Commissioner Omar A. Sims District 1.
Genesee County Commission District 1 is the area in which Omar A. Sims was raised and educated. Commissioner Sims has deep roots in this district that he now represents as County Commissioner.
Commissioner Sims has a long history in the public arena. As a high school student, he played an active role in getting sidewalks paved on Carpenter Road for Northwestern students and enhancing Mass Transportation Authority bus routes to meet the needs of area riders. Commissioner Sims worked with the administration of Flint's first African-American elected mayor, James Sharp, in this effort. This experience was a major factor in his chosen path of public service.
Commissioner Sims values the wise counsel of mentors. It was the encouragement of mentors Bishop M.C. Akins, former Sheriff Joe Wilson, and now State Representative Woodrow Stanley, that he returned home from Grambling State University and sowed his time, talent and treasures towards revitalizing Flint. His effort reaped its first harvest when he became a Program Manager at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF). At CFGF, Commissioner Sims successfully managed the Neighborhoods Small Grants Program and nationally recognized Youth Initiative Program.
In 1997, Commissioner Sims chose to embark on a journey to realize his dreams of serving as an elected leader. That year, he was elected by the citizens as Flint City Councilman representing Ward 1. His election blazed the trail, not only for him, but for many others to follow.
Commissioner Sims was elected to the Genesee County Board of Commissioners, representing District 1 in 2008 and has held the position of Governmental Operations Chairperson for five years. He is the Treasurer for the Genesee County Land Bank Board of Directors, committee member on the 9-1-1 Consortium and Genesee County Judicial Board.
Currently, Commissioner Sims is an active member in the community. He is a Board Member of Youth Leadership Institute, Inc.; Mentor and Advisor with Alpha Esquires, a youth mentoring group sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Flint Area Education Foundation alternate member; Life Member of Grambling State University National Alumni Association; and a member of Kingdom of Heaven Ministries.
Commissioner Sims is the recipient of numerous awards such as: Mayor's Drum Major Award; Outstanding Advisor Award Youth in Philanthropy-Michigan Community Foundations; James Cranberry Memorial Award; Flint Pan-Hellenic Council Floyd J. McCree Memorial Leadership Award; and the Sheriff's Citation of Professional Excellence.
Commissioner Sims is a proud graduate and participant of the following: Honors Graduate of Flint Northwestern High School; Graduate of Grambling State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration; Graduate of Michigan State University's Political Leadership Program; Honors Graduate of Cornerstone University with a Master's Degree in Management.
Commissioner Sims was raised by his single mother, Toni Sims and late grandmother, Jessie Sims. He is married to Donyale and is the father of three children. He credits his family, faith and numerous community members for the work he has been able to accomplish.