Westland, Michigan

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Westland is a city in Wayne County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located about 16 miles (26 km) west of downtown Detroit. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 86,602.

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Politics

The current mayor of Westland is William (Bill) Wild. During his first term as President of the Westland City Council, Mr. Wild was appointed as mayor after Mayor Sandra A. Cicirelli was elected as judge of the 18th District Court in November 2006. Mr. Wild took office in January 2007 and continues to serve as mayor.

In the judicial branch of government, the Honorable Sandra A. Ference Cicirelli and the Honorable Mark A. McConnell. Cicirelli has served all three branches of government in the City of Westland. She has not only been a lawyer, but has helped lead the city as Council President, Mayor, and currently Judge.

The legislative body of Westland is the City Council, which contains seven members. The current President of the City Council is James Godbout.

In addition to Mr. Godbout, Michael Kherer, Robert Johnson and Dewey Reeves, the three newest members are Christine Cicirelli Bryant, Mariem Kadi, and Adam Hammons, recently elected as of November, 2009. Several members' terms were ending, and therefore Charles Pikering, Robert Stottlemeyer, & Cheryl Graunstadt stepped down from their positions. Rankng in the following order for the election, Cicirelli Bryant, Reeves,Kadi, then Hammons, they will all serve a four year term duration with the exception of Hammons, with a two year term.

History

Early history

During the 18th century, the area was inhabited by the people of a Pottawatomi Indian village. Other tribes, particularly three Algonquian tribes, used the area as hunting territory. A flour mill, which was restored by Henry Ford in 1918, was built in this same area. Once restored, the mill was used to make stencils for Ford car parts. Named Nankin Mills, this historic site is now used as a nature interpretive center and hosts community events.

Before becoming "Westland," the area had several other names. Though white settlers did not begin to settle the area until about 1824, they began to arrive at the beginning of the 19th century.

Bucklin Township was first organized in 1827 and included what is now the cities of Westland, Livonia, Garden City, Inkster, Wayne, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and Redford Township.

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