Karla Henderson


Planning and Facilities Group Executive
City of Detroit, Michigan

Karla Henderson was appointed by Mayor Dave Bing as the Group Executive of Planning and Facilities on August 2, 2011. With over 14 years of increasingly responsible management experience in the administration of public services and resources, Ms. Henderson oversees the Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department, the Building Authority, the Planning and Development Department, the Land Use plan and the Mayor’s Demolition Program. Ms. Henderson’s original appointment by Mayor Bing was as the Director of the Buildings, Safety and Engineering Department in July 2009.

Prior to joining the City of Detroit, Ms. Henderson was Manager of the Field Operations Services Unit for the City of Ann Arbor. In this capacity she was responsible for the overall management and strategic planning for the Unit including planning, coordinating and directing the operations of the water, sewer, storm utility system, park operations and forestry, natural area preservation, refuse and recycling collection, street maintenance, signs and signals, radios, technical services and the compost center. She also participated in labor management processes.

From 1996 to 2001, Ms. Henderson served as Director of Special Programs for the City of Highland Park, Michigan. Her primary responsibilities were developing operational budgets, developing a Master Plan, supervising and directing staff, maintaining city facilities, evaluating community needs, future programs and special events for the City.

Karla Henderson holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Public Resource Management from the Michigan State University and resides in Detroit.