Supervisor Kurt Heise
TOWNSHIP SUPERVISOR KURT L. HEISE
Supervisor Kurt L. Heise was elected in 2016 and re-elected in 2020 for a four-year term. He is married to Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court Judge Catherine Heise, and has two adult daughters, Kate and Claire.
Supervisor Heise serves as Chairman of the Michigan International Technology Corridor (MITC), Chairman of the Western Townships Utilities Authority (WTUA), and a member of the 35th District Court Authority. In 2017 he was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Huron-Clinton Metropark Authority for a four-year term. He is also a ten-year member of the Plymouth Noon Rotary Club and the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce.
Supervisor Heise graduated from the Dearborn Public Schools in 1984 and the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1988. He earned a Juris Doctorate and a Master of Laws in Labor Law from Wayne State University Law School in 1991 and 1993. Heise was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1991, and is licensed to practice in the Federal District Court in Detroit and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Supervisor Heise has 30 years of experience as a municipal, labor, and environmental attorney in Southeast Michigan. For nine years, he served as the Assistant City Attorney in Dearborn Heights and Woodhaven, and as the Mayor’s Deputy in Dearborn Heights.
From 2003 to 2009, Heise served as Director of the Wayne County Department of Environment. He played a key role in the development of the State Watershed Alliance Act, was a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Lake St. Clair, and served as co-chair of the Michigan Groundwater Conservation Advisory Council. Heise represented Wayne County on all matters impacting the Detroit Water & Sewer Department and the Rouge River Watershed before the Federal Court, EPA, and MDEQ.
Supervisor Heise has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University, and Wayne State University, teaching a course entitled “Environmental Politics & Policy of Southeast Michigan.”
From 2011 to 2016, Heise served as State Representative for the 20th House District, covering Plymouth, Northville, and eastern Canton. As State Representative, Heise sponsored 39 laws, and served as Chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, and Co-Chair of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission.