Governor appoints another member of Patterson administration

Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Oakland County Risk Manager Julie Secontine to Michigan’s Public Safety Communications Interoperability Board. The board oversees Michigan’s 800 MHz radio system and telecommunications network, which provides statewide interoperability in digital clarity to its members. It also adopts procedures governing the organization and operations of the Michigan Public Safety Communications System.

Secontine is the seventh person under County Executive L. Brooks Patterson to have a role in state government with the Snyder administration.

“I have the best team in government,” Patterson said. “It’s clear they get high marks from the governor too.”

Patterson appointed Secontine risk manager in 2003. Prior to that, she worked as senior assistant corporation council for the county and as a staff attorney to Chief Judge Barry L. Howard in the Oakland County Circuit Court since 1989. Secontine is certified by the Michigan State Police in emergency management. She is the legal advisor to Michigan Task Force 1 and Oakland County Fire Mutual Aid Organization. Plus, she is a member of eight emergency management organizations.

Secontine has taught at Cooley Law School, Eastern Michigan University, Madonna University and Oakland Community College. She received her law degree from Wayne State University in 1988 and her Bachelor of Art in political science from Michigan State University in 1984. She lives in Rochester Hills with her husband Randy who is also an attorney. She will serve a term ending April 30, 2015.

This mark’s the seventh individual from Patterson’s team Gov. Snyder has asked to play a role in state government. In July, Chief Deputy County Executive Gerald Poisson’s joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Executive Committee. Director of Central Services J. David VanderVeen serves as Snyder’s chairperson of the Michigan Aeronautics Commission. The governor recently appointed Kristie Everett Zamora, Oakland County’s arts, culture & film coordinator, to the Commission on Services to the Aging. Deputy County Executive Robert Daddow had a role on the governor’s transition team. Snyder also appointed former Deputy County Executive Douglas Smith to the position of senior vice president of the MEDC two years ago.

In addition, Deputy County Executive/CIO Phil Bertolini is involved with a group started by Snyder’s CIO David Beehan called the CIO Kitchen Cabinet. It is a body of select CIOs from around Michigan who meet to advise the State of Michigan on IT matters.