New Democratic Oakland County County Executive Dave Coulter has tapped a slew of well-known Democratic allies for his 10-member transition team.
Coulter, the former mayor of Ferndale, was picked last month by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, which has a Democratic majority. The Oakland County GOP has filed suit to block his appointment. The metro Detroit county was led for years by Republican L. Brooks Patterson, who died in office after a cancer battle.
The new county executive announced Friday that his transition team will include Oakland County Commission Vice Chair Marcia Gershenson; University of Michigan Regent Paul Brown; Lisa Canada, political and legislative director for the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights; Dave Hecker, president of the American Federation of Teachers-Michigan; and Gilda Jacobs, a former state senator and representative who’s now president and CEO of the Michigan League for Public Policy.
Other members are Sean Carlson, executive director of the Michigan Defense Center Huron Valley Schools board member; Jaimie Clayton, president and CEO of Oakland Family Services; Jeff Denha, CEO of Brass Aluminum Forging; Glenn McIntosh, vice president for student affairs and chief diversity officer at Oakland University; and Mary Zatina, senior vice president of government relations and community affairs at Beaumont Health.
The group’s first meeting is scheduled for next week.