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Council Member Carolyn Burns

Contact Information

Carolyn Burns
Council Member

City of Oak Park
14000 Oak Park Blvd.
Oak Park, MI 48237
Phone: (248) 691-7553
Cell: (248) 709-7853
Fax: (248) 691-7171

About Mayor Pro Tem Carolyn Burns

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

Boards 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

Resident of Oak Park since 2000

Hershey, the Cocker Spaniel, 15 years old

Executive 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