Mayor Deirdre Waterman



About Mayor Waterman

Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman is a committed public servant with decades of professional expertise, public service and philanthropic endeavors. She was elected mayor by the citizens of Pontiac in 2013, becoming the first woman to ever be elected to the position. Mayor Waterman was recently re-elected to the position in November of 2017.


Worked successfully to end 10 years of Emergency Managers and state takeover. Gone from a deficit budget to a $15 million surplus. Pontiac is positioning itself as a leader in the high-tech jobs sector. Peter Karmanos has moved Maddog Technology, a high-tech incubator that has brought five high-tech start-ups to Pontiac.

Downtown along Saginaw St. has seen new restaurants come in at a steady pace with Slows BBQ opening its only Oakland County restaurant here. The Fillmore just opened and Ex-Fermentation has been supplying food and drink for over year. Not to mention restoration of the historic Flagstar Strand Theatre and Riker Building.

Flagstar Bank announced a $10 million investment in the City of Pontiac.-loans and grants will be invested towards economic development, small businesses, and homeownership mortgages.

United Shore Financial Services LLC plans to move its headquarters from Troy to a larger building in Pontiac. United Shore will pay $40 million for the building and 60 acres of property and another $40 million on renovations. The company has plans of moving its entire operations, including its more than 2,000 employees, into the building next summer.

Negotiated $2 million for service jobs and training for Pontiac residents. Torn down over 700 blighted properties - 86% of abandoned homes gone and property values are going up.

Previously, Mayor Waterman ensured that the Pontiac Public Library remained open and a beneficial asset to city residents. She was founding President of the Friends of the Pontiac Public Library, advocated for the library millage’s successful passage and was elected by the people to the Pontiac Public Library Board of Trustees in 2009. Her peers chose her to lead the board as Chairwoman. Mayor Waterman also served on the Pontiac Charter Revision Commission in 2012 and 2013.

An ophthalmologist by profession, Dr. Waterman is a longtime business owner and operated her practice, Holloway Eye Care, in Pontiac for over thirty years. She was the first African-American female ophthalmologist in the state of Michigan. Many Pontiac residents have been patients in her practice.

Dr. Waterman stepped up as a leader in her professional career. She served as Chairwoman of the National Medical Association, Region IV, as well as two terms as Finance Chair for that organization. She was also President of the Associated Healthcare Providers and is listed in the first edition of Vital Signs: Michigan, citing African-American achievement in healthcare.

Further, Dr. Waterman served as Vice Chair of the then-North Oakland Medical Center and served as Finance Chair during its transition to Doctors’ Hospital of Michigan, helping ensure hundreds of jobs remained in the city of Pontiac.

She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, with a degree in Biology and Political Science, as well as Meharry Medical College. She completed her residency at the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State University.

She and her husband, the late Judge William Waterman, have two children, Shana and Toussaint, whom they raised in Pontiac. Mayor Waterman has called Pontiac home for over four decades. She is an active member of Plymouth United Church of Christ.