Deputy County Executive Robert J. Daddow will represent Oakland County’s water and sewer ratepayers on the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) board, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced today. Daddow, a certified public accountant, was part of the county’s team that negotiated the GLWA agreement.
“Bob is the right person for the job,” Patterson said. “Not only was he at the negotiation table for 15 months, but he also has worked in public finance for 40 years. He has a sterling reputation in Michigan and around the nation.”
Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash supports the appointment. “I have confidence that Bob Daddow brings expertise to the process and will represent Oakland County’s interests very well,” Nash said.
Daddow, who will remain deputy county executive while serving on the GLWA board, said there is a lot of work ahead for GLWA board members.
“I’ll have two measuring sticks while serving on the board,” Daddow said. ”One will determine whether a matter before the board helps or harms ratepayers. The other will ascertain whether it makes monetary sense.”
Daddow, 63, has served as deputy county executive since October of 2000. He was the county’s director of management and budget from January 1993 until his appointment as deputy county executive. In both roles, he helped further Oakland County’s multi-year budgeting, transform the county’s retiree benefits from defined benefit to defined contribution, finance the paying-off of the county’s retiree obligations, and maintain the county’s AAA bond rating since 1998. (Read Bob Daddow’s Bio here
He is the current board chairman for SMART Bus and vice chairman of the Michigan Municipal Services Authority. He began his career in 1974 at Ernst & Young where he became the partner in charge of its Southeast Michigan government practice until 1991.
Daddow has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University. He lives in Oakland Township with his wife Maryann.