Oakland County Commissioners continue the tradition of leadership on the state level

Oakland County Commissioner Michael Spisz has been elected to the Michigan Association of Counties Board, at the annual MAC Legislative Conference held in Saginaw County on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Commissioner Spisz, (R) – an Oxford resident, was elected as one of the three At-Large MAC Board Copy of SpiszMichael9111 COLOR-HRmembers, by MAC’s 362 commissioners, who represent 81 counties from across Michigan. As a Board of Directors member, he will be a part of the association’s decision-making body and will act on recommendations made by the five MAC committees comprised of county commissioners from across Michigan. He will serve the entire state of Michigan as a member of the At-Large MAC Board.

Commissioner Spisz is serving his first term on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. He currently serves on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ General Government and Public Services Committees, and was appointed to the Oakland County Substance Abuse Advisory Council and the Oakland County Lake Boards. He is also vice chairperson of the Oakland County Community Development Advisory Council and works as director of engineering for a tier-1 automotive supplier. Commissioner Spisz represents Oakland County’s District #3, which includes the townships of Addison, Brandon, Oakland and Oxford and the villages of Leonard, Ortonville and Oxford.

Commissioner Spisz commented on his election stating:

“I am honored to join the MAC Board of Directors as a representative of Oakland County. I look forward to working with all the other counties around Michigan and the United States to ensure that our citizens’ voices are heard.”

He will join Oakland County Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub and Mattie McKinney Hatchett in serving the MAC organization. Commissioner Taub will continue her role as a MAC Region 5 Board Member. She serves the counties of Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Monroe and Washtenaw. She is one of 15 region directors. Commissioner Taub was elected in 2012 to serve Region 5.

Commissioner Taub, (R) – is a resident of Bloomfield Township, who serves in District #12 and represents the communities of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township. She is serving her third-consecutive-term as an Oakland County Commissioner and is the vice chairperson of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Finance Committee.

Copy of TaubShelley9132 COLOR-LRShe is a member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Public Services Committee and is the former Chairperson of the Michigan Association of Counties Health and Human Services Committee, where she is currently a member. She expressed the following about her ongoing role with MAC:

“I am glad to continue my service as a MAC Board Member for Region 5 and my work with both our regional partners and the counties throughout the state on key issues that affect all Michiganders.”

The Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) is a prominent organization that was formed in 1898 to advocate for the interests of Michigan’s county governments. For over 100 years, MAC has evolved into a highly-respected organization that brings together 81 counties to speak with one voice.

Commissioners Taub and Spisz will continue in keeping with the longstanding tradition of many Oakland County Commissioners serving in vital leadership roles within the MAC organization, which includes most recently, MAC Immediate Past President (serving from September 2012-September 2013) and former MAC President (Serving from September 2011 – September 2012), Oakland County Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett. Her immediate past presidential role ended September 17, 2013.

Commissioner Hatchett, (D) – is a Pontiac resident, who represents the City of Pontiac in District #10. She is serving her sixth-consecutive term on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and welcomed her fellow commissioners’ involvement in MAC by stating:

Hatchett-_0773 COLOR-lightened“I am proud that my colleagues continue to take the mantle of leadership on the state level and I am appreciative for the experience I have had serving as president and immediate past president of the Michigan Association of Counties,”

Commissioner Hatchett serves as a member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ General Government and the Human Resources committees. She is also a member of the Michigan Association of Counties Economic Development, Taxation and Labor Committee.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson believes the commissioners will benefit the MAC organization due to their county experience, he stated:

“Oakland County is ably represented by our commissioners. Each demonstrates leadership as our partners in maintaining the county’s fiscal excellence. That “know-how” will serve the Michigan Association of Counties well.”

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