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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel

What are you thankful for?

Elected Officials

I'm thankful for many things, but most importantly, my friends and family and in particular my nieces and nephews. -- Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel            

Having been born and raised in Macomb County, I’m thankful that my children have the opportunity to attend top-notch schools with a wide variety of recreational opportunities. I’m also thankful to my dedicated staff that works tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of all Macomb families. -- Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith

I have six healthy grandchildren, two daughters and son-in-laws who make me so proud. -- Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco

Over the years, I have been blessed with many opportunities which have allowed me to contribute to my community and raise my wonderful family. For the love of my wife of 61 years, my six children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, I am truly grateful. -- Macomb County Treasurer Ted Wahby

I am thankful for my loving family and the men and women of the Sheriff's Office who make our county proud! -- Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham

Department Heads

I am thankful for my family, friends, co-workers and community. -- John Shapka, Macomb County Corporation Counsel

I am thankful for the blessed life that I lead at work and home which includes a whole host of wonderful co-workers, family and friends. -- Vicki Wolber, Macomb County Emergency Management director

I am thankful that our friends, family and neighbors that had damage from the flooding this summer are getting needed help before the onset of the cold weather. – Rhonda Westphal, Juvenile Justice Center director

In the work sphere, I'm grateful for the outstanding people I work for and work with every day, and for the privilege of performing public service. In the personal sphere, I'm grateful to my wife Linda for being a wise and loving partner through life's ups and downs for more than four decades. I'm grateful to my son Daniel for the accomplished environmentalist he's becoming and to my daughter Sara and son-in-law Dan for their professional accomplishments, and for making me a grandfather next spring! Finally, I'm grateful for the fortunate life I've had so far, and to the very long list of people, including my ancestors who came here for a better life, whose hard work and sacrifice made my fortunate life possible. – Steve Gold, Macomb County Health Department director

I am thankful for all the great leadership and support we have received at Macomb County Animal Control. -- Jeff Randazzo, Macomb County Animal Control chief

I am thankful for the understanding and resiliency of Community Mental Health staff, to maintain a valued work ethic in the face of the many systemic organizational changes related to the Affordable Care Act. Also, for staff dedication and commitment to ensure the delivery
of needed supports and services to our most vulnerable citizens in Macomb County. -- John Kinch, Macomb County Community Corrections director

I am thankful that we have the county as a partner in support of Extension activities and programs in the county. I am also thankful for the warm and friendly staff that I have had an opportunity to work with as the interim district coordinator for Extension. -- Richard Wooton, Macomb County Michigan State University Extension interim district coordinator

I actually have a lot to be thankful for this year. My mother was having difficulty walking and when I took her to the doctor, he took an x-ray of her hip. Based upon the results of the x-ray, we proceeded to the emergency room at Henry Ford Macomb (this occurred on Aug. 14).  In addition to the hip problem, she also had an infection in her hip. They replaced her hip with a cement spacer, and she had to have six weeks of intravenous antibiotics.  My mother is currently in a short-term rehab facility and is due to come home possibly Friday, Nov. 14. My mother is 89 years old.

During my mother's absence from the home, my father was experiencing difficulty breathing, causing us to take him into emergency at Henry Ford Macomb. My father was placed on a ventilator, and they were having great difficulty weaning him off the ventilator. Fortunately, they were able to get him off the ventilator. Currently, he is in the rehabilitation section of Henry Ford Macomb and doing well. My father celebrated his 90th birthday in the hospital. -- Lynn Arnott-Bryks, Facilities and Operations director

I am thankful that our Macomb Veterans Action Collaborative membership is growing, and as a group, we are meeting the challenging needs of veterans with housing, food, grants, jobs and resources. -- Laura Rios, Veteran Services chief veteran services officer

I am incredibly grateful for working with such a great staff at Community Corrections for the last year. The work we do in the criminal justice system takes great commitment and they show that on a daily basis. I am also thankful for my amazing family and the exciting things they have to look forward to this upcoming year! -- Barbara Caskey, Community Corrections director