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Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn Burns

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Carolyn Burns
Mayor Pro Tem

City of Oak Park
14000 Oak Park Blvd.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Phone: (248) 691-7553

About Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn Burns

City Council Position
Elected to City Council, November 2021
Appointed as Mayor Pro Tem, November 2019
Elected to City Council, November 2017
Appointed as Mayor Pro Tem, November 2015
Elected to City Council, November 2013

Board and  Commission Appointments
Beautification Advisory Commission
Board of Trustees - Employee Retirement System
Board of Trustees - Public Safety Retirement System
Brownfield Redevelopment Authority/Economic Development Corporation
Planning Commission

ResidencyResident of Oak Park since 2000FamilyHershey, the Cocker Spaniel, 15 years old

ProfessionalExecutive Administrator, 25 years in public service and administration

  • Chief of Staff to State Representative Thomas F. Stallworth, III, Michigan House of Representatives, Lansing, Mich., 2011-2015
  • Office Manager/Grant Administrator, Black Caucus Foundation of Michigan, Detroit, Mich., 2006
  • Senior Collector, JPMorgan Chase, Detroit, Mich., 2006-2011
  • Manager of Credit Collections, Michcon Gas Co./DTE Energy, Detroit, Mich., 1994-2006


  • Certified Grant Writer, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, or SEMCOG, 2015
  • MS Global Operations and Project Management, Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, Mich., 2013
  • BBA, Management Cum Laude, Sienna Heights University, Adrian, Mich., 2010
  • Associates of Business Administration, Oakland Community College, Royal, Oak, Mich., 2004

Civic Involvement

  • Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, Southfield, Mich., 1998 to Present