Oakland County Executive David Coulter has appointed Sean Carlson deputy county executive to oversee the Management & Budget, Information Technology, and Economic Development & Community Affairs departments.
Carlson served as the executive director of the Michigan Defense Center. He is a key architect of Michigan's "Protect & Grow" strategy to attract Department of Defense missions, to improve the aerospace and defense industry, and to assist small businesses in diversifying into the defense industry. He also served as vice president of the international trade program at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Carlson, a Commerce Township resident, was the senior deputy director of Michigan's Department of Management & Budget from 2003 to 2006. Under his leadership, the National Association State Procurement Officials recognized Michigan's procurement organization as among the top five in the U.S. in 2005. The National Association of Government Accountants named Carlson as one of the top state leaders in the country in 2006 for his development of policies bringing integrity to public procurement, creation of a statewide MiDEAL (cooperative buying) program, and leading the state efforts to save over $250 million in government contracting.
Carlson holds three degrees from Michigan State University: a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, a master's degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources, and a juris doctor degree.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army at 17. He was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1992. After 20 years in the Air Force both on active duty and in the Air National Guard, he retired as a lieutenant colonel.