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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Macomb County 2016 accomplishments

2016 was a great year for Macomb County. Below is a list of all the accomplishments the departments under the Executive Office achieved last year.

Animal Control

 
  • Has a save rate of 91 percent for 2016. In four short years, the department has gone from one of the lowest save rates for municipal shelters in the state to one of the highest.
  • Has partnered with Pet Supplies Plus in Clinton Township to adopt out over 150 cats in 2016.
  • Animal Control officers followed up on over 700 reports of animal neglect, including the highly-publicized case of "Elvira,” in partnership with Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith.
  • With the help of the Pet Supplies Plus location in Clinton Township, the Macomb County Animal Control Department was able to secure over 11,000 pounds of pet food donations to create a food bank for seniors and low-income individuals with pets in need.

Community Corrections

  • Provided residential substance abuse treatment to over 700 individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
  • Increased pretrial screenings and recommendations by more than 50 percent over the last two years.
  • Established electronic communications with several courts and probation departments.
  • Continued recipient of the Justice Assistance Grant provided by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Corporation Counsel

  • Continued upgrading its automation and software systems and launched LegalFiles, a new web-based file, task and project management system.
  • Successfully secured funding to add a new labor attorney position, which will support the Human Resources and Labor Relations Department, and a new part-time secretarial position supporting general office functions as well as coordinating the county executive's appointments to various county boards and commissions, plus serving as recording secretary to the county's Art and Zoo authorities.
  • The use of outside counsel has largely ended and Corporation Counsel litigators successfully defended more than a dozen cases which resulted in the dismissal of all claims against the county and its personnel, and they successfully defended against appeals at both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Emergency Management

 
  • Won 2016 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award for our annual Business Preparedness Conference.
  • Implemented a new Emergency Operations Plan format for the county.
  • Responded to the 2016 Fraser sewer collapse emergency.

Facilities and Operations

 
 
 
  • Completed modern 600 vehicle parking deck to accommodate employees and the public. Deck is equipped with new parking equipment and cameras for enhanced security.
  • Completed the Welcome Center which connects the new deck to the Administration Building.
  • Completed renovation of the 13-story Old County Building after a fire occurred April 17, 2013. Building now houses the Friend of the Court and Juvenile Court.

Finance

  • Awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officer's Association for the 30th straight year.
  • Improved the budget process by engaging all department heads and elected officials in budget workshops with the Office of the County Executive prior to submitting the recommended budget to the Board of Commissioners.
  • Conducted ongoing training on the county's accounting software.
  • Completed implementation of a major upgrade to the county's financial management and payroll system in cooperation with Human Resources and Information Technology.
  • Completed the development of in-house audit programs that will enable the Finance Department to prepare, complete and issue the audited financial statements in a more timely and efficient manner.

Health Department

 
 
 
  • Won three National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement awards for creating a family support group for families with special needs children, advancing health communications and improving immunization records technology.
  • Achieved Project Public Health Readiness certification from the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control for completing all 300 public health emergency response benchmarks.
  • Received the first National Health Security Award from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services for excellence in Youth and Family Emergency Preparedness education, conducting 90 school-based education workshops to over 2,500 fifth-grade students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxA5wfXM0gY&feature=youtu.be
  • Completed a countywide Community Health Needs Assessment that identified four health priorities to be addressed by the department and our community stakeholders.
  • Renovated and established a community kitchen at the Thompson Family Resource Center for providing healthy cooking classes and nutrition education.
  • In partnership with many health and community organizations, conducted a Women’s Health & Wellness Day for over 200 women.

Human Resources

  • Have successfully initiated a comprehensive Classification and Compensation Study to develop a system to provide a competitive total compensation system and to create an efficient method to manage our workforce.
  • Have successfully initiated a comprehensive Leadership Training Program.
  • Have significantly expanded healthy lifestyle opportunities for county employees.

Information Technology

 
  • Implemented redundant internet connections to provide much improved uptime for users to connect, but more so for police and fire to have a reliable connection to dispatch.
  • Configured 911 SMS texts to PSAP (Public Safety Answering Points), which are helpful for texting during an emergency if you are deaf, hard of hearing, have a speech disability, or if a voice call to 911 might otherwise be dangerous or impossible.
  • IT provided an enterprise-wide conference call solution using Google’s UBERConference software that includes audio conferencing, desktop sharing, recording, and central management. This allows users to set and conduct conference calls as part of their daily business routine.
  • IT received seven National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement awards in 2016. These awards included various technology solutions, for example, Elab which provides a bi-directional lab interface between the Macomb County Health Department and McLaren, Video Remote Interpreting Software to provide interpretation services to the communities, and electronic commerce for online payments.
  • A Board Document Imaging System was implemented that provides a solution for scanning and indexing hard copy documents into a digital format that is searchable and presentable to the public in a web-based application. It also allows for automated workflows to process such documents.
  • A wireless network is being rolled out to the whole county. At this time, the court building and Old County Building have been completed, as well as various other smaller locations. This provides the ability for mobile users to connect their devices to the Macomb County network in such locations, as well as the public to have access to the Internet.
  • One of our resources worked with a third party company to provide a criminal justice data warehouse. The end result was a symposium held by David Bennet and his team at the Macomb Intermediate School District to discuss the outcome after an analysis of all the data.
  • A Department of Roads project website was developed that allows the public to view information and maps about current and future construction projects on their mobile devices.

Juvenile Justice Center

 
  • Upgraded video surveillance system.
  • Implementation of case management software system.
  • Modification to organizational clinical staffing to include trauma-trained therapists.
  • Implementation of student internship program.
  • Evaluation of existing system of care and replaced as deemed appropriate with programs that reflect best practices and/or evidenced-based interventions.

Macomb Community Action

 
 

Supportive Services for Veteran Families:

  • 127 families were successfully transitioned to affordable housing.

Financial Empowerment Program:

  • The program is a unique collaboration between the three Health & Community Services Agencies: Health Department, Michigan State University Extension and Macomb Community Action. The kickoff date for the program was Sept. 1.
  • Macomb County Family Resource Center was established in partnership with Mount Clemens Community Schools in June 2016 in an effort to keep the building as a resource for the community we serve, provide collaborating opportunities for organizations with shared vision, ensure accessibility for customers and to extend the list of educational, health and recreational programs available.

Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!

  • Initiated the Department of Defense Career Transition Center, funded by the Department of Defense/Office of Economic Adjustment. Its purpose is to assist those whose employment has been adversely affected by changes in any defense-related business/industry. The goal is to work with businesses and workers in the defense industry to help ensure adversely affected workers are re-employed.
  • Continued success with the Veteran Employability Boot Camp. As of November 2016, 74.48 percent of those who attended reported employment within 90 days. The average reported wage of those employed was $14.73.
  • Lynn Hosking, disability program navigator, was presented by the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons its Achievement Honor Roll Award. Lynn was recognized for her work with individuals with sight challenges in their job search, use of the Pure Michigan Talent Connect, familiarity with the JAWS software and interaction with the various programs throughout Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!
  • Certificate of recognition awarded to Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! for “service to the veteran community.” Awarded Sept. 15, 2016 by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
  • Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! was awarded the Economic Development Partner of the Year award at the 2017 5th Annual Macomb County Business Awards.

Michigan State University Extension

 
 
  • Youth Nutrition and Physical Activity programs reached 1,771 students at area schools.
  • Importance of MSUE community-based education is evidenced by pre/post survey data showing 85 percent of adults enrolled in SNAP-Ed made one or more improvements in their nutritional practices.
  • The 4-H Youth Mentoring program serviced 183 youths through community and peer mentoring in 2016.
  • Stressing the importance of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), the 4-H Tech Wizards partnered with 11 adult volunteers to mentor 52 youths on a weekly basis. Several Macomb 4-H Tech Wizards youths and mentors attended the Citizenship Washington Focus Conference at the National 4-H Conference Center in Washington, D.C.
  • MSUE partnered with Macomb Community Action to provide financial coaching to their clients in the emergency assistance program, empowering them to make rent and utility payments.
  • MSUE foreclosure prevention counsellors met with 209 homeowners who were three years behind on their property taxes. These homeowners entered into repayment plan agreements with the Treasurer’s Office.
  • MSUE’s foreclosure hotline assisted 272 people requesting foreclosure prevention education.

Risk Management

  • Cyber liability insurance coverage was added to the benefit of all county departments.
  • Enhanced medical malpractice and professional liability protection was added to the county's insurance coverage portfolio.
  • For the fifth consecutive year, Risk Management assisted in the successful negotiations leading to cap-compliant HMO medical insurance coverage. Once again, no monthly premium payments for the active employees choosing HMOs.
  • 2016 marked the launch of a comprehensive review of county-owned property/assets. The compilation of this data will produce the most thorough and informative property schedule book to date.

Roads

 
  • American Public Works Association award for project of the year for South Lakeshore Drive bridge replacement ($1 million to $5 million category).
  • Successfully deployed three traffic signal locations with connected vehicle technology in Macomb County. These are completely operational and one of the first few “real” locations with connected vehicle technology in the state. Connected Vehicles is a program established by the U.S. Department of Transportation to explore methods to enable cars, buses, trucks, trains, roads and other infrastructure, as well as other devices like smart phones, to “talk” to one another. MCDR traffic signal controllers were found to be the most compatible with connected vehicle technology. The state of Michigan is now revising their traffic signal controller specifications to follow MCDR’s specifications.
  • Received an Asphalt Paving Association of Michigan Award of Excellence for 19 Mile Road from Hayes to Romeo Plank resurfacing in the Urban Street category.
  • Received a Michigan Concrete Association award for Deneweth Farms Subdivision Phase 2,3,4.
  • Launched the GovDelivery service, a web-based application to notify motorists via text message or email about incidents in Macomb County that may affect their travel routes through Macomb County. The division has also taken action through other social media, including Facebook and Twitter, to facilitate an open, two-way conversation with the public to more effectively address motorist concerns.

Veteran Service Department

 
 
  • Serviced 6,238 veterans in 2016. We also hosted, attended and participated in over 40 outreaches. Our Macomb County veterans received a total of $5,795,258.00 in service-connected disability compensation and non-service connected pension monies from Veteran Affairs.
  • In January 2016, the Macomb County Veteran Service Department, in cooperation with the Detroit VA Healthcare System, began providing free transportation to veterans to the Detroit VA Medical Center.