Entry Deadline Extended for County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Program in Search of Region’s ‘Best of the Best’ for 2016

If you or someone you know has made significant contributions at work or to the quality of life in southeast Michigan and think he or she – or you – should be recognized for the good work, you have a little extra time to make that happen. The deadline for nominations for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 Class of 2016 has been extended until Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson started the program in 2012 to honor young professionals and thought leaders who … [Read more...]

Oakland County Earns AAA on Animal Shelter Bonds

Moody’s Investors Service and Standard & Poor’s have reaffirmed Oakland County’s AAA bond rating with a stable outlook for the county’s $15.5 million Building Authority Bonds Series 2015. The bonds will fund the construction of a new Oakland County Animal Control and Pet Adoption Center building on the county’s main government campus in Pontiac. The AAA bond rating reflects the county’s “very strong management practices, a growing economy, and anticipated maintenance of healthy reserves,” … [Read more...]

New Report Highlights Health Gaps Among Michigan Counties

Removing substantial health differences among Michigan counties could prevent more than 7,800 premature deaths every year, according to a new report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. In addition, Oakland County is among the healthiest counties in Michigan, ranking ninth out of 82 counties and top among the five largest counties surveyed for health factors, according to the report. The Oakland County Health … [Read more...]

Oakland County’s Robust Economy Drives Down Jobless Rate

Oakland County’s economy is among the better performers in Michigan with a 4.6 percent jobless rate, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson recently announced. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates in its September 2015 report that Oakland County’s jobless rate outpaces the Detroit Metropolitan Statistical Area (5.7 percent) by 1.1 percentage points, edges Michigan (4.7 percent) by one tenth of a percentage point, and bests the United States (4.9 percent) by three tenths of a percentage … [Read more...]

Fire Chiefs Honor Oakland County Risk Manager

Oakland County Risk Manager Julie Secontine is this year’s recipient of the President’s Award from the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs (MAFC), County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced. The award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a long- standing commitment to ensuring Michigan fire departments are prepared to respond to emergencies. “Julie has been a strong supporter of fire departments throughout Michigan having the tools they need to be prepared for emergencies,” … [Read more...]

Oakland County’s Trail, Water & Land Alliance Honors Members for 70 Years of Protecting and Preserving County Natural Areas

Oakland County’s Trail, Water & Land Alliance recently honored Oakland Township and a Rose Township resident for collectively contributing more than 70 years to preserving and protecting the county’s natural areas. Oakland Township, along with Rose Township resident Gisela Lendle King, were each recognized during the Alliance’s Fall Celebration earlier this month at the Rochester Community House for efforts to preserve and protect the natural areas of Oakland County that are essential to … [Read more...]

Oakland County Wins Financial Reporting Award

Oakland County has won the Award of Excellence for its Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for 18 years running. The PAFR summarizes for taxpayers how the county spends their money. It is one of the ways County Executive L. Brooks Patterson’s administration works to make county government more transparent and accessible to residents. "Excellence is a part of everything we do as a county government,” … [Read more...]

County Employees Give Record $7,000 to Trooper’s Family

Oakland County employees donated a record $7,000 through a Special Casual Day fundraiser to the family of Michigan State Trooper Chad Wolf, who died in the line of duty on Aug. 28 while on patrol in northern Oakland County. Wolf was struck by a vehicle towing a trailer and was dragged several miles on I-75. County Executive L. Brooks Patterson gave the check to Wolf’s district commander, Capt. Monica Yesh, during a brief news conference on Wednesday. “We normally reserve Special Casual Days … [Read more...]

County Employees Donate $7,000 to Trooper Wolf’s family

Following the tragic line-of-duty death of Michigan State Trooper Chad Wolf, Oakland County employees held a Special Casual Day to raise money for his family. On Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at 10 a.m., County Executive L. Brooks Patterson will be joined by some county employees during a brief news conference to present a check in the amount of $7,000 to Wolf’s commanding officers, Capt. Monica Yesh and Lt. Mike Shaw, who will accept it on behalf of the Wolf family. A typical Casual Day collection … [Read more...]

OakFit Wins Third Award of 2015

Oakland County’s employee wellness program, OakFit, has captured its third award this year, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Corp! will honor Oakland County as one of its Best & Brightest In Wellness® winners for 2015 on Oct. 8 at The Henry Hotel in Dearborn. Corp! will also feature Oakland County in its Sept./Oct. 2015 print issue which will focus on companies with trendsetting employee wellness programs. “To have our employee wellness program honored on national, … [Read more...]