Dana O'Neal has been an employee with Oakland County since 1992. Dana began her career with the County at the 52-2 District Court as an undergraduate intern. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Oakland University in 1994 and continued to work at 52-2 District Court after graduation as a contractual Probation Officer. In 1995, she was hired to work as a Substance Abuse Technician with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office and in 1996 Dana was hired by Community Corrections. While at Community Corrections, Dana performed various duties and was promoted to a Supervisor in 2002. She supervised programs including Pretrial Services and Pretrial Supervision. In 2007, she earned her Master's Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Dana was hired as Court Administrator at the 52-4 District Court in April 2018.
Dana has been a member of several professional associations including National Association of Pretrial Service Agencies and the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Oakland County Leadership Program and the U.S Department of Justice National Institute of Corrections Pretrial Executives Training. She has also been extremely involved with the March of Dimes to which she served as Oakland County's Campaign Chairperson from 2003-2018 and has been granted the Distinguished Corporate Volunteer Award.
The District Court Administrator serves as the chief executive officer for the Court and is responsible for a wide range of duties and responsibilities that require extensive administrative and managerial skills. These responsibilities include overseeing the court's administrative operations, facilities, and budget and case management procedures. In addition, the court administrator acts as a liaison between the court and public or private organizations.