Hackel sworn in for 2nd term as Macomb county executive

Ursula Watson
The Detroit News

Mount Clemens — As one public official promises to serve Macomb residents for a second term, another stepped down Tuesday.

Mark Hackel was sworn in for his second term as county executive by Macomb County Circuit Judge Peter J. Maceroni. His new term begins Jan. 1.

Hackel’s swearing in was the retiring Maceroni’s last act as judge. Maceroni was elected to the new Ninth Circuit judgeship in 1990 and re-elected in 1996 and 2002.

Both men spoke highly of the other.

“When Mark Hackel was first elected sheriff of our county he asked me to swear him in,” Maceroni said. “I guess he liked the way I did it because he has asked me to swear him in the second time he was elected sheriff, then as county executive for the first time and now for the second time. I really appreciated that.”

In November Hackel cruised to re-election, receiving 69 percent of the vote in his race against Republican opponent David Novak.

He served as Macomb County sheriff for 10 years before being elected as the county’s first executive in November 2010.

Hackel said one of the reasons he has repeatedly asked Maceroni to swear him in is because he admires the retiring judge, who he said “stood tall throughout the years as a public servant.”

“He has been a wonderful example of what a public servant should be on and off the bench,” said Hackel.

Also, it seems Maceroni has brought Hackel good luck. “I keep getting re-elected,” Hackel joked.

The Maceroni name will continue at Macomb Circuit Court. His son, James Maceroni, won his race against Steve Fox, with 56 percent of the vote in November. His six-year term begins Jan. 1.

“I am going to miss this but retiring is a silver lining with my son being elected,” the elder Maceroni said. “I am very, very proud of him.”

The Maceronis are not the only Macomb Circuit Court family act.

Suzanne Faunce, who defeated 37th District incumbent Judge Dean Ausilio in November, was sworn in Monday along with her sister, Circuit Judge Jennifer Faunce, who ran unopposed. The sisters were sworn in at the Warren courthouse by their father, Sherman Faunce, a former district judge.

Also, Macomb Circuit Judge Kathryn Viviano is the daughter of former Circuit Judge Antonio Viviano.

Her brother, Michigan Supreme Court Justice David Viviano, led three candidates in his field with 62 percent of the votes to complete a partial two-year term once held by Justice Diane Hathaway, who left office and served a prison term for a real estate scandal.

Prior to being elected to the Michigan Supreme Court, Viviano was former chief Macomb Circuit judge.


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