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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

Contact: Tom Lehrer

Office: 586-463-3523



May 30, 2023

Executive Mark Hackel appoints new leadership for Macomb County Health and Community Services

County Executive Mark Hackel today announced a major appointment to County leadership. Andrew Cox, current director of the Macomb County Health Department, was appointed director of Macomb County Health and Community Services.

“I’m incredibly pleased to share this appointment and the news that Andrew will be taking over this leadership position within the County,” said Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel. “I’m certain Andrew will continue to be a vital asset for our community in his new role.”

Cox is a proven leader within the Macomb County Health Department who played a pivotal role in helping the community respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and developed dynamic community driven public health programs. He notably led the department in securing National Accreditation in 2021, the first local health department in southeast Michigan to do so.

“Andrew has been critical in helping our Health Department navigate complex issues and achieve significant recognition,” Hackel said. “This has established him as a well-known professional within the County and the State. But his leadership goes beyond the health and medical fields. He has cultivated relationships with public safety agencies, school districts, faith-based organizations and service agencies like ACCESS and the Chaldean Community Foundation. He takes a community-minded approach to his work.”

Cox has over 17 years’ experience working in public health and is a Registered Environmental Health Sanitarian through the National Environmental Health Association. He has a master’s in public health and bachelor’s in human biology from Michigan State University. He serves on several community boards and national workgroups and also works as a faculty member for Macomb and Oakland Community Colleges. He is married with four children.

With his appointment as director of Health and Community Services, Cox relieves Deputy County Executive Vicki Wolber, who has served as temporary director since early 2022.

“I feel incredibly humbled and honored that Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel has the confidence in me to lead this agency into the future,” said Andrew Cox. “Macomb County Health & Community Services and all of its employees work so hard to better the lives of Macomb County residents. I am honored to lead them and feel tremendous pride in serving our community”

As specified by the Macomb County Charter, the county executive has the authority to appoint department directors to be confirmed by the Board of Commissioners. The appointment of Andrew Cox is scheduled to be presented to the BOC on June 7, 2023 at its Health and Human Services Committee meeting with full board approval on June 15, 2023.


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