Christine Beatty

Former Chief of Staff


Christine Rowland Beatty served as the Chief of Staff from 2002 to 2008 to Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Beatty, who was born Christine L. Rowland, graduated from Cass Tech High School with Kwame Kilpatrick and was voted its "most-popular student" in 1988 and was a Majorette. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Howard University and a master's degree from Wayne State University.

She married Lou Beatty and they have two children. The marriage ended in divorce in 2006.

In January 2008, Beatty resigned amid an emerging political-sex scandal and criminal charges of perjury related to a whistleblower trial for lying under oath about their extramarital affair and that they sought to mislead jurors when they testified that they did not fire Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown. She was offered several plea bargains from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy--one for as little as 150 days of prison time—but she has refused. Beatty was a respondent in a $25,000 settled slander lawsuit initiated by two other police officers.

On December 1, 2008, Beatty agreed to plead guilty to two felony counts, serve 120 days in jail, pay $100,000 in restitution, and be on probation for five years. She was sentenced and began her jail term on January 6, 2009.

On March 16, 2009, Beatty was released from Wayne County Jail having served 69 days of her sentence. She now lives in Atlanta.