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Board of Commissioners

Brown Elected BOC Chair

Long-time public servant Don Brown (R-District 7) was elected chair of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners by his peers on Jan. 7.

“I am going to work closely with each of you to ensure we are a success,” Brown said to Commissioners following the election. “I take our duties set forth by the Charter seriously and will diligently work to ensure this body continues to effectively execute its legislative powers, including providing sound fiscal oversight.” 

The vote, which took place virtually, was unanimous and Commissioner Joe Romano (R-District 4) made the nomination.

Following the election of Brown as Chair, Harold Haugh (D-District 11) was elected as Vice Chair and Barbara Zinner (R-District 10) was elected as Sergeant-at-Arms.

The Board’s election of Brown and Haugh as Chair and Vice Chair shows a continued commitment to bipartisanship and collaboration. As the legislative body of the County, the priorities of the Board remain passing a balanced budget, providing sound fiscal oversight and creating transparent policies that best serve the citizens of Macomb County.

Brown was first elected as a County Commissioner in 1990 and has represented Northern Macomb County since then. Currently, Brown represents District 7 serving Shelby, Washington, Bruce, Ray, Armada and Richmond townships, the villages of Romeo and Armada and the cities of Memphis and Richmond.

Prior to being elected Chair of the Board, Brown has served as Chair of the Government Oversight Committee, Finance Committee, Budget and Planning, Economic Development Committee and the Macomb Orchard Trail Commission during his tenure. Brown also holds a Certificate in Executives in State and Local Government from Harvard University and earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Oakland University. 

Haugh is serving his second term as Commissioner. Prior to joining the Board of Commissioners he had a long career at General Motors and served in the Michigan House of Representatives and as the Mayor of Roseville.

Zinner was elected to her first term as a Commissioner in November. 

The Board also approved the 2021 meeting schedule. All meetings will be held at 3 p.m,, unless otherwise noted.