City Council President Ryan Deel Announces Re-election Bid in Rochester Hills

Ryan Deel is announcing he’s seeking re-election to the Rochester Hills City Council

The four members of the Deel family pose for a photo.
The Deel Family

In his first term on the council, the 45-year-old Deel – a resident of Rochester Hills since 2003, has, along with his city council colleagues, helped guide the city during the COVID-19 global pandemic. He worked to raise support for local small businesses through initiatives such as Restaurant BINGO and Retail Therapy, in which he and several other city council members funded gift cards for distribution to residents for shopping at local businesses.

He also led an effort to relax certain city ordinances to allow outdoor business activity, such as outdoor dining, and waived fees so small, local businesses could pivot and profit.

In addition, he helped the city create an online environment – including virtual meetings – so city business stayed accessible and consistent. He was unanimously elected City Council President by his colleagues in 2019 and 2020.

Two adults and two children walk down a street for a parade. Spectators line the sidewalks.
The Deel Family in the 2018 Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade – Photo by Michael Dwyer

“I became City Council President just months before the COVID-19 virus appeared in Michigan and while it’s been a challenge, I’m proud of the way this city has stepped up and worked creatively,” said Deel. “I am honored to be a part of this team.”

“Ryan’s leadership on city council has been instrumental in maintaining the high quality of life we enjoy in Rochester Hills,” said Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. “Ryan is a dynamic and passionate leader, who has played a vital role in our city’s success.”

Deel is married to Melinda. They have twin sons, Jack and Brennan. He is the Judicial Staff Attorney for Probate Court Judge Linda S. Hallmark. He is a graduate of Michigan State University – James Madison College and Wayne State University Law School.

Before he was elected to City Council, he served as vice president of the Rochester Hills Public Library Board and the City of Rochester Hills Building Authority. He is also the president of the Arcadia Park Subdivision Homeowners Association. Deel is a member of the Friends of the Rochester Hills Public Library, Rochester Rotary, the State Bar of Michigan, and the Oakland County Bar Association.

“Rochester Hills is our home and we are here for the long haul,” Deel said. “I love serving the city and I’m honored and privileged to have had the experience to do so in many different ways. It’s truly a mission for me to continue to expand the high quality of life we all enjoy here and to provide the stellar service our residents want and need.”

Deel serves on the council’s Capital Improvement Project Technical Review Committee, Liquor License Technical Review Committee, and Strategic Planning and Policy Review Committee. He also serves as the council liaison to the Rochester Hills Government Youth Council.

Sixteen high school students wearing matching green Rochester Hills polo shirts stand next to city council person Ryan Deal.
Rochester Hills Government Youth Council

In the past, he served on the board of directors for the Rochester Avon Recreation Authority, the Rochester Hills Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and the Sister City Committee with Rochester.

In addition to his efforts during the pandemic, Deel helped guide the development of the Auburn Road Corridor project, including the construction of the city’s first public splash pad, and Innovation Hills – the city’s newest park.

He also worked to maintain city streets, parks and infrastructure without raising taxes, and stayed within the city budget.

“I know my constituents have placed a high level of trust in my ability to lead, innovate and achieve and I don’t take that lightly,” Deel said. “I’m looking forward to expanding on the work I have been a part of in my second term.”

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