Long-time elected official named to high school Wall of Fame

Joseph Palamara has public service in his blood.

He’s been an elected official representing Downriver since 1984.

Joseph Palamara, a resident of Grosse Ile, has been named to the 2019 Roosevelt High School Distinguished Graduate Wall of Fame for his decades of public service.

In 1998, he was elected to the Wayne County Commission, where he currently serves as vice chairman. He also serves on the commission’s committees of Ways and Means, Economic Development and Public Services. The district he represents comprises Grosse Ile Township, Wyandotte, Ecorse, River Rouge, Gibraltar, Riverview, Southgate and Trenton.

Palmara was first nominated for the Wall of Fame by former Southgate Mayor Norma Wurmlinger, another Wall of Fame inductee who graduated from Roosevelt in 1949. That was a few years ago. More recently, Palamara was nominated for the honor again by former Wyandotte Mayor James Wagner.

A devoted family man, Palamara and his wife are parents to Lauren, Lance and Samantha and grandparents to four.

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