2018 year in review: Grosse Pointe Farms appoints first African-American council member

By: K. Michelle Moran | Grosse Pointe Times | Published December 28, 2018

 Sierra Leone Donaven

Sierra Leone Donaven

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — The Grosse Pointe Farms City Council made history locally in 2018 by appointing the first African-American to serve on a council in any of the Pointes.

On Aug. 14, Sierra Leone Donaven was sworn into office. She moved to the Farms from Grosse Pointe Park in 2011, and has been a member of the Farms Beautification Commission since 2012. Donaven was named to fill a seat vacated by former City Councilwoman Therese Joseph, who stepped down in May. The City Council unanimously approved Donaven’s appointment during a meeting July 12. Her appointment runs through November 2019, when Joseph’s term would have been up. It wasn’t known at press time whether Donaven would be running for re-election.

Donaven is a retired special agent/criminal investigator for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for which she worked from 1984 to 2004.