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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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 Councilman Sareini requests hazard pay for first responders in the city

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

While COVID-19 continues to spread, many communities and businesses have offered bonuses, pay increases, hazard pay and other incentives for essential employees and first responders. Dearborn Councilman Mike Sareini believes Dearborn should do the same.

During a recent council meeting, Sareini requested the city to provide council information regarding hazardous duty pay for first responders.

“We need the research before we can put together a resolution,” he said. “We can’t just decide on a method and a monetary amount without having the data to show what will be best suited for our community.”

With the death toll continuing to rise, Sareini said he knows several people who have tested positive for the virus or have lost their life due to COVID-19.

“Someone mentioned the hazardous pay to me a couple weeks ago and I began doing my research,” he said. “This is a very serious thing.”

Sareini said that no monetary amount is an equal trade-off.

“The monetary amount is in no way a trade-off for the work that these men and women are doing during this pandemic,” he said. “I just hope that it shows our support and appreciation for the work that they are doing.”

While other communities are doing different things, Sareini said that the city of Dearborn is in a better place financially and he believes this is necessary.

“The police chief, fire chief, and financial director will retrieve the data and present it back to us so a resolution can be brought forward,” he said. “It usually takes about 10 days or less. It’s possible that backdated pay from the start of this may be requested. It’s up to them to bring forth their findings and what they think is the best option.”

Sareini also said it’s a priority for first responders to be given this as they don’t really have a choice.

“They don’t get the option of social distancing,” he said. “They don’t have all the ways of protecting themselves that we do. The police and fire departments don’t have a choice.”

While residents across the state and even country are required to stay home, Sareini said that should be appreciated.

“We should appreciate that we have the ability to stay home,” he said. “As we are all at home safe, they are putting their lives at risk to keep us safe and anything we can do to show support and appreciation should be done.”

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