William Dwyer (R)

Commissioner, District 14

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Boundaries: Includes the City of Farmington Hills, Farmington, Southfield Township, the Villages of Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin.

First elected: November 2010
Current term: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2018

Contact information:
Oakland County Board of Commissioners
1200 North Telegraph Road
Pontiac, Michigan, USA, 48341-0421

Phone: 248-858-0100 (County)
Cell: 248-417-7500
Fax: 248-858-1572 (County)
E-mail: wdwyer@mi.rr.com 


  • Public Services: Chair (Past Vice Chair)
  • Planning and Building: Member
  • Ethics Ad Hoc Committee: Past Chair
  • Finance: Past Member
  • Human Resources: Past Member
  • Parity Task Force: Past Chair
  • Legislative Committee: Member
  • Audit Committee: Past Member
  • Building and Property

Community Service:

  • Boy Scouts of America - Executive Board
  • Rotary Club of Farmington Hills
  • Optimist Club of Farmington/Farmington Hills - President (1989)
  • Oakland County Substance Abuse Advisory Council - Board of Directors
  • Botsford Hospital - Board of Directors
  • Beaumont Hospital Health Board - Trustee (2017)
  • Beaumont Hospital Community Advisory Board (2016)
  • Hundred Club of Detroit - Member
  • Multi-Cultural/Multi-Racial Council - Past Board Member
  • Citizens' Crime Prevention Advisory Committee - Past Executive Director
  • Farmington Hills Police Benevolent Association - President
  • Commission on Children, Youth and Families - Board of Directors
  • Farmington Hills/Farmington Community Foundation - Board of Directors
  • Established bi-monthly Senior Meetings
  • Established a monthly "Commissioner Coffee Hour"
  • Established T.V. cable program, "Commissioner's Corner"

Professional Associations:

  • Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP): President (2001-July 2002)
  • Appointed by the Governor to serve as a member of the Governor's Cabinet Council on Crime (May 1989)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • Oakland County Chiefs Association: President (1989)
  • Southeastern Michigan Association of Chiefs: President (1992)
  • Oakland County Court Law Enforcement Management Information (CLEMIS): Chairman (1992 to 2005)
  • Board of Directors of the Southeastern Michigan Conspiracy Organization
  • FBI National Academy Associate Member
  • Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Michigan


  • Departmental Citation for Valor
  • 4 Departmental Citations for Meritorious Service
  • 9 Unit Citations: 5 in Detroit, 4 in Farmington Hills
  • 2 Chief's Merit Awards
  • 2 Departmental Professional Service Awards
  • Drug Enforcement Agency Award for contributions toward drug suppression (1977-1985)
  • State of Michigan Legislature Resolution #178 for acknowledgement of an exemplary career in law enforcement (1962-1985)
  • Secret Service recognition for outstanding assistance and service
  • Rotary Vocational Service Award for exemplary efforts in the field of vocational service (1993)
  • Optimist Club Outstanding Leadership Award for distinguished service as President
  • Farmington Families in Action Award for continuing support and active involvement promoting awareness and education on substance abuse (1993)
  • National League of Cities National Award for Community Policing Program (1997)
  • Multi-Racial/Multi-Cultural Award (1996)
  • Rainbow Recognition Chair Award, Multi-Racial/Multi-Cultural Community Council (1999)
  • Life Member to the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (2004)
  • Crime Fighter Award from the Board of Directors of Invest in Kids Michigan (2004)
  • Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Presidential Medal (2005)
  • Collegian Award Recipient - Wayne State University (2009)
  • Police Executive of the Year - Crime Stoppers of Michigan (2010)
  • Nancy Bates Distinguished Public Service Award - Farmington/Farmington Hills Commission for Children, Youth and Families (2017)


  • FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, May, 1993, "Building Bridges - Police and Seniors Together"
  • FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, December, 1996, "Making Taxes Less Taxing - A Public Safety Millage Campaign"


  • Master's Degree: Criminal Justice - Wayne State University
  • B.S. Degree: Mercy College
  • Graduated: 97th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy
  • Graduate: L'Anse Creuse High School, Mount Clemens, Michigan

Commissioner Dwyer is married to Doris and has two adult sons. Commissioner Dwyer served with the Detroit Police Department for 23 years and retired as Commander of the Chief's Division. He was appointed Police Chief in Farmington Hills in 1985 and served as Chief for 23 years. He was also the Police Commissioner for the city of Warren, Michigan and retired in 2010 after being elected to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in November. Commissioner Dwyer graduated from Wayne State University with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice in December 1983 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mercy College in Detroit, Michigan in June 1979. He also attended the 97th Session of the F.B.I. National Academy.