged unethical conduct that has occurred.  These requests cannot be speculative, hypothetical, or based on rumor.

Again, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law, the Board of Ethics shall observe strict confidentiality for all requests and all documents received regarding the same, prior to a final disposition of the request.

Requests can be filed:

  • through our Online Request Form.
  • in person at Westland City Hall and provided to the Director of Personnel.


The Board of Ethics meets once per quarter, as needed.
View the Boards and Commission Calendar for meeting information.