Oakland County Executive David Coulter has appointed Rudy Hobbs deputy county executive. Hobbs, who is the first African American to serve in that role, will lead the Central Services, Health & Human Services, and Public Services departments.
Hobbs, a Southfield resident, served two-terms in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2011-2014, where his colleagues elected him the Democratic Floor Leader. He represented the city of Southfield, Lathrup Village, Oak Park, Beverly Hills, Franklin, and Royal Oak Township.
He led the district office for U.S. Rep. Sander Levin and served as a state-wide policy advisory for Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Lt. Gov. John Cherry from 2006-2009. He helped Warren Evans transition to Wayne County Executive serving as chief of staff from 2015-2017. He joins the county administration from Michigan Legislative Consultants, a Lansing-based lobbying firm where he has represented clients since 2017.
Hobbs currently serves on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters and City Year Detroit. He has served on the board of directors of several regional education and nonprofit institutions, including Botsford Hospital, Art Institute Authority, Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, Birmingham YMCA, Lathrup Village Community Foundation, Lathrup Village, and the South Oakland County NAACP.
Hobbs holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Teaching and a master's degree in Educational Leadership and Administration, both from Michigan State University. He began his career as a teacher in Detroit and Southfield.