Westland official quits amid domestic violence charges

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Westland’s Parks and Recreation director has resigned amid charges of domestic abuse.

Mayor William Wild said John Adams submitted his letter of resignation at the end of the day Tuesday.

Adams said in his letter that he didn’t want publicity surrounding his personal life to be a distraction to the city as it celebrates its 50th anniversary, according to Wild.

Adams, 51, is accused of domestic assault following an incident May 26 in which Canton Township police responded to a disturbance at the Adams’ residence. He also faces a count for a prior incident.

Adams was charged with two misdemeanor counts of domestic violence, according to police. He is due back in court Friday for a pretrial conference.

“Certainly I’m always disappointed when one of our employees does something off duty that reflects badly on the city,” Wild said. “At the end of the day, I’ve got to continue to move the city forward.”

Adams did not return calls seeking comment Wednesday. He previously told The Detroit News that he pleaded not guilty to both counts and “I anticipate a successful outcome.”

Adams was named parks and recreation director in February, Wild said. The position is appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council. Adams also served as Inkster’s fire chief until his contract expired May 31.

Prior to that, Adams served for 20 years in the Westland Fire Department before retiring in 2014 to lead the Fire Department in Inkster.

“He had a exemplary career as a firefighter here for two decades,” Wild said. “I wish Mr. Adams the best.”

Wild said the city is working internally to keep the Parks and Recreation Department stable. Staff will post a job opening and use a couple different avenues in an effort to attract qualified candidates, he said.

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