About Dennis Hennen

Dennis has served on Berkley City Council since 2017 and is currently up for re-election in November 2021.

Dennis Hennen at new business ribbon cutting

In his first term...

  • Made over 1,000 posts to Berkley social media groups.
  • Helped more than 250 people with city issues.
  • Hosted 15 coffee talks to hear from the public.
  • Attended 76 open houses and community events.
  • Participated in over 300 hours of continuing education.
  • Helped write legislation to protect trees.
  • Promoted a budget increase to plant more trees.
  • Increased transparency by posting meeting materials and videos. 
  • Wrote new legislation instituting training and attendance requirements for our board and commission members.
  • Introduced a resolution to reimburse permit fees for sewer backflow valves and looking for ways to provide them for free or to help finance their installation.

Dennis is...

About Me

I grew up in Wheeling, West Virginia. After receiving my BS in Mathematics and Computer Science, I settled in Columbus, Ohio to complete my Masters in Computer Science. While there, I was president of WOOSE (We Oppose Ohio State airport Expansion).  We successfully prevented the Ohio State University from allowing their airport to further encroach into the surrounding neighborhoods.

Dennis and JenniferIn 2008, I met my future wife, Jennifer. We got married in 2010 and I moved to Michigan so we could start our life together.

In 2011, we decided it was time to set down roots and pick a place to call home for the rest of our lives. We picked Berkley. We fell in love with the excellent school system, the walkable neighborhoods, and the city's small town feel. We particularly like the close-knit community where neighbors look out for neighbors.

I am the lead software architect for a Seller Labs, building large scale computer systems and websites for tracking ecommerce data. I also have my own technology consulting firm, 28 Studios. 

With a group of other volunteers, I have put in countless hours on a mission to educate the residents of Berkley and help them protect their investment in our city. Through those efforts and since being elected, the city has reorganized its building department which was not serving the community and has started to improve its communications.

Jennifer and I are active members at our church and help lead several programs there. We organize the edification card program, which sends thousands of cards to people in need of encouragement each year. I co-lead the young adults' group and frequently lead singing in the congregation. Jennifer heads the church's sign language interpretation program. 

We enjoy gardening, home improvement, and walks and bike rides through the city. I also enjoy tinkering with my fleet of robots and home automation assistants.