Oakland County commissioners interviewing 5 candidates for executive job


  • Oakland County government

Oakland County commissioners on Wednesday are interviewing five candidates vying to replace L. Brooks Patterson as county executive.

An evaluation committee of two Democrats and one Republican selected the five candidates from a field of 21.

The committee is interviewing the following candidates:
• 9:30 a.m.: Kevin Howley, Huntington Woods, Democrat
• 10:30 a.m.: Randy Hazel, Lake Orion, independent
• 11:30 a.m.: David Woodward, Royal Oak, Democrat
• 1:00 p.m.: Timothy Gossman, Clarkston, independent
• 2:00 p.m.: Julie Secontine, Milford, political party unknown

The committee is represented by commissioners Marcia Gershenson, D-Bloomfield Township; Gwen Markham, D-Novi; and Thomas F. Middleton, R-Clarkston.

The full board, which has 10 Republicans and 10 Democrats, may vote as early as Friday on appointing Patterson’s replacement. Commissioners have 30 days to appoint a new county executive after a vacancy. If they can't make a choice by then, a special election will be held.

Democrats held a majority on the board until the chairman, Dave Woodward, resigned last week so he could be considered for the appointment. The interim county executive is Gerald Poisson, who had served as deputy county executive under Patterson.

Patterson's funeral is Thursday.

The process of replacing Patterson has turned ugly with allegations of backroom deals. Earlier this week, Commissioner Shelly Goodman Taub admitted she told her Republican colleagues to "delete" their emails before reporters send a public records request. It’s illegal to intentionally destroy public records.

You can watch the interviews on the commission’s website.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.