Pontiac — Newly appointed Oakland County executive David Coulter said Friday he has assembled his transition team.

Members of his Transition Advisory Group will help ensure a smooth change in the county's administration after the death of L. Brooks Patterson, he said. The announcement comes about three weeks after Coulter was appointed county executive.

“We’re bringing together a group of incredible people with impressive credentials who are a spectrum of business, nonprofit, and community leaders,” the former Ferndale mayor said in a statement. “Their No. 1 job will be to give me an impartial evaluation of the direction my administration should take Oakland County.”

He said the group will provide counsel on filling senior-level staff positions and appointments to boards and commissions; advise on approving a balanced budget by September 30; review and evaluate current department priorities and programs; and advise on short-term and medium-term priorities.

The group's 10 members: 

  • Paul Brown, partner, eLab Ventures, member of the University of Michigan Board of Regents, and former vice president of capital markets at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
  • Lisa Canada, political and legislative director, Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights.
  • Sean Carlson, executive director, Michigan Defense Center, and board member of Huron Valley Schools.
  • Jaimie Clayton, president and CEO, Oakland Family Services.
  • Jeff Denha, CEO, Brass Aluminum Forging.
  • Marcia Gershenson, vice chair, Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
  • Dave Hecker, president, American Federation of Teachers Michigan.
  • Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO, Michigan League for Public Policy, and a former state senator.
  • Glenn McIntosh, vice president for student affairs and chief diversity officer, Oakland University.
  • Mary Zatina, senior vice president of government relations and community affairs, Beaumont Health.

Coulter said the panel will meet twice as a group and work individually in between those meetings. The first meeting will be held next week, he said.

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