(WJBK) -- A native Detroiter, Jeffrey Collins is a 1981 graduate of Northwestern University and a 1984 honor graduate of Howard University School of Law.
He began his legal career as an attorney with the Detroit law firm of Bell & Hudson, P.C. In 1994, he was appointed Judge of Detroit Recorder's Court. In 1998 Collins was elevated to the Michigan Court of Appeals where he served for three years. During this time on the bench, Collins also served as an adjunct professor at Wayne State University School of Law.
In 2001, Jeffrey Collins was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by a unanimous vote of the United States Senate to serve as the United States attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. Taking office right after the tragic events of 9/11, Collins established "BRIDGES", a blue-print for effective community-law enforcement partnerships. Under his leadership, Collins was also instrumental in negotiating the historic "consent decree" which mandated major reform in the Detroit Police Department.
In November 2011, Collins was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Wayne County, MI, the nation's 15th largest county. By virtue of the appointment, Collins held full executive authority and was the County's second highest ranking executive. As Deputy CEO, he oversaw all operations of the Executive Branch, with an annual budget of approximately $2 billion.
In November 2014, Collins published his first book entitled, "Do the Right Thing: Make
Ethics Your Brand."