Southfield City Council elects Crews for president, Taylor for pro tem

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published November 28, 2018

 Lloyd Crews

Lloyd Crews

SOUTHFIELD — City Councilman Dan Brightwell handed over the gavel to a new council president Nov. 19.

The council chose Lloyd Crews as the next council president. All six members present at the meeting approved Crews for the position. Councilman Myron Frasier was not at the meeting.

Brightwell said he chose not to put his hat in the ring for president this year.

“I’ve enjoyed this year being your council president, and I’m very thankful to my colleagues for giving me this opportunity to serve as council president last year and this year,” Brightwell said.

Crews thanked Brightwell for his dedication to the city.

“I think we can all agree we appreciate everything you’ve done this past year. You’ve done a wonderful job moving forward and helping us advance the goals we set at the end of the year, and hopefully I can continue doing the same work that we set out on for the next couple of years,” Crews said.

Crews was appointed to the City Council in 2015 to fill a vacancy left by former Councilman Jeremy Moss when Moss took office as a state representative.

Crews holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in political science from Clark Atlanta University, and a doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership and policy studies from Wayne State University.

Having worked in higher education for over 15 years, Crews began teaching at Wayne State University, followed by a position at Oakland Community College, serving as dean of the Royal Oak and Southfield campuses for the past 12 years.

In August 2014, Crews took a role as a tenured professor of political science at OCC.

Crews coordinated the first Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day convocation at OCC, as well as created SAFE Zones on campus for LGBT students. He also served as a chair of the OCC Sustainability Committee, which promotes environmentally friendly practices.

He is a member of the Southfield Partnership Council and a past president of the Southfield Rotary Club.

Each year at the second regular meeting in November, the City Council chooses the council president and president pro tem, pursuant to the city charter.

The council president is next in line to assume the role of mayor.

The council chose Linnie Taylor as its president pro tem during a regular council meeting Nov. 26. All seven members voted for Taylor.

Crews and Taylor will serve one-year terms in their positions.