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Michael Sareini was elected to his first term on the Dearborn City Council in November 2013.


Sareini is a life long resident of Dearborn.  He is the son of the late Tom Sareini, owner of the Village Café previously located for over 25 years on Greenfield Rd at Rotunda Drive, and Suzanne Sareini, retired Dearborn City Council President Pro-Tem who served on the Council for 24 years.


Sareini and his wife Dalal have five children – Toufic, Houssain, Aliah, Suzanne and Hassan.


Sareini graduated from Fordson High School in 1990 and earned his Associate’s Degree from Henry Ford Community College in 1993. Sareini began a career in automotive sales in 1995. Sareini has won countless sales awards, and in 2011 was recognized by Ford Motor Company as Michigan’s #1 ranked volume salesman and #3 ranked salesman in the country.


Sareini was appointed as the sole representative of the state of Michigan in a national Ford Sales Advisory Panel that consisted of only 13 nationally renowned salesmen. Sareini’s recommendation resulted in a direct policy change within Ford Credit, the company’s financing arm.


In 2006, after 14 years out of the classroom, and while working full-time and raising his family, Sareini returned to school to complete his education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Sareini graduated in 2009 “With High Distinction,” earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and minoring in Psychology.


Sareini continued pursuing higher education, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been a general practicing Attorney for 8 years.


Sareini was chosen by the Michigan Attorney General as a transition team guidance member of experts comprising extremely-revered individuals from the government, legal, indigenous, and corporate sectors.  This team was formed to guide a smooth and seamless transition between administrations as the Attorney General-Elect took office, effective January 1, 2019.


Sareini has a long history of participating in Dearborn youth recreation programs, sitting on boards and coaching. Sareini is a supporter of many local charities.

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 City Council holds vote for retiree healthcare funding

This article is republished from Press & Guide, originally written by Briana Gaskorski and can be found here.

The Dearborn City Council voted Oct. 23 to decide the amount being bonded for post-employment health care funding.

The issue was offered by Councilman Brian O’Donnell and was supported by Councilwoman Leslie Herrick.

The proposed amount for bonding was $35 million, which puts the city at 44 percent funding.

“In January, the original proposal was to bond up to $90 million for post-employment health care,” Dearborn Financial Director James O’Connor said. “We came back in the summertime and talked about a $20 million bond issue. That item was withdrawn by the administration and in September, we discussed a $45 million bond proposal.”

With the state law, Public Act 202, going into effect, each city is required to have a funding level of 40 percent.

“We came and talked about issuing bonds,” O’Connor said. “We updated the asset number, but we didn’t update the liability number so the liability was from 2016 at $226 million while the assets were the current assets on hand at $82 million. This resulted in an unfunded liability of $144 million and a 36 percent funding level. Based on that, with the numbers disjointed from timing, we had an $8.7 million number to get to the 40 percent funding level.”

Councilwoman Erin Byrnes said the process was an important one to undergo.

“This has been a lengthy and complex process, but I think the bottom line is that it is about assigning a dollar value,” Byrnes said. “But it’s also about so much more than that. I think we have the opportunity right now as a council and administration, as well, to set a tone, a positive tone and one that really shows our retirees and our current and future city employees that we value the work that they do.”

Being at a 44 percent funding level, Councilman Mike Sareini said that allows the city to have some cushioning without being able to take their eye off the ball.

“Had we gone with the bonding option of $45 million at a 48 percent funding level, it left us too much room to overlook it when doing budgeting every year and then we would be right back here in five years doing this exact same thing but without the option to bond,” he said.

Councilman Robert Abraham said he would like to have a larger bond than $35 million.

“I’m fully supporting the $35 million because I think it’s a great place to be at this point,” he said.

Eric Cullum, president of the Dearborn Police and Fire Retirees Association, said he agrees with Abraham and asked the City Council to request a $40 million bond instead.

“I’m asking you to consider 40,” he said. “The amount for the bond is lower, and you’re addressing the situation, but I don’t think in the future going forward that there will be a City Council or mayor that will address the situation.”

Councilman David Bazzy said he supports the $35 million.

“I think the number we came to is a nice compromise,” Bazzy said. “There’s no interest like self interest, but we have to do what’s best for the whole community.”

While Council President Susan Dabaja said the bond was inevitable, Byrnes said it was the right thing to do.

“This is not only the right thing to do, but it’s the only thing to do,” Byrnes said. “The residents’ and retirees’ voices matter and have been heard.”

Sareini said he believes the decision has a lot of positive feedback.

“We need to focus on all current and future retirees when making these decisions,” he said. “There’s a lot of positive feedback and I think that will continue.”

Public Act 202 states that municipalities are allowed to bond; however, cities are responsible for deciding the amount and are required to submit a plan by Oct. 26 on how they will meet the 40 percent funding requirement for post-employment health care.

Council members voted unanimously on a $35 million bond to fund post-employment health care at 44 percent.

“I’m very proud to work with colleagues,” Sareini said. “I’m proud of the work we did to come up with a good resolution to help our taxpayers and retirees.”

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