Patterson appoints “Black Belt” as IT Director

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has recruited Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Michael R. Timm to be the county’s next director of information technology. A Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is a systems professional who focuses on process improvement through better team dynamics and lean operations.

“Oakland County is one of the most digitally-advanced counties in America,” Patterson said. “Mike’s impressive resume indicates he is well qualified to keep Oakland County on the leading edge of developments in information technology.”

An innovative information technology leader with over 30 years of experience in the private sector, Timm was the director of business planning and the project management office at Meridian Health Plan. While there, he established the office, built the team, implemented the business plan, and put in place key process metrics for its entire IT organization. Prior to that, he was the director of delivery at Entrega Systems Group.

“Oakland County has a reputation for excellence in government, including in IT, which I am very excited to become a part of,” Timm said. “I’m delighted that County Executive Patterson has determined that my years of experience in the private sector will add value to his administration.”

His career began in 1985 with Electronic Data Systems (EDS), a former division of the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP), as a systems engineering manager/account manager supporting the General Motors North America account. He eventually rose within the HP organization to become a program manager/managing consultant for a number of industries including public utilities, rail transportation, insurance, shipping/logistics, and manufacturing. He left HP in August of 2012.

Deputy Oakland County Executive and Chief Information Officer Phil Bertolini said the county will benefit from Timm’s experience. “Brooks’ administration is always building the best team possible to benefit our residents. We have found the right team member in Mike Timm to help us lead our technology efforts forward,” he said.

Timm, 55, has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, and a master of business administration degree with an emphasis on information technology from Northern Illinois University.