Meet the Mayor
|Phil O’Dwyer was born in Holycross, Co.Tipperary, Ireland. He immigrated to the United States on August 16,1973 and became an American citizen in 1979. He has been a Berkley resident since 1980.
Phil studied psychology at the University of Detroit and the University of Notre Dame and holds a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Wayne State University. Currently, he is President and Clinical Director of Brookfield Clinics, Garden City, Michigan. He is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Counseling at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.
During the Blanchard Administration, Dr. O’Dwyer was appointed chair of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Substance Abuse Services for the State of Michigan. He has also authored several academic publications and is a national consultant on Mental Health issues. In 2011, Dr. O'Dwyer was elected Mayor of the City of Berkley after six years of service as a city council member. He is a member of the Michigan Association of Mayors, a delegate to the National League of Cities, a member of the South Eastern Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), and is a member of the Woodward Avenue Action Association Board of Directors.
Mayor O’Dwyer is a 2015 inductee in the Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame.
As Mayor, Phil serves as the chair of all council meetings and is the ceremonial head of government for the city.