Mayor Brian Hartwell was elected as Mayor in November 2015 after serving two terms on city council from 2007-2011 and 2011-2015. He was reelected in 2017. Brian is a lifelong resident of Madison Heights attending both Madison and Lamphere schools. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Politics and Economics from Western Michigan University and graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree.
Brian formerly interned in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office and volunteered at the US Veterans Legal Clinic. He currently owns and operates a business located in Madison Heights, the Law Office of Brian C. Hartwell, PLLC. He is a licensed attorney admitted to practice law in the State of Michigan, federal court, bankruptcy court and Saginaw Chippewa tribal court.
Brian is active in the community as a member of the Madison Heights Men’s Club. As past president of the Kiwanis Club, Brian organizes an annual donation of English dictionaries to local school kids. Brian organizes a citywide cleanup of snowy and icy bus stops. He also works with little league baseball as an umpire. For years Brian has volunteered with the Senior Center’s “Ask a Lawyer” program by providing confidential free consultations to low income seniors. He also is a volunteer at the city’s animal shelter.
As Councilperson and/or Mayor, Brian served on the IT Advisory Committee, Crime Commission, Charter Amendment Committee, Election Commission, Housing Commission, Planning Commission, and is the city’s representative to Metro Matters formerly known as the Michigan Suburbs Alliance.