Oakland County to Waive Online Transaction Fees for Various County Services

Customers who use Oakland County’s online services to pay for parking tickets, dog licenses, legal documents or delinquent property taxes will not incur a credit card or electronic check fee beginning next week. Oakland County Executive David Coulter today said the county would waive fees for online transactions to encourage residents and customers to use the online services rather than visiting a county office to make a payment in-person. The initial waiver period is March 25-April 30. “I … [Read more...]

State of Emergency in Oakland County Declared

Oakland County Executive David Coulter today declared a state of emergency in the county, allowing him to shift resources quickly to assist residents, businesses and communities affected by the spread of the coronavirus. Coulter said the declaration was necessary to open a path for federal funds, should they become available. The county has established the Oakland County Help Hotline – 248-858-1000 – to address non-health needs of the general public such as food or housing assistance. “We … [Read more...]

Oakland County Citizen Survey to Help Guide future of County

Oakland County Executive David Coulter wants to hear from residents about their top priorities for the new year. His administration has released the Oakland County Government’s Citizen Survey 2020 which asks residents to rank what is important to them in terms of jobs and the economy, public health, neighborhoods and housing, roads and transportation, and more. "We began engaging Oakland County residents about what matters to them with community meet and greets," Coulter said. "Now, we’re … [Read more...]

Oakland County Communities 2019 Heritage Conference

Oakland County Communities Will Learn Strategies to Explore and Share Their Stories at 2019 Heritage Conference With Oakland County celebrating its 200th anniversary next year, representatives from the region’s 61 cities, villages and townships are invited to the county’s 2019 Heritage Conference to learn how to explore and share stories on the important people, places and events that shaped the exciting history of the region. “Telling Your Story” takes place on September 19 from 8:30 … [Read more...]

Poisson Appoints County’s First Female Deputy County Executive

Oakland County Executive Gerald D. Poisson has appointed Laurie Van Pelt as the county’s first female deputy county executive. She also is the first Japanese American to serve in this position. This historic appointment continues the direction set by the late County Executive L. Brooks Patterson of promoting women to key positions in county administration. Van Pelt was the director of management and budget, the county’s chief fiscal officer. "Laurie has impeccable credentials and … [Read more...]

Visitation and Funeral Arrangements for County Executive L. Brooks Patterson

Public Viewing When: Tuesday, August 6 from 1:00-7:00 p.m. Where: Conference Center of the L. Brooks Patterson Building, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, on the northwest corner of Telegraph and Pontiac Lake roads in Waterford Members of the public are welcome to pay their respects to County Executive Patterson. Visitors may park in the lot at the Patterson Building. There will be overflow parking in the Oakland County Circuit Court parking lot (on the Telegraph side) with shuttle buses running to … [Read more...]

Gerald Poisson Sworn in as Oakland County Executive

Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald D. Poisson was sworn in as Oakland County executive Saturday, August 3, at 5:00 p.m. by Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown. Pursuant to Public Act 139 of 1973, Poisson will assume the duties of county executive until the Board of Commissioners appoints a replacement. If the board does not appoint a successor for County Executive L. Brooks Patterson within 30 days, the law mandates a special election be held. Poisson has served as Chief Deputy of … [Read more...]

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson Dead at 80

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson died at 5:30 a.m. today at his Independence Township home surrounded by family and friends after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old. "It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of our friend and county executive, L. Brooks Patterson," Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald D. Poisson said. "He was a once-in-a-generation leader whose vision inspired all of us to be part of the best county government in America." Poisson … [Read more...]

Students Study Tropical Field Ecology in Costa Rica

Oakland University (OU) Students Study Tropical Field Ecology in Costa Rica For Macy Jackson, studying abroad opens the door to experiences that simply aren’t possible within the U.S. The environmental science major was among a group of OU students who recently spent 10 days in Costa Rica for a class in tropical field ecology. “Being immersed in the natural world gives me the opportunity to better understand ecosystems that exist in different biomes,” she explained. “Most of the United … [Read more...]

L. Brooks Patterson Diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer

I will Continue to do my Job as Oakland County Executive Surrounded by family, friends, and supporters inside the county building which bears his name, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today that he is fighting Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Patterson will continue to perform his duties as county executive while he receives treatment from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. He will not, however, seek an eighth term in office next year. “Alex Trebek has nothing on … [Read more...]