(Crystal A. Proxmire, Jan. 11, 2017)
Pontiac, MI – The Oakland County Board of Commissioners made their official start to the 2017-2018 term with a swearing in ceremony Wednesday night at the County Commission building in Pontiac. Nineteen of the Commissioners were incumbents that had been re-elected. Two new Commissioners took the Oath of Office as well: Republican Tom J. Berman of Keego Harbor and Republican Doug Tietz of Troy.
Republican Michael J. Gingell was re-appointed to serve as the Chairperson of the Board, with Republican Michael Spisz serving as Vice-Chair. Only Commissioner Marcia Gershenson voted against the appointments, stating she would prefer to see a woman serving in the leadership position.
The Commissioners, who serve two year terms, are as follows:
Tom J. Berman (R- City of Keego Harbor, City of Orchard Lake Village, City of Sylvan Lake,
Waterford Township and West Bloomfield Township)
David E.S. Bowman (D-City of Pontiac)
Hugh D. Crawford (R- City of Novi, City of Northville and Novi Township)
Wade Fleming (R-City of Clawson, City of Troy and City of Royal Oak)
Marcia Gershenson (D- City of Farmington Hills, Bloomfield Township and West Bloomfield Township)
Michael J. Gingell (R-City of Auburn Hills, City of Lake Angelus, Independence Township, Orion Township and the Village of Lake Orion).
Bob Hoffman (R-Groveland Township, Highland Township, Holly Township, Rose Township, Springfield Township and Village of Holly)
Janet Jackson (D- City of Farmington Hills and City of Southfield)
Eileen T. Kowall (R- Waterford Township and White Lake Township)
Christine A. Long (R-City of Walled Lake, Commerce Township, West Bloomfield Township and Village of Wolverine Lake)
Gary McGillivray (D-City of Madison Heights, City of Pleasant Ridge, City of Royal Oak and City of Troy)
Thomas F. Middleton (R- City of the Village of Clarkston, Independence Township and Waterford Township)
Nancy L. Quarles (D- City of Lathrup Village, City of Oak Park and City of Southfield)
Shelley Goodman Taub (R -City of Birmingham, City of Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township)
Doug Tietz (R-City of Auburn Hills, City of Rochester Hills and City of Troy)
Philip J. Weipert (R-City of South Lyon, City of Wixom, Lyon Township, Milford Township and the Village of Milford)
Dave Woodward (D- City of Berkley and City of Royal Oak)
Helaine Zack (D- City of Ferndale, City of Hazel Park, City of Huntington Woods, City of Oak Park and Royal Oak Township).
The National Anthem was sang by the 2016 American Guild of Music’s NAIC Award Winner Adele Houle.
Learn more about the Oakland County Board of Commissioners at https://www.oakgov.com/boc.