SOURCE: Azzam Elder

November 03, 2011 17:30 ET

Wayne County Deputy CEO Azzam Elder Voluntarily Resigns From Position

Elder Positive About Accomplishments Made During 16-Year Career With County and Looks Forward to New Opportunities in Private Sector

SOUTHFIELD, MI--(Marketwire - Nov 3, 2011) - Wayne County Deputy CEO Azzam Elder, who established several innovative programs for the county during a 16-year career, voluntarily resigned from his position today, effective immediately, after notifying Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano with whom he worked for the past nine years.

Elder said he felt it was time to move on to a new chapter in his life. "I never saw myself as having a long-term career in government," said Elder, who graduated magna cum laude from the Detroit College of Law and who began his career in Wayne County in the Prosecutor's office in 1995. "I am really looking forward to a new chapter in my life and will be considering a number of options -- none of which is expected to be in the public sector."

The innovative programs initiated by Elder have included the Aerotropolis or "airport city" developing around Wayne County's Metro and Willow Run airports; TURBO, an unique business-incentive program that has resulted in approximately $300-million in investment and many new jobs to Wayne County; the STEP (Second Chance Through Expungement Program) program designed to help one-time, non-violent offenders return to the workplace and become productive members of society; and, the Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program, which is now adopted by the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and helps homeowners in all of southeast Michigan by simple dialing 211 for help. All four programs are among the 20 or more national awards received by the County from the National Association of Counties in 2010 and 2011.

"I have a high regard for the outstanding people in Wayne County with which I have had the opportunity to work," said Elder. "In the days and weeks ahead, I will be considering a number of career options and I am excited about the future."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Mr. Elder will be available for interviews with the news media but not until mid-morning on Friday, November 4, due to travel and other commitments. Interviews can be scheduled for late morning to mid-afternoon on Friday, November 4, by contacting Jeff Caponigro from Caponigro Public Relations at jcap@caponigro.com or (248) 388-4981.