By ZEINAB NAJM
DEARBORN — Fadwa Hammoud — recently sworn in as state solicitor general — announced her resignation from the Dearborn Public Schools Board of Education at the board’s March 11 meeting.
She informed the board she will submit an official resignation letter soon.
“This meeting was so personal to me too because I did say my first time coming here was the time I came for Imad, and my last day here is voting on his resolution,” Hammoud said, referencing the board’s unanimous decision to rename the Fordson High School atrium and Stout Middle School team meeting room for the late Imad Fadlallah. (See related story here.)
“I know we will have many conversations as we have,” she said, “but I did want to say that for the record. It has been the absolute honor of my life.”
During the meeting, Trustee Mary Lane, participating via phone while on vacation, reflected on working with Hammoud.
“I’ve just been so impressed with her intelligence, her compassion, her preparation from the first minute when she came to ask for the position of board trustee, she showed her energy and her ethics,” Lane said. “I’m so proud to have had the pleasure of being on the short road together in life with her during this time.
“I just would like to say that I’m missing you already and I’m so sorry to see you go, but I know you can do more at the statewide level than perhaps at our board level.”
Trustee Mary Petlichkoff said that as soon as the board receives Hammoud’s letter, it will release the application process to the public in order to fill the position.
Hammoud, a former Wayne County Prosector, was sworn in as the state’s 12th solicitor general by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel during a ceremony Feb. 9 at Fordson High School.
She is the country’s first Muslim Arab-American solicitor general and the first woman appointed to the position in Michigan. Hammoud will review and take the lead on major criminal cases in Michigan, beginning with the Flint water crisis criminal cases.
In July 2015, the board appointed Hammoud to fill the seat of former Trustee Aimee Schoelles who left to pursue a job in Ohio. The following year, Hammoud was elected to a full six-year term.
Hammoud graduated from Fordson in 2003, then went on to earn her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn followed by her law degree from Wayne State University.
According to the board website, Hammoud is the Election Day chairwoman for the American Arab Political Action Committee, a volunteer attorney for the Woman Lawyers Association of Michigan and a member of the Lebanese International Business Council.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])