Elected in 2007, William R. Wild is the eight and longest serving Mayor of Westland, Michigan's 10th largest city with a population of over 85,000. Prior to becoming Mayor, Mayor Wild was a longtime small business owner who championed customer service friendly practices on the Westland Planning Commission from 1999 to 2001 and the City Council from 2001-2007; serving two of those years as Council President.
Constant Educational Development
A strong proponent of lifelong learning, Mayor Wild has taken part in multiple top-rated leadership courses, including prestigious executive education programs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School, Yale School of Management, and the Bloomberg Institute of City Leadership. These programs focused on performance management, negotiation skills, media relations, community policing and municipal finance beside top global leaders in State and local government.
Other Organizations the Mayor Serves
Mayor Wild's collaborative leadership extends beyond Westland city limits. He has served as President of the Michigan Municipal League (MML), Chairman of the Conference of Western Wayne, Co-chair of the Southeast Michigan council of Governments (SEMCOG) Economic Development Task Force, and Chairman of the Central Wayne County Sanitation Authority. He is serving his fourth term on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority (MMRMA) and is the Michigan Ambassador and Co-chair of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Task Force for the United States Conference of Mayors.
Mayor Wild and his wife, Sherri, a 7th-grade science teacher in the Wayne-Westland Community School District, are longtime residents of Westland and proud parents of three children, Luke, Lily and Payton. Despite keeping a very busy mayoral schedule, Mayor Wild, a self-proclaimed "West Wing junkie", enjoys playing hockey, outdoor cooking, enjoying the arts, mentoring young leaders and spending time in northern Michigan.