Commissioner Brown is married to Audrey (Wilamowski) Brown and they have four children.Their daugher attends school in the Romeo School District and their sons Macomb Community College. Don and his wife Audrey have lived in Washington Township for over 30 years. Don graduated from Rochester Adams High School, earned a B.A. in Political Science from Oakland University, and earned a Certificate, Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard University.
The Macomb County Board of Commissioners responsibilities have change following the switch to the county executive form of government. The Board will serves as the legislative body for Macomb County working with the county executive. The powers, duties and responsibilities of the Board are established by Michigan state law and the Macomb County Charter. The new Board will be composed of 13 commissioners who are elected every other year for a two-year term. Commissioner Brown’s new 7th district consists all of Washington, Bruce, Armada, Ray and Richmond Townships; including the City of Richmond, Villages of Romeo, Armada, Memphis and the northeast section of Shelby Township. The 2010 population estimate for the 7th district is roughly 65,000 people.
Commissioner Brown serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the Rules Committee and serves on Board Operations, Justice and Public Safety and Health and Human Services committees He is has rejected calls to raise taxes and has focused his efforts on cutting spending. Championing true transparency in government, he led the efforts to televise the Full Board of Commissioners meetings, placing the county finances online for public inspection and opened the appointment process to the public for many boards and commissions.
Commissioner Brown uses his broad government experience and relationships he has developed to get things done for his constituency. Don serves as Deputy District Director for Congresswoman Candice Miller. He has also served as Southeast Michigan Liaison for the Michigan Department of State as well as Associate Director of Governor John Engler’s Southeast Michigan office. He served two years as Trustee on the Washington Township Board of Trustees also in Macomb County. Those positions have given him expereince in working with elected officials and administrators at all levels of government to solve problems. Don has experience in the private sector running a multi-line insurance agency prior to joining Governor Engler’s team.
Commissioner Brown has served on the Board of the State of Michigan Agriculture Preservation Fund. Don helped to write the initial program guidelines using his experience in local government and land use issues in Macomb County. He initiated Macomb County’s multi-jurisdictional Agribusiness Preservation Program which received the Joint Public Services Award by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. He also works to improve the quality of our environment through the Clinton River Watershed Council and Michigan United Conservation Clubs. He helped create the Regional Drinking Water Monitoring System, which stretches from Port Huron to Lake Erie, and now protects from chemical contamination the drinking water for 4.5 million people in SE Michigan.
Commissioner Brown is involved in the community in numerous ways by serving as a member of the Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce, Washington Lions Club, Macomb County Farm Bureau, North Macomb Sportsmen Club, National Rifle Association, Right to Life of Michigan, St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
He is the only candidate endosred by the Macomb County Farm Bureau and Right to Life of Michigan for election to the Board of Commissioner for the 7th District.