For his entire professional life, Kurt Heise has been a public servant, businessman, and community volunteer. He is a proven leader and problem-solver with a history of bringing people together and getting results for the taxpayer.
Kurt doesn't take our way of life for granted. He's concerned about our future, and now wants to put his experience to work for the residents of Northville, Plymouth, Canton & Wayne.
In 2003, Kurt began a six-and-a-half year tenure as Director of the Wayne County Department of Environment. He managed a $145 million per year public corporation with 140 employees. Kurt strengthened environmental partnerships throughout Southeast Michigan, improved environmental protection, and cut cost of government. Kurt played a significant role in the development of the State Watershed Alliance Act and other state environmental laws, was a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Lake St. Clair, and received an appointment from the Republican Michigan Speaker of the House to serve as co-chair of the Michigan Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council. He also participated in two county trade missions to China, and spoke at the invitation of the South Korean government at an international conference on environmental protection. Kurt also worked with Republicans and Democrats to fight Canadian trash and improve recycling opportunities for Wayne County residents.
While at the county, Kurt cut the number of political appointee positions in his department in half, reduced staff, and worked with his team to improve efficiency and value for the county's environmental services. Throughout his time at the County, Kurt never abandoned his Party, or his common-sense conservative principles; more importantly, he never forgot that he was a steward of your money.
Kurt is now 44 years old, and wants to put his 17 years of experience to work for Northville, Plymouth, Canton, and Wayne. We need bold, conservative ideas and the commitment to see them through.
He's been married to his wife, attorney Catherine Heise, for 15 years, and has two daughters in the Plymouth-Canton Community School District. Like thousands of other families, Kurt and Cathy chose to live in Western Wayne County for three reasons: Excellent schools, low taxes, and a great quality of life.
Kurt received a Bachelor's Degree with distinction from the University of Michigan in 1988. He then went to Wayne State Law School, where he earned two law degrees - the second one being a Masters of Laws in labor and employment law. He passed the Michigan Bar Exam on his first try in 1991, and been a member of the State Bar of Michigan ever since.
Today, Kurt is a small businessman and lawyer in Plymouth Township, working with Plymouth and Canton Township's legal departments, and as an environmental and energy consultant. He is also a consultant for Wayne State University's Urban Watershed program, and is a small business startup mentor with Wayne State's TechTown project in Detroit.
Kurt is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Wayne State University, teaching Public Policy graduate students and Civil Engineers about environmental politics and policy in Southeast Michigan. Kurt is also invloved in other regional efforts to bring environmental and water-based jobs to Michigan. He has made dozens of television and radio appearances to discuss the environment, speaking to international audiences and elementary classrooms, from local cable channels to NBC News.
2007 – present Trustee, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Educational Excellence Foundation.
2003 – 2007 Co-Chair, Michigan Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council.
2002 – 2006 Dearborn Heights Tax Increment Financing Authority (TIFA) and Brownfield Authority.
1998 – 2009 Rouge River Remedial Action Plan Advisory Council. Served as Chair from 1999 to 2003, during which time the Rouge River Remedial Action Plan was completely updated.
1989 – Present Dearborn City Beautiful Commission. Served as Chair for two years. Created “Dearborn Pride” Award. Currently Commissioner Emeritus.
1992–1994; 2009-2012 Friends of the Rouge Board of Directors. Served on Executive Director selection committee. Created “Best Friends of the Rouge” Award.
1992 – 2007 Dearborn Community Arts Council. Served as President for three years.
State Representative, 20th House District of Michigan, representing Northville, Plymouth, Wayne, and a portion of Canton Township. Vice-Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Member of House Education Committee and Family, Children & Seniors Committee. Member of Michigan Law Revision Commission.
At the age of 27, Kurt was one of the youngest city attorneys in Michigan, getting his start in Dearborn Heights and the City of Woodhaven.
In 2003, Kurt began a six-and-a-half year tenure as Director of the Wayne County Department of Environment. He managed a $145 million per year public corporation with 140 employees. Kurt strengthened environmental partnerships throughout Southeast Michigan, improved environmental protection, and cut the cost of government.
While at the county, Kurt cut the number of political appointee positions in his department in half, reduced staff, and worked with his team to improve efficiency and value for the county's environmental services.
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Kurt's team at the Department of Environment won the National Association of County Government's Best Practices Award in 2009 for its sound budget management, cost-cutting practices and efficiency, and received other national awards for environmental protection.