About the Supervisor's Office
The Office of the Township Supervisor is a flurry of activity!
State law and the Charter Township Act outlines the statutory duties of the Supervisor. These duties include assessing; preparation delivery of an annual budget to the Board of Trustees; appoints some commissioners and calls special meetings. Locally, our Supervisor serves the township as the chief law enforcement official and chief personnel officer. With the exceptions of departments directly under the supervision of the clerk or treasurer, all personnel and departments report to her. She is also an ex-officio member of all committees and commissions.
If that doesn't sound like a full day, please also include the organizations and community groups our Supervisor actively participates in. Some of these organizations include Conference of Western Wayne, SEMCOG, Michigan Township Association and Redford Township's Chamber of Commerce.
Providing children and families with opportunities for good education, recreation and housing is a cornerstone of her administration. To that end you can find new programs that she has developed for foreclosure prevention and community service referrals. Our Supervisor is the founder of the Redford Partnering Team whose mission is engage in collaborative and cooperative partnerships with local school districts which will improve efficiencies, reduce costs, improve communications, and "Build a Better Redford"
About Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz
Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz is the first woman elected to serve our community as Township Supervisor. She began her term of service on November 20, 2008 at a time when housing markets were crashing, people were losing their homes and the economic loss to the township was devastating the general fund. While many people would have thrown up their hands, she rolled up her sleeves and started to work.
Faced with unprecedented revenue loss Supervisor Schultz Kobylarz has taken a proactive and open approach to budgeting and financing. She actively engages department leaders, employees, union groups and the community at large through budget study sessions and utilization of social media tools.
This approach has provided venues and forms of communication that are critically important at a time where people need to be collaborative and cooperative. While the process is labor and emotionally intensive work, it is essential as we identify and incorporate cost saving ideas, revenue generators and key services. Everyone has the opportunity to engage and be involved.
Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz is constantly in touch with residents and members of the business community to ensure that their needs are being met. She is available to meet with you 1:1 or at special group meetings. Tracey is also an advocate of social media technology and can be easily contacted through Facebook, Linked In, Four Square, Plaxo or several email addresses. Her mission is to be accessible to you and in ways that are easy for you at a time that works for you.
Being the chief elected official in a community of 50,000 people is an honor and a privilege. Tracey never forgets that it is the work of the people she is carrying out and is actively engaged in community events and programs. It is not unusual to see Supervisor Kobylarz welcome the Arch Bishop of the Orthodox Church in the evening after throwing out the first pitch at a Little League opening game, reading to students and donating books to each elementary school in the township, singing Karaoke at the township festivals, enjoying a meal at a local diner or celebrating her faith in one of the many places of worship. She lives by the motto she often quotes that Redford Township is a great place to live, work, play and worship. Spend a few minutes with her and she will have you convinced that you are a member of an incredible community.
Tracey has lived in Redford Township for more than 45 years and is a proud graduate of Redford Union High School and Central Michigan University. She is a Certified Citizen Planner through Michigan State University and a graduate of the Michigan Township Association's Governance Academy. Prior to being elected as Trustee in 2004, Tracey was appointed in a unanimous decision by Supervisor Kevin Kelly and the Board of Trustees to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals. The years spent on the ZBA gave Tracey a solid background in zoning, building and planning issues. She continued to serve as the Board's representative to the ZBA for an additional four years while also serving as a member of the Board.
Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz is married to Matt. They have two children, Alex and Amy. She is a member of St. Valentine Catholic Church and volunteers regularly for numerous charitable organizations.