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Office of County Executive
Mark A. Hackel


Macomb County departments and agencies provide stellar services to approximately 870,000 residents. Many of these programs have been recognized by local, state and national organizations for their innovative and effective practices.

The following is a list of 2017 awards and distinctions. For accolades bestowed in previous years, click on the archive link.

In 2017, Macomb County garnered five Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), including one Best in Category award given to the county Roads department.


Health Department honored with award in Lansing


On April 19 the Macomb County Health Department (MCHD) received the 2017 Jean Chabut Health Policy Champion award from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) in recognition of achieving Project Public Health Readiness. The awards event was at the Capitol Building and part of Michigan Public Health Week. (R-L) MDHHS Director Nick Lyon, MCHD Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Tom Barnes, MDHHS Deputy Director Sue Moran and MCHD Director Bill Ridella.


Bill Ridella honored with Michigan Dental Association Public Service Award


Dr. David Borlas, DDS, president of the Macomb Dental Society presented Macomb County Health Director Bill Ridella with the Michigan Dental Association Public Service Award.

Bill Ridella (Director of Macomb County Health Department) was instrumental in providing assistance for the 2016 Michigan Mission of Mercy (M.O.M.), which was held in Macomb County. He attended many of the planning meetings and delivered his expertise to the program. His compassion throughout the Michigan Mission of Mercy made it clear that he is constantly thinking about the needs of the community. Bill’s involvement in Macomb does not end at M.O.M. He was a driving force behind the creation of the Macomb Oral Health Coalition which brought together all of the areas of interest in Macomb County to address dental access to care issues and has set up numerous programs as the director of the Macomb County Health Department. For all of these achievements, Bill was recognized with the Michigan Dental Association’s 2017 Public Service Award in April 2017.