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...]

Find Your Favorite Holiday Lights in Oakland County

Holiday Lights Map The award-winning Oakland County Holiday Lights map is back. It enables interested individuals to view the locations of holiday light displays countywide. The Oakland County Information Technology Department created the map in response to interest from local groups trying to find displays to visit around the county. Click on OaklandCountyBlog.com/HolidayLightsMap to interact with the map. “The Oakland County Holiday Lights map boosts the quality of life in the county … [Read more...]

Oakland County Commissioners Honor Departing Colleagues

Board Honors Colleagues for Years of Service on County Commission The Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored the public service of departing colleagues Commissioners Tom J. Berman, David E.S. Bowman, Hugh D. Crawford, Bill Dwyer, Wade Fleming, and Doug Tietz. Each of the commissioners received a proclamation and special plaque from the Board of Commissioners recognizing their service to their districts and to the people of Oakland County on December 6. “It has been a pleasure and … [Read more...]

Part-Time Snowplow Drivers Needed in Oakland County

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is seeking to hire up to 25 part-time snowplow drivers to augment its full-time staff for the winter this year. “We have found the seasonal workers have been a very efficient and cost-effective way to provide the level of service during the winter that Oakland County residents deserve,” explained Managing Director Dennis Kolar. “This enables us to provide a higher level of service than we otherwise could.” To be considered for one of the … [Read more...]

Health Division Reports Increase in Legionnaires’ Disease

Oakland County Health Division reports 52 confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, marking an upward trend compared to 2017 when 47 cases occurred. This increased trend is also occurring statewide. “Legionnaires’ disease can be very serious,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County Health Division. “Individuals that smoke or have chronic respiratory ailments are at higher risk of getting sick. Talk to your healthcare provider for prompt diagnosis and treatment if you think … [Read more...]