Patterson names new manager of Homeland Security Division

County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed Thomas G. Hardesty as manager of the county’s Homeland Security Division, a position he begins today. Hardesty will be responsible for ensuring the county’s preparedness for natural or manmade hazards.

“Thom’s extensive background in law enforcement will be an asset to our Homeland Security Division,” Patterson said. “I have confidence in his 30 years of experience, education, and training.”

Hardesty, who retired in 2014 as deputy director of the Auburn Hills Emergency Services Police Division, has served as the administrator for the Oakland County Medical Examiner since October of 2015. He is looking forward to his new responsibilities as he transitions into the county’s emergency manager position.

“I’m grateful to Mr. Patterson for the opportunity to serve the county in such an important role,” Hardesty said. “As manager of the Homeland Security Division, I will work with our communities to keep our residents and visitors safe.”

Hardesty, 52, joined the Auburn Hills Police Department as a patrolman in 1989. He rose through the ranks serving as detective from 1992-1998, road patrol sergeant from 1998-2001, lieutenant of the Technical Services Division from 2001-2003, lieutenant of the Patrol Operations Division from 2003-2006, and lieutenant of the Criminal Investigations Division from 2006-2012 when he became deputy director of the Emergency Services Police Division. He began his law enforcement career as a Beverly Hills public safety officer in 1987.

Hardesty earned a bachelor of arts in management and organizational development from Spring Arbor University (2001) and a master of public administration in criminal justice administration from the University of Michigan in Flint (2008). He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (2008), Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command (2002), and the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy (1987). He belongs to the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and the Oakland County Chiefs of Police.

A Davison resident, Hardesty and his wife Stephanie have five children.