Oakland County Executive David Coulter has appointed April McGrath Lynch deputy county executive. McGrath, who has served as associate vice president of human resources and payroll at the University of Detroit Mercy since March, is the third woman in Oakland County history to be appointed to the role. She will oversee Human Resources, Corporation Counsel, Risk Management, and Facilities Management.
Lynch, a Walled Lake resident, previously served as Ferndale's city manager beginning in 2011. Prior to becoming Ferndale's city manager, she was the director of administrative services/assistant city manager for the city of Ypsilanti from 2007-2011. She also worked for the city of Monroe as the director of human resources from 2005-2007. Finally, she was the assistant to the city manager/director of human resources for the city of Grand Haven from 1996-2005. Lynch is also an adjunct professor at Oakland University who teaches graduate-level introduction to public administration, a position she has held since 2014.
Lynch is a certified senior professional in human resources. She holds an MBA in human resources from Baker College in Muskegon and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Grand Valley State University. She was a member of the Michigan Municipal Executives (MME) where she served on the board from 2015-2017, the Professional Development Committee from 2013-2019, and the Nominating Committee from 2018-2019. She also was a regular presenter on leadership and human resources topics for the MME's Next Gen Committee.