2017 Board of Commissioners Photo Gallery
Oakland County, MichiganBoard of Commissioners2017 Board of Commissioners Photo Gallery

2017 Board of Commissioners Photo Gallery

Judge James Alexander Honored as Winner of Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award

On September 6, 2017, Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub presented Oakland County Circuit Court Judge James Alexander with a proclamation from the Oakland County Board of Commissioners to recognize his exemplary service on the bench and for being the recipient of the 2017 Hilda Gage Judicial Excellence Award, an honor bestowed on him by the Michigan Judges Association. This award recognizes Circuit and Court of Appeals judges that have excelled in trial and docket management, legal scholarship and contributions to the community.

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Oakland County's Phil Bertolini Inducted into CIO Hall of Fame

On July 19, 2017, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored Phil Bertolini, Deputy County Executive/CIO, for his induction into the 2017 CIO Hall of Fame. He was selected for his remarkable accomplishments within - and contributions to - the IT field. Mr. Bertolini continues to demonstrate his exceptional skill and leadership, setting Oakland County apart as one of the most digitally advanced counties in the country.

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(Photo by John Mieu, courtesy of Detroit Legal News Publishing, LLC)

Pictured from left to right: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell and Phil Bertolini, Deputy County Executive/CIO.



J. David VanderVeen Inducted into Aviation Hall of Fame

On July 19, 2017, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners recognized J. David VanderVeen for his induction into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed on those who have made significant contributions to aviation and the advancement of aviation and space. Mr. VanderVeen has dedicated more than 50 years of leadership and expertise to Michigan's aviation industry.

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(Photo by John Mieu, courtesy of Detroit Legal News Publishing, LLC)

Pictured from left to right: Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell and J. David VanderVeen.



Board Honors DIA Chair Gene Gargaro

On May 22, 2017, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners presented a proclamation honoring the remarkable philanthropy, leadership and accomplishments of Gene Gargaro, chair of the Detroit Institute of Arts board since 2003. Mr. Gargaro is known throughout metro Detroit as a civic leader, a brilliant attorney and businessman and a dedicated advocate on behalf of the DIA.

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Pictured from left to right: Gene Gargaro of the DIA and Oakland County Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell.



NACo Healthy Counties Roundtable

On April 5, 2017, Oakland County Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub joined a small group of twelve (12) county commissioners from across the country for an invitation-only roundtable discussion about county health priorities. The two-day event was held in Hartford, Connecticut and covered a wide range of current health topics.

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Pictured: Oakland County Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub.



Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month

On March 30, 2017, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners joined with CARE House to recognize April as Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month. Commissioner Shelley Goodman Taub presented CARE House with a proclamation honoring their 40 years of child abuse prevention efforts, and board meeting attendees gathered with Commissioners to create an indoor pinwheel garden to raise awareness about the critical issue of child abuse and neglect prevention.

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Board Honors Former U.S. Attorney Barbara L. McQuade

At the March 30, 2017 board meeting, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored former United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara L. McQuade. After being appointed by President Barack Obama, McQuade took the oath of office on January 4, 2010 and made history as the first woman to ever hold that distinguished post. Commissioner Bill Dwyer presented McQuade with a proclamation recognizing her countless professional achievements and years of exemplary service as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.


Pictured from left to right: former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara L. McQuade; and Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer.



Oakland County Farm Bureau Celebrates National Agriculture Week

At the March 15, 2017 board meeting, the Oakland County Farm Bureau brought in baskets displaying a wide variety of Oakland County agricultural products, and Commissioners Bob Hoffman, Christine Long and Thomas F. Middleton presented the Farm Bureau with a proclamation recognizing their long history in the county, their educational efforts and their contributions to the local agricultural industry.


(Photo by John Mieu, courtesy of Detroit Legal News Publishing, LLC)


Orchard Lake St. Mary's Wins MHSAA Division 3 Championship

On March 15, 2017 the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored Orchard Lake St. Mary's 2016-2017 Varsity Football team, the Eaglets, for winning the Michigan High School Athletic Association's Division 3 Championship game at Ford Field on November 26, 2016. Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell presented the proclamation to the coaches and players in attendance.


(Photo by John Mieu, courtesy of Detroit Legal News Publishing, LLC)

Pictured: George Porritt, St. Mary's Varsity Head Coach (holding proclamation); Jeff Phillips, Varsity Assistant Coach (immediate right of Coach Porrit - back row); Jeremy Ruckhaber, JV Assistant Coach (third from right); Michael J. Gingell, Chairman of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.


PACE Energy Program Symposium

On Monday, March 6, 2017, the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, in partnership with the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and Lean & Green Michigan, hosted an informational meeting for local officials and economic development professionals regarding the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program. Passed unanimously by the Board of Commissioners in November 2016, the program promotes increased energy efficiency and renewable energy systems across Oakland County. Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell welcomed attendees and made opening remarks before introducing Andy Levin, President of Lean & Green Michigan.


Pictured from left to right: Andy Levin, President of Lean & Green Michigan; and Michael J. Gingell, Chairman of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.



Board Honors 2017 Michigan Superintendent of the Year

On February 15, 2017 the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored Dr. Robert Glass, Superintendent of Bloomfield Hills schools. Dr. Glass was selected as the 2017 Michigan Superintendent of the Year by the Michigan Association of School Administrators.

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Pictured from left to right: Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson; Lisa Brown, Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds; Dr. Robert Glass, Superintendent of Bloomfield Hills Schools; Oakland County Commissioners Shelley Goodman Taub, Tom Berman and Doug Tietz.



Board Honors Former Macomb County BOC Chairman David Flynn

On January 26, 2017 the Oakland County Board of Commissioners honored David Flynn, former Chairman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. When he was elected in 2006 at age 20, David was the youngest Commissioner ever to serve in Macomb County, and went on to become the youngest Chairman ever to serve when elected to that role in January 2015.


Pictured from left to right: Oakland County Commissioners Dave Woodward and Shelley Goodman Taub; David Flynn, former Chairman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners; and Michael J. Gingell, Chairman of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.



2017 Inaugural Ceremony

On January 11, 2017 the new Oakland County Board of Commissioners was sworn in at their first official board meeting. The Inaugural event included an invocation by Chief Circuit Court Judge Nanci J. Grant and a performance of the National Anthem by award-winning teen vocalist Adele Houle. Oakland County Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard led the Pledge of Allegiance with the participation of the Oakland County Sheriff's Color Guard. Please click here for more photos from the event.

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​Front row from left to right: Commissioners Marcia Gershenson, Bill Dwyer and Helaine Zack; Vice Chairman Michael Spisz; Chairman Michael J. Gingell; Commissioners Eileen Kowall; Tom J. Berman and Shelley Goodman Taub.

Second row from left to right: Commissioners David E. S. Bowman, Adam L. Kochenderfer, Janet Jackson, Christine Long, Nancy L. Quarles, Thomas F. Middleton and Bob Hoffman.

Back row from left to right: Commissioners Wade Fleming, Philip J. Weipert, David Woodward, Doug Tietz and Gary R. McGillivray.

Not pictured: Commissioner Hugh D. Crawford.