AT 39, Scott has BUILT an impressive resume of service to the Livonia community

Community Involvement

  • City Council - Finance Committee Chair, Strategic Planning Committee Vice-Chair (2015-Present)

  • Planning Commission (2011-2015)

  • Livonia Community Marketing Consortium, Founding Member (2005-2014)

  • Compton Village Civic Association, President (2005-2014)

  • Board of Canvassers (2011-2014)

  • Here2There Speaker and Panel Moderator (2006-Present)

  • Education Alliance, Chamber-LPS partnership (2004-2007)

  • LPS Superintendent Advisory Council (2007-2009)

  • YMCA/LSC Soccer Coach (2011-Present)

  • Livonia Recreation Center, Member

  • Apostolic Christian Church - Sunday School Teacher, Local Relief Coordinator, Choir Director

Professional Experience

  • Barton Malow Company, Director (2019-Present)

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Senior Manager of Portfolio Planning (2012-2019)

  • The CEO Advantage, Marketing Manager (2007-2012)

  • DaimlerChrysler, Product Engineer (2004-2007)

  • Chrysler Institute of Engineering Leadership Training Program (2002-2004)

Education

  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn (2004)

  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University (2002)

  • Stevenson High School (Class of 1998)

Personal

Married to Jamie (17 years) with four children (ages 8-15)

Scott on His Council Priorities

#1: Keep Livonia Focused on the “3 Es”

This city does a lot of things right, so I’m not looking to reinvent the wheel.  I will continue to focus on what I call the “3 Es,” which are keys to Livonia’s continued success:

Engaged Citizenry: The backbone of Livonia’s success has always been residents who take personal responsibility for their community.  As a councilman, I start with an understanding that it’s the citizens who are ultimately in charge, and I will continue to use my public platform to encourage their involvement and seek their accountability.  For example, followers of my Facebook page (@CouncilmanScottBahr) know that I report outcomes of each Council meeting and transparently explain the rationale for my votes. 

Efficient Government: Government works best when limited, and I applaud the leaders of the last 70 years who have planned and operated our city so efficiently.  As a councilman, I will continue to ensure that we stay focused on providing top-notch public safety, excellent services, and beautiful parks, all with the lowest city tax rate in the county.  The cost-cutting we endured 5-10 years ago was healthy for us, and I want to help maintain that discipline even as property tax revenues grow.  For example, as Chair of the Finance Committee, I recommended that we use the unexpected windfalls of higher-than-expected state property tax reimbursements to decrease our unfunded retirement liabilities rather than succumb to the temptation of flashy projects.  This type of discipline is what results in our external auditor calling Livonia the “gold standard” for municipal financial health in Michigan. 

Economic Development: In 7+ years as a planning commissioner and city councilman, I have seen up close how well our city works with businesses to encourage investment in our community.  Nobody does it better.  With our citizen’s best interests in mind, I have been a business-friendly councilman, working to provide the stable financial environment and consistent policy approach that gives businesses the confidence to invest in our community.  Our record-low industrial vacancy rate, significant redevelopment throughout the city, and increasing home values is evidence of our success. 

#2: Begin Implementation of Livonia’s New Master Plan

In May 2019, the Council formally accepted the completed “Vision21” report, the result of a multi-year effort to define Livonia’s vision for the future.  I think this project did a fine job of pushing some innovative ideas while staying firmly grounded in the principles that have built the foundation of Livonia’s success.  I look forward to exploring how we can begin implementing this plan with the City Center as our most likely starting point.