The Board of Commissioners honored Veteran John "Skip" Bushart for Years of Military Service and work as founder of the Fallen Heroes Memorial Foundation. Bushart is a Gold Star Dad, who acknowledged the services of the many brave men and women, who did not return home from war, like his son, Damien Bushart, who was killed while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
John "Skip" Bushart is a veteran Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and comes from a long-line of military service in his family dating back to the Civil War. Bushart commented the irony of receiving the special recognition on the day that the Iraq War ended and troops began returning home, December 15, 2011.
Pictured left to right: Oakland County Commissioners Helaine Zack, Tim Greimel, Honoree Veteran John "Skip" Bushart, Commissioners Jim Nash, John A. Scott, Thomas F. Middleton and Jim Runestad.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored retiring West Bloomfield Township Supervisor David Payne at their meeting December 15th. Mr. Payne's career began when he was appointed Bloomfield Township Administration Assistant in 1990, before being appointed Bloomfield Township Treasurer in 1995. In 1996, he was elected Bloomfield Township Treasurer. Mr. Payne was elected Bloomfield Township Supervisor and has served three consecutive terms.
Pictured, left to right, Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Commissioners Bob Gosselin and Marcia Gershenson, Mr. Payne, and Commissioners Shelley G. Taub and David Potts.
On Tuesday, December 13, Commissioners (L-R) Jim Nash, Philip Weipert, Kathy Crawford, Bill Dwyer, and Marcia Gershenson (not shown) participated in a seminar to help residents of the southwestern communities of Oakland County learn how the county can assist them in surviving Mortgage Problems and possible foreclosures. Personnel from the county's housing division were co-hosts for the event.
On Thursday, December 1, 2011, Oakland County Commissioner Helaine Zack and the Charter Township of Royal Oak Recreation Department hosted a Community Resource Fair just in time for the holidays. The Fair provided a wealth of information for interested citizens.
Organizations such as AARP, Consumers Energy, DTE, Henry Ford Health Center, Department of Human Services, OLSHA and the Ferndale Public School District made presentations at the event that was held at the Charter Township of Royal Oak's Recreation Building.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Community Homebuyer Coordinator/Housing Counselor Shameka Davenport, her daughter Paige Davenport, Commissioner Helaine Zack, Michael Kennedy and former Royal Oak Township Trustee and current member of the Oakland County Women's Advisory Commission Mishelle Y. Kennedy.
On Wednesday, November 30, 2011, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Recognized the Novi Library for receiving the state's highest honor -- The "2011 State Librarian's Excellence Award."
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Novi Library Director Julie Farkas, Commissioner Kathy Crawford and Commissioner Philip J. Weipert. The Commissioners presented Novi Library Director Julie Farkas with a proclamation honoring the library's success.
On Wednesday, November 30th, Oakland County Board of Commissioners Honor Farmington Hills Inspector/Paramedics Bryan R. Hewitt and Ryan B. Munsell for a rescuing and saving the life of a 62-year-old woman from an apartment fire in Farmington Hills.
Pictured left to right are Vice Chairman Jeff Matis, Farmington Hills Inspector/Paramedic Bryan R. Hewitt, Farmington Hills Fire Chief Corey Bartsch at podium, Oakland County Farmington Hills Jim Nash, Farmington Hills Inspector/Paramedic Ryan B. Munsell, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash and Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell.
Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) held the second in its series of Advancing Justice Initiative (AJI) breakfasts to introduce itself to federal, state and county government officials Dec. 2 at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in Pontiac. LAD is Michigan's largest provider of free civil legal services to low-income residents. It serves metropolitan Detroit through its offices in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.
Attending Legal Aid and Defender Association's breakfast in Oakland County are (left to right) Joan Glanton Howard, chief counsel of LAD's Civil Law Group; Miriam Siefer, chief counsel of LAD's Federal Defender Office; County Commissioner Jim Runestad, R-District 6; County Commissioner Helaine Zack, D-District 22; and Kelly L. Bidelman, managing attorney of the LAD's offices in Oakland and Macomb counties.
Also attending, but not shown, was Oakland County Commissioner Tim Greimel, D-District 11. (Photo by John Meiu)
Dennis Archer, former mayor of Detroit and Chairman Emeritus of Detroit-based law firm Dickinson Wright PLLC, addresses Legal Aid and Defender Association's (LAD's) breakfast in Oakland County. He is flanked by Joan Glanton Howard (left), chief counsel of LAD's Civil Law Group, and Miriam Siefer, chief counsel of LAD's Federal Defender Office. (Photo by John Meiu)
On Thursday, November 10, Commissioner Jim Nash (far right) listens to a discussion about green construction during a roundtable held at the new terminal at Oakland County International Airport. The terminal itself is an example of a very environmentally friendly building.
At their November 2, 2011 Meeting, Oakland County Commissioners presented Judge Warren and his daughter Leah Warren with proclamations for creating Patriots Week. The proclamations were signed by the entire Board of Commissioners.
Pictured left to right: Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis, Commissioner Robert “Bob” Hoffman, who is also a Patriot Week Board Member, and Honorees: Patriot Week Creators Leah Warren and Judge Michael J. Warren, and Commissioner David W. Potts.
The Board thanks the Warrens for their patriotism and for renewing America’s Spirit as we reflect on all who served this upcoming Veterans Day. Patriot Week is celebrated from September 11th-September 17th. These dates are significant because September 11th commemorates the terrorist attacks on what is Patriot Day and September 17th reflects the day the Constitution was signed and is designated as Constitution Day.
Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash (left) and Commissioner John Scott (right), the only two Veterans currently serving on the Board, present a Veterans Day Proclamation on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the Board of Commissioners meeting.
The proclamation -- signed by the full board -- will be displayed at the first-ever Veterans Fair to be held on Saturday, November 12th, from 10 am -3 pm, in Oakland Schools, located at 2111 Pontiac Lake Road, in Waterford, Michigan.
Commissioner Jim Nash served in the United States Army Medical Corp and is currently the chair of the Fort Michigan Ad Hoc Committee and Commissioner John Scott served in the Vietnam War as a Cryptotech Second Class Petty Officer (CTR2) in the United States Navy.
On Thursday, October 20, 2011, members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Honored the Kids First Initiative for its tremendous community service in Oakland County and the surrounding Metropolitan Detroit Area.
Kids First Initiative has provided holiday meals, education and life- skill activities since its inception in 2006 for area youth and local families.
Pictured left to right in the front: Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard, Jr., Commissioners Helaine Zack, Nancy Quarles, Mattie McKinney Hatchett, Honoree Richard Bell, who is director of Kids First Initiative, Commissioners Janet Jackson, Marcia Gershenson and in the back, Commissioners Dave Woodward and Tim Greimel, along with Kids First Initiative staff: Aaron and Archie Bell, Commissioners Jim Nash and Craig Covey.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2011, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad attended the 150th Anniversary Celebration of the Canterbury on the Lake.
Pictured left to right are Waterford Judge Jodi Debbrecht of the 51st District, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Runestad and Waterford Township Clerk Kari Vlaeminck at the Canterbury on the Lake facility, located at 5601 Hatchery Road in Waterford, Michigan.
It is one of the largest continuing adult and senior care facilities in Oakland County and one of the oldest continuously-operated facilities of its type in the country.
On Thursday, October 20, 2011, Oakland County Commissioners (pictured left to right) -- Mike Bosnic, Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis , Honoree Paul Carey and Commissioner Robert Gosselin -- presented and read a proclamation recognizing Mr. Carey for his six decades of broadcast excellence, and noting that this October is the 20th anniversary of Mr. Carey's last Detroit Tiger Broadcast with Ernie Harwell.
On Wednesday 5, 2011, members of the Oakland County Board recognized Barb and Bill Middleton for their extraordinary years of service as members of the Oakland County Farm Bureau and the agriculture community.
The Middletons have served, collectively, 80 years together as an outstanding husband and wife team who have contributed to the farming community and have educated thousands of area youth on the importance of agriculture over the years at Middleton Berry Farm.
Pictured left to right: BH3 Oakland County Commissioner Bob Hoffman, Commissioner Christine Long with honorees Barb and Bill Middleton and Commissioner Thomas F. Middleton.
On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, Oakland County members honored the memory of the late Lt. Adam Malson, who was killed in Baghdad, Iraq in 2005, while trying to rescue Iraqi citizens from being attacked by insurgents. He was killed by a terrorist bomb. Lt. Malson was a Rochester native.
Pictured left to right are Oakland County Commissioners Tim Greimel, Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis, Mr. Ben Malson, father of the late Lt. Adam Malson, and Commissioner Robert Gosselin at the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium in Pontiac, Michigan.
On Wednesday, October 5, 2011, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored Kelley LaFontaine of the LaFontaine Family Automobile Group for her years of community service, and achievement as being named the Michigan Woman of the Year and National Woman of the Year by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
She has been an outstanding citizen raising thousands of dollars over the years for many worthy causes especially Leukemia & Lymphoma. She raised over $150,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Commissioner Bob Hoffman, Maureen LaFontaine, mother of honoree Kelley LaFontaine holding proclamation, and Commissioner Jim Runestad.
On September 22, Oakland County Commissioner Tim Greimel (right) offered a Proclamation, on behalf of the board, to Debra Ehrmann, VP of La Familia Multicultural Center, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
The Center, which provides help to area Hispanic families, is located in Pontiac. Looking on is Commissioner Mattie Hatchett (left), who represents Pontiac. Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15th to October 15th, 2011.
On Thursday, Sept. 22nd, Oakland County Board of Commissioners recognized the achievements of Oakland County Commissioner John Scott, who was elected the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments Chairman and Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett who was elected the Michigan Association of Counties President.
These two commissioners will lead two of the most important regional and state government organizations, simultaneously, which is unprecedented in Oakland County Board history.
Pictured left to right are Oakland County Commissioner/SEMCOG Chairman John A. Scott, Commissioner/MAC President Mattie McKinney Hatchett and Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell.
On Saturday, September 10th Oakland County Commissioners teamed up with area agencies to provide valuable information to area seniors at the "Keys to Senior Transportation" Resource Fair Held at the Bloomfield Township Senior Center.
Pictured left to right are in the back: Jewish Family Services Transportation Director Alex Goldberg, Bloomfield Township Senior Center Director Christina Travahara, Commissioner David W. Potts, Commissioner and Oak 65 Transportation Chairperson Kathy Crawford, Area Agency on Aging-1B Mobility of Transportation Counseling Project Manager Roberta Habowski , VPA Director Joe Aiuto.
Front: AAA Lead Driver Training Director Rachel Wilson, Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub, Commissioner Helaine Zack and Area Agency on Aging-1 B Director Tina Abbott.
August 26th is the date set aside to commemorate the passage of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution, the amendment that gave women the right to vote. The Oakland County Board of Commissioners proclaimed August 26th, 2011, as "Women's Equality Day," and presented the proclamation to the distaff members of the Commission, as well as to Corporation Counsel Judy Cunningham, who represented all of the female employees in the County.
Pictured from left to right are: Commissioners Janet Jackson, Helaine Zack, and Nancy Quarles; Corporation Counsel Judy Cunningham; Commissioners Marcia Gershenson and Board Chairman Michael Gingell; and Commissioners Beth Nuccio, Christing Long, Shelley Goodman Taub, Kathy Crawford and Mattie McKinney Hatchett.
The bright new terminal building at the Oakland County International Airport was dedicated on August 23, 2011, with many officials and citizens attending the ceremonies. Featured in this photo is an old bi-plane, suspended from the ceiling. The bi-plane would certainly have been capable of landing on the old runway.
However, the new runway -- also dedicated that day -- is capable of handling Boeing 727 jets. The airport improvements should make it easier to attract new businesses to Oakland County, since the airport is now capable of handling larger planes and more traffic.
Several Oakland County Commissioners were among those attending the dedication ceremonies, and are seen here in front of one of the more interesting sights at the airport -- the Living Wall -- which features several species of live and growing plants.
Pictured from left to right are Commissioners Jim Runestad, Bob Hoffman, Phil Weipert, Shelley Goodman Taub, John Scott, Vice Chairman Jeff Matis, Jim Nash and Helaine Zack.
Berkley City Councilmember Steven W. Baker, Berkley City Councilmember Lisa Platt Auensen speaking with Commissioner Craig Covey (right) at the Complete Streets Forum held in the City of Ferndale’s Public Library on August 9, 2011.
On August 3, 2011, Oakland County Commissioners honored the life and legacy of the late Betty Fortino, the former Waterford Township and former Oakland County Commissioner, by presenting a special recognition to her children at the meeting that celebrated Mrs. Fortino's contributions as a public official to the county and Waterford community.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Commissioners Thomas F. Middleton and John Scott with the Fortino children: Teresa Buynak and Charlie Fortino, Waterford Township Treasurer Margaret Birch and Waterford Township Trustee Anthony M. Bartolotta.
he special recognition was presented in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Auditorium, located in Pontiac, Michigan at the Board's meeting.
Pecky Lewis, Jr., the Chairman Emeritus of the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Board, is honored by the Oakland County Commission for being named the "2011 Outstanding Public Official" Award by the National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials. The proclamation honoring him was presented at the August 3, 2011 Board Meeting.
Pictured here, left to right, are Commissioner Gary McGillivray; Dan Stencil, head of the Parks and Recreation Commission; Michael Gingell, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners; Mr. Lewis; and Commissioners Christine Long and John Scott.
Oakland County Board Chairman Michael Gingell (right) and Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard, Jr. presented a proclamation honoring Arlene Nichols for being recognized as the 2011 Village Clerk of the Year by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks.
Pictured at the August 3, 2011 Board of Commissioners meeting are, left to right, are Oakland County Clerk and Register of Deeds Bill Bullard, Jr., Village of Lake Orion Clerk Arlene Nichols, and Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael J. Gingell.
At the August 3, 2011 Board Meeting, Commissioner Kathy Crawford (holding T-Shirt) was joined by Commission Chairman Michael Gingell (far left) and Commissioner Philip Weipert (2nd from right) in honoring Novi City Officials. Novi and its officials were being congratulated because Novi was named one of the ten best cities in America for raising a family by Family Circle magazine.
At the July 21st Board Meeting, Commissioners Beth Nuccio, (far left) and John Scott (far right), gave a proclamation to Kelly Oles, (2nd from left) congratulating her for winning the title of Miss Oakland County in the Miss America Pageant. They also gave a proclamation to Cassidy Nugent for being named Miss Oakland County Outstanding Teen, also a part of the Miss America Pageant.
Kelly Oles will now try to win the title of "Miss Michigan," which would enable her to compete for the Miss America crown. Miss Oles hails from Oxford, in Commissioner Nuccio's District. Miss Nugent is from Milan, Michigan.
Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced that Oakland County employees may see a 1% general salary increase in 2014 with no salary changes for 2012 and 2013 in his budget recommendation to the Board of Commissioners Wednesday evening.
He also revealed two budgetary changes: the reduction of one judge and subsequent staff in 52-4 District Court, as mandated by the State Court Administrative Office (a county savings of $155,000); and the potential for the Oakland County Sheriff to house short-term medium security prisoners for the Michigan Department of Corrections with an estimated net financial benefit of $1 million.
For the second straight year, Mr. Patterson presented a balanced triennial budget, with no gimmicks, making Oakland County the only government entity in the country to do so.
On July 6, 2011, Oakland County Commissioners presented $700.00 to Karyn Milligan-Thompson, President and Volunteer Coordinator of the Ortonville Community Emergency Fund. The check is the result of Commissioner Beth Nuccio winning the first-ever "Commissioners' Count Your Steps Charity Competition."
Commissioner John A. Scott issued the challenge to fellow commissioners to walk and count their steps from May 4 - May 29, 2011. Seven Commissioners answered the call, with some counting their steps and pledging $100, and others pledging a $100.00 contribution for the charity challenge.
Commissioner Beth Nuccio recorded 432,827 steps on her pedometer to win. Other Commissioners who competed and donated $100.00 included Commissioners Mike Bosnic, who recorded 393,444 steps, Commissioner Thomas F. Middleton recorded 204,949 steps, John A. Scott recorded 170,201 steps and Commissioner Philip J. Weipert recorded 244,772 steps. Commissioner Helaine Zack and Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis each donated $100 for the competition.
Pictured left to right in back: Oakland County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Jeff Matis, Commissioners Phillip J. Weipert, and John A. Scott. Pictured in the front: Commissioners Helaine Zack, Ortonville Community Emergency Fund President Karyn Milligan-Thompson, Commissioners Beth Nuccio, Thomas F. Middleton and Mike Bosnic.
On Thursday, June 9, 2011, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners Honored Charles E. Palmer for his years of exceptional service to the county's Parks and Recreation Commission. Mr. Palmer has retired after 13 1/2 years of service. Mr. Palmer is a former member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. He represented the communities of Clawson and Troy for 15 years.
Pictured (in front) left to right are: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Mr. Charles E. Palmer, his wife, Fay.
Pictured in the back are Oakland County Parks and Recreation Executive Officer Dan Stencil and Oakland County Commissioner Michael Bosnic, who represents Clawson and Troy, the community that Mr. Palmer had represented as a commissioner.
"Chuck served our communities in an exemplary manner. He is a fine role model for any public servant and Oakland County is a better place because of his efforts," stated Commissioner Mike Bosnic.
On June 14, 2011, Oakland County Commissioner Janet Jackson presented one proclamation to Southfield School District Superintendent Wanda Cook-Robinson (from left) and Southfield Regional Academic Campus Principal Marty Bulger, and another proclamation to Donovan Colquitt.
Commissioner Jackson gave a Proclamation of Commendation to Cook-Robinson and Bulger which recognized the Southfield Regional Academic Campus for being selected as the Michigan Alternative Education Organization's ''School of the Year.''
Commissioner Janet Jackson gave a similar proclamation to outstanding Southfield-Lathrup graduate Donovan Colquitt that congratulated him for receiving the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship, provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Colquitt is one of only 1,000 students nationwide
to receive such a scholarship.
On May 19th, Oakland County Commissioners recognized the Annual Gay Pride Weekend event held in the City of Ferndale from June 3-5, 2011. A proclamation was presented by Oakland County Commissioner Craig S. Covey to Ferndale's Downtown Development Authority Communications Director Chris Hughes and PRIDE Co-Chair Julia Music.
They accepted the proclamation recognizing June as the month designated worldwide to celebrate the anniversary of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities establishing the modern-day Lesbian and Gay Rights Movement 42 years ago in New York.
Members of the Board took turns reading portions of the proclamation, which also praised the many contributions of the Gay/Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender communities in Oakland County and the nation.
Pictured left to right in the front: Oakland County Commissioners Gary McGillivray, Nancy Quarles, Janet Jackson, Ferndale DDA Communications Director Chris Hughes and PRIDE Co-chair Julia Music (holding proclamation), Commissioners Jim Nash, Helaine Zack, and Marcia Gershenson. Pictured in back: Oakland County Commissioners David Woodward, Tim Greimel and Craig S. Covey.
Many local businesses were celebrated at the 17th Annual Waterford Chamber of Commerce Business Recognition Awards.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Commissioners Jim Runestad and John A. Scott, along with Oakland County International Airport Director Karl Randall, Judge Richard Kuhn, Jr, and Walgreen Store Managers: Gail Vires and Eric Krosgrud at the annual chamber event held at Oakland Community College - Highland Lakes Campus on May 5th.
On May 4, 2011, the Board honored one of the prime supporters of the Oakland County Animal Control Division's efforts to get unwanted dogs and cats adopted into good homes. Holding the plaque of appreciation is Addy Shattuck, owner of Pet Supplies Plus, a prime sponsor of the county's pet adoption effort.
Shown with her are, left to right, Jeannie Towar, retired publisher of the Eccentric Newspapers, Board Chair Michael Gingell, Larry Obrecht, Manager of the Animal Control Division, Addy Shattuck, Joanie O'Toole, Administrative Supervisor of the Animal Control Division, Commissioners Jim Runestad and Christine Long, and Linda Washe, President of L. W. Market Works.
On May 4, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored Gill Elementary School for its national recognition as a National Geographic Find Your Footprint Contest runner-up.
The Gill Green Team, led by fourth grade teacher Christine Wilson and parent volunteer Gina Adams-Levy, submitted a video explaining their best idea to save energy, save water or reduce waste. Students promoted "Waste-Free Fridays," encouraging everyone to reduce the amount of waste they generate by bringing their lunches in re-usable containers and avoiding use of juice boxes and single serving snacks.
Pictured are (front row, left to right) Hayden Levy, Larissa Herrera, Sydney Levy, and Rosie Burns-Pavlik. Behind them, left to right, are Gabriella Rapp, Alyssa Peressini, Vanessa Eifler, Luke Braska, and Kira Cloer.
In the back row, left to right, are Gina Adams Levy, Commissioner Jim Nash, school principal Mark Morawski, and Commissioner Bill Dwyer.
District 1 Commissioner Beth Nuccio (3rd from right) stands proudly with the Oxford High School Boys Wrestling Team, which won the state championship this year, as the team was honored by the Board of Commissioners. Looking on are Board Chair Michael Gingell, far left, and in the background, Board Vice Chair Jeff Matis (second from left).
The champion wrestlers and their coaches are, left to right:
Front Row: Daniel Curtis, Rocco Borg, Keegan Cantara, Dylan Smith, Matt Anger, (Commissioner Nuccio), Zach Wood, and Coach Brad Keeney.
Second Row: Mike Willits, Kyle Hill, Ben Ralston, Matt Frish, Billy Deeg, Coach Alan Wilfong, and Coach Jake Shagina
Third Row: Coach John Logan, Jacob Peasley, Wesley Maskill, Nick McMaster, Mike Baggett, and Zack Hadorn.
The Novi Varsity Pompon’s superb team efforts enabled them to become the 2011 Class A, Division 1 Pompon State Champions. 22 of the 24 team members have earned cumulative grade point averages of 3.25 or better. The Board recently offered its congratulations to the team for its success.
Shown here, left to right, are Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Coach Kristy Renaud, Coach Erin Bartos, team members Paige Gurizzian, Mackenzie Kelley, Lauren Collins, Katie Groechel, Christy Lyon, Sara Hudgens, and Kathy Crawford, the District 9 Commissioner from Novi who presented the proclamation.
On May 4, 2011, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners commemorated the historic Freedom Rides on the 50th Anniversary of their beginning. More than 400 young men and women from various backgrounds, cultures, black and white, joined the fight for racial equality and justice. These brave young men and women risked their lives riding on buses through the South as an integrated group.
The first bus of integrated students from the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), consisting of 7 students, left Washington DC on May 4, 1961. Their contributions, along with those of many civil rights activists and groups like the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, changed the nation and moved the country toward racial equality. They challenged public policy, social mores and laws based on race in the United States.
Pictured left to right: Reverend Richard Gleason of Franklin, who was a Freedom Rider; Oakland County Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett, Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, Dr. Silas Norman, Jr., of Bloomfield Township, who was a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was a sit-in participant; Oakland County Commissioners David W. Potts and Shelley Goodman Taub.
Dr. William G. Anderson of Bingham Farms (not pictured) was honored for his role as a Freedom Rider and was the leader of the Albany Movement in 1951. He sent a statement, read by former Southfield City Councilman John Reeves, thanking the Board of Commissioners for honoring this part of America's history and those who contributed to it.
The Board also honored Wixom-based Detroit Public Television for its Freedom Riders documentary, and detailed the Freedom Riders Video Essay Contest for middle, high, community and university students. Area students have the opportunity to win $1,000. Entry deadline is June 15th. Go to dptv.org for more information.
Pictured left to right, back row: Board of Commissioners Chairman Michael J. Gingell; Dr. Silas Norman, former leader of Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; Roger Goolsby, current president of the Martin Luther King Jr. Task Force; and Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett.
Front row: John Reeves representing Dr. William G. Anderson, a freedom rider; the Honorable Claudia House Morcom, former legal representative for freedom riders; Lucy H. Maddox, former secretary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Reverend Richard L. Gleason, freedom rider; Barbara Talley, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force Peace Walk Organizer; Barbara Jean Johnson, who aided Freedom Riders and is a representative for Detroit Public Television; John Hardy, a field organizer for freedom riders and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and Oakland County Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis.
The City of Southfield 's Martin Luther King, Jr., organization was honored for starting the first walk and program observing the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday in Michigan and Oakland County. They initiated the events 26 years ago on January 20, 1986. This organization has inspired other communities to celebrate the Dr. King Holiday.
Pictured left to Right; Oakland County Commissioner Nancy Quarles; Roger Goolsby, the Southfield Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc ., President; Barbara Talley, an original founder of the Southfield Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force, Inc.'s Peace Walk who currently serves as a grant co-chair of the organization; and Oakland County Commissioners Helaine Zack, Mattie McKinney Hatchett and Janet Jackson.
On Thursday, May 19, 2011, members of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored Estralee Michaelson for her years of service as the Director of the Safe Schools and Student Services for the Farmington Public Schools.
Pictured left to right are: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash, Estralee Michaelson, and Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer.
On April 29, 2011, Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash recently hosted a special town hall meeting that addressed issues of returning troops, their families and veterans’ services, which created a dialogue and focus group that will help centralize information for services for military personnel and their families.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Lisa Gorman of the Michigan National Guard; University of Michigan’s Buddy2Buddy Manager Tom Devine; Oakland County Veterans’ Service Division Manager Garth Wooten; Community Network’s C.J. Felton; Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth Veterans’ Employment Specialist Mark A. Meadows; American Legion #20 representative H. Bill Maxey; Oakland County Commissioner Jim Nash; Korean Veteran and American Legion #20 Joe Woods, Jr.; VA Medical Center HUD-VASH Case Manager Ibtisam “Sam” Babbie-Gill; Southfield Veterans Commission Daniel Brightwell; Community Mental Health Executive Director Jeff Brown; and Community Housing Network President Mark Craig participated in this program.
Commissioner Nash is a veteran who served as a member of the United States Army Medical Corps from 1977 to 1980. Commissioner Nash was recently named Chair of the newly created Veterans Services Committee within the Oakland County Human Services Collaborative Council. He will continue to raise awareness and host future military informational events.
Former South Lyon Mayor and Oakland County Commissioner Jeff Potter, who died last year, was honored on April 21st, 2011, during the Oakland County Library's dedication at the county complex in Pontiac.
The resolution honoring Mr. Potter, passed by the Library Board and Library Foundation, was presented to Commissioner Potter's widow, Andra Potter, shown holding the resolution.
Also pictured are Salem-South Lyon District Library Director Doreen Hanoon (left), Oakland County Library Director Laurie Mancini, and Oakland County Commissioner Philip Weipert of South Lyon, who succeeded Commissioner Potter.
Oakland County Commissioner David Woodward honors author and psychologist Sheri Maskowitz Noga at the April 21, 2011 Board meeting for her work and is holding up her book, "Have the Guts to Do It Right." The book offers valuable parenting tips on raising children to become productive and responsible adults.
On April 4, 2011, Commissioner Dave Potts was proud to recognize Linda Solomon for being inducted into the exclusive and prestigious Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. Linda Solomon
is a nationally recognized, award winning photojournalist who has divided her career between capturing the most famous personalities of our time and teaching others to express themselves through photography. State Representative Chuck Moss presented Ms. Solomon with a proclamation from the State of Michigan.
Pictured from left to right: Board Chairman Michael Gingell, Commissioner Marcia Gershenson, Commissioner Potts, Berry Solomon (Linda's husband, holding the state proclamation), Linda Solomon (holding her Board proclamation), State Representative Chuck Moss, and Commissioner Helaine Zack.
City officials from South Lyon are all smiles after 8th District Commissioner Phil Weipert presented them with a proclamation recognizing the city's outstanding job of sustaining water quality in the area. The City received state honors for their work.
Pictured left to right: City of South Lyon Councilman Harvey Wedell, City of South Lyon City Manager David Murphy and City of South Lyon Superintendent Bob Martin holding proclamation. Commissioner Weipert is on the far right.
On April 12, 2011, students from around Oakland County attended the 2011 Youth in Government Day Leadership program with their county commissioners in the commissioner's wing of the County Courthouse.
Here, Milford High students pose proudly with their Commissioner, Christine Long, District #7 (3rd from right). Looking on enthusiastically are Board Chairman Michael Gingell (far left) and Board Vice-Chairman Jeff Matis, next to Mr. Gingell.
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Several Commissioners made a surprise visit March 28 to new Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter at Ferndale's City Council meeting. The entire Board honored Mayor Coulter for his years of service to Ferndale and Oakland County as a former commissioner and now as Mayor of Ferndale.
All twenty-five members of the Board signed the proclamation, which was presented to Mayor Coulter by: (left to right in the back) Commissioners Nancy Quarles, Janet Jackson, Gary McGillivray, and Tim Greimel. In the front are Commissioners: Helaine Zack, Mayor Coulter, Commissioners Marcia Gershenson and Craig Covey, the former Mayor of Ferndale who was replaced by Mr. Coulter.
Photos from the January 5th Inauguration of the 2011-2012 Oakland County Board of Commissioners
This picture shows 24 of the 25 newly-elected Commissioners taking the Oath of Office. The missing 25th commissioner, Bill Bullard, Jr -- Chairman of the 2009-2010 Commission -- resigned as Chairman in January, when he was appointed to replace Ruth Johnson who had been elected Secretary of State. Mr. Bullard can't be seen in this picture, but in his new position as County Clerk/Register of Deeds, he is administering the Oath to his former colleagues.
Here, Nancy Quarles introduces her family to her fellow Commissioners and to those in the audience. Commissioner Quarles is one of two current Commissioners who had served on the Commission before, joining Shelley Goodman Taub, who rejoined the Commission after the 2008 election.
Seen here is the new 25th District Commissioner Craig Covey, as he listens to the proceedings as the Commissioners began their first official Commission meeting of 2011. Mr. Covey, the former Mayor of Ferndale, replaced Commissioner Dave Coulter, who had resigned. In an interesting twist, Mr. Coulter later was named to replace Commissioner Covey as the new Mayor of Ferndale.
The Commission's new Chairman, Mike Gingell of District #3, presents two plaques honoring the man he succeeded, former Chairman turned Clerk Bill Bullard, Jr, on the right. In the rear looking on is Commissioner Jeff Matis, who was elected Vice-Chairman to succeed Mr. Gingell.
Mr. Gingell and fellow Commissioners also honored the outgoing Administrator for the Board of Commissioners, Larry Doyle.
The Commission's newest Commissioner, Bob Hoffman, is sworn in after he was appointed a few minutes earlier to become the Commissioner for District #2. Mr. Hoffman is replacing the man who is swearing him in, Bill Bullard, Jr, the new Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds.
Cathy Crawford is all smiles after she was sworn in as the new Commissioner for District #9. On Commissioner Crawford's right is her husband, Hugh Crawford, who held the same position until two years ago, when he was elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives. On the right is their friend, former Oakland County Commissioner Eric Wilson.
Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett, second from left, expresses her happiness that her sister Marian Pledger (to Commissioner Hatchett's right), as well as friends Sonya LeDuff, Pontiac School Board Trustee Gil Garrett, and Evelyn LeDuff were able to join her for her inauguration. Commissioner Hatchett's sister Marian drove all the way from Cleveland, Ohio, to witness Ms. Hatchett's swearing in.