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First African-American Women to Serve on Oakland County Parks Board

By | 2019-01-23T16:13:37-05:00 January 23rd, 2019|Michigan, News|

Last week the Oakland County Parks & Recreation Commission held its first meeting of the year and introduced its newest members, Oakland County Commissioner Nancy Quarles

Nancy Quarles

(D-Southfield) and

. Quarles and Bagley are the first African-American women ever to serve on the OCPR Commission.
“It’s a new day in Oakland County. Together, we celebrate the diversity that Ms. Bagley and my colleague, Commissioner Quarles, bring to the commission,” said Oakland County Board Chairman David T. Woodward (D-Royal Oak), who is the first Democratic chairman in more than 40 years. “Their fresh and valuable perspective will result in better decisions that help us to create better parks for everyone.”
“Democrats have long advocated the need to improve county park investments in the more populated areas of this county,” Quarles said. “We all pay into the parks funds, and I will work for equitable use of those resources to make parks and recreation programs accessible for all the citizens in Oakland County.”
“It is truly an honor to be one of the first African-American women to serve on this commission for Oakland County,” Bagley said. “Serving my community has long been a passion of mine. I am excited to get to work on behalf of my county alongside a wonderful group of leaders. We can all do something and I choose to do this.”
Quarles was first elected to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in 1994 before she became a member of the Michigan House of Representatives. After her tenure in the state legislature, she was later re-elected to the BOC, representing the City of Lathrup Village and portions of the cities of Oak Park and Southfield. She currently serves as chair of the BOC Legislative Affairs and Government Operations Committee.

Ebony Bagley

Currently a web producer for CBS Detroit, Bagley has worked as a teacher and is a former program director for Birmingham Public Schools. She is a staunch anti-cyberbullying advocate and an Oakland County native who grew up in Southfield, Michigan.
The OCPR Commission was established by Public Act 261 of 1965. Founded in 1966, it is the policymaking board that oversees the system’s 6,700 acres. OCPR commissioners determine how to allocate resources throughout 13 parks and are tasked with making decisions about purchasing and maintaining park land, constructing facilities and developing programs and services. More information about OCPR is available at or by calling 1-888-OCPARKS.

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