Robinson named interim executive director of Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center

David Robinson, who recently retired as deputy chief of the Dearborn Police Department, was appointed by the board of directors in September to serve as interim executive director of Wayne County Dispute Resolution Center (WCDRC) upon departure of the nonprofit organization’s former director.

According to Siham Awada Jaafar, WCDRC’s board president, Robinson is a natural fit to align the Center’s mission and vision with creating new opportunities for growth.

“David served on WCDRC’s board of directors for nearly five years and comes to us with more than 30 years of service with the Dearborn Police Department, including extensive experience in community policing, operations, supervision and development of internal and community-wide initiatives,” said Jaafar. “Our board was delighted that David agreed to accept our offer as interim executive director.”

Robinson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration from Michigan State University, and Master of Science degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Eastern Michigan University, where he also attended the school of police staff and command executive leadership program.

As an active participant in charitable events and community organizations, Robinson became known for his ability to bring stakeholders together in order to collectively identify and address issues through inclusion and building relationships of trust.

Robinson said, “Having served on the WCDRC board of directors, I understand that we are perfectly positioned with regard to the need for dispute resolution, an increased public recognition about the value of mediation, and a growing need for these services in communities throughout Wayne County.”

He added that WCDRC offers a vast array of services in the areas of general/civil cases, domestic and family issues, and within schools for restorative practices and special education.

 “We’re at a time when dispute resolution services are being recognized as an affordable and successful alternative to litigation,” said Robinson, who looks forward to expanding programs through mediation and other services that prevent escalation of issues to a point of crisis, including the areas of mental health intervention.

WCDRC is one of the largest of 18 community-based nonprofit mediation centers in Michigan that provided dispute resolution services. It recently celebrated the opening of its new office that includes space for training volunteer mediators and private rooms to conduct mediations.

Centrally located to serve communities throughout Wayne County, WCDRC is in the Dearborn Atrium at 835 Mason, Suite C-300 in Dearborn.


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