Khalil Rahal

Khalil Rahal is the Assistant County Executive responsible for overseeing economic development activity, as well as facilities and real estate management while leading the County’s legislative work in Washington D.C. as well as Lansing. In addition, Rahal manages community development funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and works to reduce property tax foreclosures by coordinating prevention efforts with the Wayne County Land Bank. He also leads the County’s efforts on regional issues such as public transportation.

During the pandemic, the County Executive turned to Khalil to help with the financial crisis that was looming. Khalil worked to balance the Fiscal Year 2020 and 2021 budgets while helping to maintain Wayne County’s credit rating. Khalil also headed one of largest local responses to small business relief in the country with a variety of loan and grant programs.

In 2018, Rahal was recognized as one of Crain’s Detroit Business’ 40 Under 40, awarded to those Detroit area leaders recognized as making a significant difference in their communities. Crain’s also recognized Rahal in 2019, as one the 50 Names to Know in Government. He also received the 2019 Medalist of the Year recipient by the Michigan Economic Development Association.

Prior to joining the County, Rahal served as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office from January 2010 until January 2015. Assigned to the Special Victims Unit, Rahal was involved in over 1,000 criminal cases, specializing in sexual assaults and domestic violence.

Rahal serves as a board member for several entities and is currently the Chairman of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transit (SMART). He is a board member of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. He earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. Prior to going to law school, Rahal was a special education teacher in the Grand Rapids Public School District.