Lewis Brooks Patterson: January 4, 1939 - August 3, 2019
Oakland County Executive: January 1, 1993 - August 3, 2019
L. Brooks Patterson transformed Oakland County and Southeast Michigan with his 21st Century vision and no-nonsense leadership. His mission was to make Oakland County one of the best places to live, work, play and raise a family.
Oakland County has reached full employment - under five percent unemployment - because of Brooks' successful job growth and retention strategies in the knowledge-based economy. His Emerging Sectors, Medical Main Street, and Tech 248 initiatives have attracted $3.6 billion in private investment creating or retaining 62,100 jobs. Oakland County's economy also has a global reach with more than 1,050 firms from 39 foreign countries operating inside its borders.
Under Brooks' 24 years of leadership, Oakland County retained its coveted AAA bond rating. Investment ratings firms recognize Brooks' administration as the best among counties in the United States because of its multi-year balanced budget and innovation in transitioning employees from a defined benefit to a defined contribution retirement saving taxpayers well over $100 million.
Oakland County is also the premiere dining, entertainment, and shopping destination for Southeast Michigan. Brooks' Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program supports development in the county's 32 downtown areas while preserving the unique and historic character of each destination. Under MSOC, Oakland County's downtowns have seen more than $706 million in investment which has launched 971 new businesses creating about 7,100 jobs.
Brooks presided over an $854 million annual budget and a county workforce of nearly 4,300 full and part time benefit eligible employees.
Historical L. Brooks Patterson Oakland County State of the County Speeches