Macomb County 2019 accomplishments
2019 was a remarkable year with incredible progress in Macomb County. Below is a list of the many accomplishments for several of the county's departments.
- Cared for more than 3,000 animals, including dogs, cats, puppies and kittens, as well as 555 other animals such as livestock or wildlife.
- Returned 419 animals to an owner, found new homes through adoption for 671 and placed 446 with rescue groups.
- Responded to seven cases of hoarding that involved helping nearly 300 animals kept in deplorable conditions live better lives.
- Launched new digital pet tags with a QR code that can be scanned by any smartphone to help a lost animal find its way to its owner. More than 12,000 tags were sold and resulted in many animals being reunited without being brought into the shelter environment.
- Used a $25,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help residents with pet care needs, including training, emergency surgery, fencing and more.
- Received generous support from local communities for “Fill the Trailer,” an event held in November in partnership with Pet Supplies Plus with the goal of helping senior citizens care for their pets.
- Helped reduce the feral cat population by treating 258 cats and kittens through the Trap/Neuter/Release Program.
- Placed 88 feral cats in barns, factories and warehouses through the Working Cat Program.
Clerk/Register of Deeds
- Collaborated with various departments including finance, IT, human resources and court administration to provide excellent service to the public.
- The Mobile Clerk's Office program made 16 stops throughout the county in 2019. This offering provides citizens with the opportunity to conduct any business they would otherwise need to travel to Mount Clemens to complete, including CPL application/ renewal, accessing and filing property record, submitting Notary Public applications as well as requesting birth and death records, marriage licenses and business registrations.
- Increased pretrial screenings to 1,909 and those who are supervised under programming to 1,074 – a 30 percent rise for both.
- While under Community Corrections supervision, 80 percent of all pretrial participants successfully completed and attended all scheduled court hearings.
- Partnered with the 16th Circuit Court, Michigan Works and CARE of Southeastern Michigan on the Peer Supported Employment Opportunities program, which was launched in 2019 through a Department of Labor grant and focuses on providing employment support, on-the-job trainings, classroom trainings, direct connections to employment, and peer recovery programming to Macomb County residents affected by opiate use.
- Continued to evolve a partnership with the 16th Circuit Court and the Office of the County Executive focused on developing standards for indigent defense under the direction of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission. Through these efforts, counsel at first appearance is now required in all indigent defense cases, continuing education is given to all attorneys providing indigent defense services, and a more effective use of space and technology will be implemented for those arraigned at the Macomb County Jail with the construction of video arraignment rooms within the facility.
Emergency Management and Communications
- Using grant funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of its Community Oriented Policing Services program, Emergency Management and Communications (EM&C) partnered with the Macomb Intermediate School District to develop a comprehensive program to assist schools in conducting risk and vulnerability assessments and develop emergency operations plans. To date, over 50 schools in the county have had an assessment and each received specific recommendations on actions they can take to improve the security of their buildings, staff and students. In addition, EM&C continues to work with local school districts to gain or maintain access to their internal video camera systems for situational awareness during a major event.
- The employee safety committee, which is spearheaded by EM&C, implemented several new initiatives including: the development of a comprehensive survey to determine what safety related issues employees most feel uneasy with; the purchase and installation of Stop the Bleed kits in county facilities and delivery of Stop the Bleed training – an initiative designed to turn bystanders into responders in the critical first minutes after any type of incident causing traumatic bleeding injuries; and delivery of verbal de-escalation training, which allows employees to respond effectively to tense and stressful situations.
- Along with all police, fire and EMS agencies in the county, EM&C developed active shooter response plans, trained and purchased equipment that will allow them to work together to respond to these types of incidents.
- Led full-scale active shooter response exercises at three local high schools that involved 40 first responder agencies, several county departments and almost 600 individuals.
- The county, along with its vendor Motorola, completed an expansion of the Macomb County Public Safety Communications System from nine to 14 towers, significantly expanding radio coverage and functionality north of Hall Road.
- Assisted with the development of an advanced backup 911 dispatch center at the Warren police department and facilitated an agreement between the county and City of Warren to establish backup communication centers at each other’s 911 centers. In order to achieve this, Warren was brought into the county radio communications system, and the 911 phone systems in both locations were upgraded to an advanced, single, geo-diverse system.
- EM&C embarked on a public outreach campaign based around developing and offering a community preparedness guide. In addition to creating a guide in English, it is being translated into many of the other most-spoken languages in Macomb County homes, including Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Vietnamese, Albanian, Russian, Korean, Mandarin, Polish and Cantonese.
Finance / Treasurer's Office
- Under the Keep Macomb Your Home Program, the number of tax foreclosures in the county has decreased for a third year in a row, with 783 payment plans negotiated and a 98 percent plan success.
- Received over $253,000 from Step Forward Michigan to help more than 40 residents make taxes current, avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes.
- Collaborated with the Clerk's Office to bring past due campaign finance committees into compliance with state law and collected $24,232.50 in late filing fees.
- Worked with community partners and held its first ever mobile event focused on providing local residents with information about the resources, low-cost services and payment plans available to help them with foreclosure issues.
- The Health Department’s Office of the Medical Examiner successfully achieved re-accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME), which assures a Medical Examiner Office is performing and maintaining a high caliber of medicolegal investigation of death for the communities and jurisdictions in which they operate. The NAME Accreditation is for 2019 through 2024.
- Received a $270,000 Grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Department to expand the Nurse-Family Partnership Program. The program empowers first-time moms to transform their lives and create better futures for themselves and their babies by providing the resources and support needed to do so.
- Recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials with the Model Practice Award for developing and implementing an exemplary and replicable best practice public health program – the Youth Emergency Preparedness Training Program for Macomb County. To date, the program has educated more than 6,700 fifth graders about common emergencies, ways to prevent them, how to put a plan in place and how to assemble an emergency kit for the home.
- Helped more than 150 residents with active and chronic Hepatitis C by providing education, testing and treatment to prevent the severe negative health outcomes. Over 150 residents have been contacted by the Public Health CD Nurses since June 2019.
- The HIV Prevention Program staff implemented Centers for Disease Control and Prevention best practices for promoting linkage-to, retention-in and re-engagement in care for people living with HIV. This will help achieve viral suppression and improved health outcomes to reduce transmission to others.
- Utilized a $75,000 Child Lead Exposure Elimination Innovation Grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to increase awareness, education and testing related to childhood lead poisoning in Eastpointe and Roseville.
- Collaborated with the Oakland, Wayne, St. Clair County and City of Detroit Health Departments on the WIC Engagement Project, funded through a $70,000 grant from the state, to address client retention and participation in the WIC Program.
- Partnered with health departments throughout southeast Michigan on the Children’s Special Health Care Services Work Group to identify and implement best practices to optimize program resources and services, which provide care to 50 percent of Michigan’s children with special health care needs.
- Provided environmental stewardship by collecting 180,045 pounds of hazardous automotive, lawn/garden and household product waste from more than 2,500 county residents in efforts to mitigate possible environmental contamination throughout local land, rivers and lakes.
- Utilized a $294,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs to provide education and awareness to residents via billboards, bus ads, radio and social media about medical marijuana with special focuses on safe product storage, the impact of driving under the influence and dangers associated with using during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Responded to an Action Lead Level Exceedance in St. Clair Shores water by providing lead prevention education and distributing almost 400 water filters to residents at a community open house.
- Used a $100,000 opioid prevention grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to educate the community about naloxone use, safe medication and drug disposal at designated sites and substance use treatment facilities.
Human Resources and Labor Relations
- Instituted a classification and compensation study that streamlined 100 pay grades to less than 45 and began movement towards a more transparent, applicable wage scale.
- Settled with 15 of the 18 collective bargaining groups, which moved wages closer to market average and allowed for 70 percent of employees to receive increases.
- Increased payroll while protecting the level of benefits that staff currently receives, which includes no additional cost share, co-pays or increases in deductibles for health insurance.
- In partnership with the Office of the County Executive, HRLR started an employee recognition program that awards certificates to employees who have served the county for five years and every five year increment after that as another way to highlight and retain its talented workforce.
- Implemented an online benefit management platform, Employee Navigator, to streamline enrollment for more than 2,500 employees county-wide.
- Partnered with Ulliance, Macomb County’s Employee Assistance Program, to provide immediate service to employees after significant loss, including that of two employees within the county.
- Andrew McKinnon, director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, was recognized as one of the American Society of Employers’ HR Directors of the Year.
Juvenile Justice Center
- Through its Bridges Academy, the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) provided an array of short-term detention and long-term rehabilitative services to more than 700 at-risk youth, which helped many successfully transition back into the community without experiencing continued difficulties.
- Enhanced talent attraction and retention initiatives including working closely with the Macomb County Human Resources and Labor Relations department, partnering with a number of local colleges and universities on an internship program and career fairs, and offering trainings and evaluations to existing employees in alignment with the JJC’s mission and goals.
- Continued to be at the forefront of trauma-informed care, which enhances the health and wellness of the JJC’s residents and their families by integrating traditional methods with adjunctive services such as assisted animal therapy, community peer mentoring and exposure to programs designed to provide youth with educational pathways to flourishing careers.
- Exposed at-risk youth to opportunities that enhance themselves and the community including knitting blankets for hospital patients, displaying artistic talent at the DIA, Anton Art Center and KAN Books, helping at the local animal shelter, celebrating Law Day in collaboration with the Central Macomb Optimist Club, volunteering to visit residents at the Martha T. Berry facility, planting trees in various communities and competing in 5K events.
- Collaborated with many community partners to provide services and opportunities to youth at the JJC and their families, including the Macomb County Animal Shelter, Macomb Healthstyles, CARE of Southeastern Michigan, Macomb County Community Mental Health, the Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility, MSU Extension, Anton Art Center, Macomb Young People AA, Macomb Community Action’s Meals on Wheels and Senior Services program areas, Macomb Family Services, Mount Clemens Library, Peace Trees, Beaumont Children's Hospital, All the World's a Stage, KAN Books, the Detroit Institute of Arts, Humane Society of Macomb County, Gleaners Community Bank, Turning Point, Job Corp, Central Macomb Optimist Club, Michigan Rehabilitative Services, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Oakland Art Coalition and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
Macomb Community Action
- Co-hosted two “Show Me the Money Day” events with MSU Extension that offered quality financial empowerment services to the community which resulted in more than 100 people attending financial education workshops, participating in tax preparation and getting connected to community resources.
- Partnered with the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank to help facilitate distributions of diapers at no cost to families in need. Nearly 100 families picked up diapers every month and that number continues to increase.
- Macomb Community Action’s Community Development program provided 1,401 residents with access to multiple housing service programs through funding obtained from the Department of Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, the Older Americans Act and local utilities. A total of $2,118,699 in services were administered through: weatherization assistance to 170 households; housing rehabilitation support to 31 households; minor home repairs to 120 households; chore assistance to 772 households belonging to seniors; home injury prevention assistance to 272 households; and energy waste reduction measures implemented at 84 households.
- Through a grant, MCA’s Limited Home Rehabilitation Program was able to provide up to $10,000 with no payback obligations to disabled homeowners in need of minor home modifications, including wheelchair accessible ramp installations, bathroom and kitchen modifications, along with many different home accessibility modifications.
- Head Start 0-5 was awarded $650,240 in additional grant funds to improve its offerings and resources. It was able to unstack four double session classroom and create eight full-day, full-week classrooms for a total of 24 that offer school readiness, nutrition, health and evidence-based curriculum programming. It also created four new full-time teacher positions and eight new part-time teacher aide positions. These improvements allowed Head Start to serve an additional 136 children in Macomb County with full-day/full-week care.
- Head Start 0-5 was awarded $73,434.00 in one-time funds for health and safety practices which will improve children’s school readiness skills, encourage staff to minimize hazards in their classrooms and enhance security on buses and at existing Head Start sites.
- Head Start held its sixth annual Health and Community Resource Fair, which featured various county partners and offered resource tables, wellness screenings and food distribution. Nearly 250 families attended, 46 physicals were provided and 28 dental screens were given.
- The Macomb Food Program distributed a total of 2,436,752 pounds of food with a wholesale value of $41,912,134, as well as 2,924,102 meals to Macomb County residents. In 2019, MFP served: 179,468 individuals/79,355 households through partnerships with 62 local food pantries; 3,095 individuals/1,868 households through its mobile food unit, Fresh to You Mobile Food Pantry; and 9,102 individuals/3,666 households at the Family Resource Center. Assistance was made possible by the 84,574 hours put in by dedicated volunteers.
- Macomb Food Program’s Fresh to You Mobile Food Pantry partnered with McLaren Macomb through its philanthropic McLaren Macomb Foundation to provide supplemental meals at no cost to patients receiving care and their families from the McLaren Macomb Medical Outreach Clinic. To date, this partnership has provided 4,638 pounds of emergency food to 252 households and 585 individuals.
- MCA’s Office of Senior Services hosted the 30th annual Senior Fun Festival, which drew in over 1,000 seniors and caregivers. Information about available services and support from the 100 agencies and businesses that participated, as well as health screens and entertainment, were provided to participants.
- A total of 8,626 older adults were served during the year through a variety of offerings from the Office of Senior Services.
- The Office of Senior Services helped 500 seniors save a total of $141,000 by assisting them with Medicare Part D Open Enrollment.
- Meals on Wheels delivered 438,315 meals and Dining Senior Style provided 94,138 meals to older adults around Macomb County
- The GoldenBerry Adult Day Caring Center, in partnership with Martha T. Berry, provided tailored care and support to 61 participants and their families including healthy meals and snacks, socialization and activities designed to stimulate mentally and physically in a home-like atmosphere.
- Through the Resource Advocacy grant, 900 older adults were provided assistance with applying for Medicaid, a Bridge Card, Low Income Subsidy and additional health insurance-related assistance.
- A total of 519 Senior Project Fresh coupon books, which contain 10, $2 coupons, were distributed to seniors so they can buy fresh, local produce at participating Farmers’ Markets and farm stands. This resulted in $10,380 going directly to local growers in Macomb County who are helping serve the older adult population.
- MCA’s Community Action Centers helped households prevent utility shut off of gas, electric and water services through multiple sources of funding, including: 458 households assisted through the Michigan Energy Assistance Program; 335 households assisted with Water Residential Assistance funding; 179 households assisted through the Community Services Block Grant funding; and 32 households assisted through Walk for Warmth.
- Macomb Community Action’s Community Action Centers helped families achieve housing stability through rapid rehousing of homeless individuals and people who are at risk of eviction. Funding and households served include: 136 households served by the Community Services Block Grant; 90 households served by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program; 25 households served by United Way for Southeastern Michigan Basic Needs funds; and 20 households served through the Emergency Solutions Grant.
- MCA’s Community Development program funded the City of Eastpointe’s first park improvement program in over 15 years at Roxana Park and provided new play equipment such as swings, slides and a playscape so families have a safe environment to enjoy outdoor activities.
Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!
- Through funding, Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! partnered with Macomb County Community Corrections, 16th Circuit Court Drug Court and CARE of Southeastern Michigan to connect individuals affected by the opioid crisis to grant funding that can provide a number of employment related services, including: screening and career assessments; individualized employment plans and case management; career-focused workshops; self-service career navigation stations; recruitment of local employers to network; on-the-job and classroom training opportunities; and job placement assistance. Additional support services to help remove barriers to employment are also made available through this partnership, including: assistance with transportation, temporary housing, applying for medical benefits, childcare and securing identification.
- Partnered with the 41-B District Court on a variety of initiatives focused on connecting local employers to jobs seekers including three hiring events and special preparation workshops. In addition, participants were given the incentive to have some court fees forgiven for attending events and workshops.
- Through the Community Ventures Business Network, Michigan Works! assisted employers with human resource management by helping them address common issues including: staff turnover, personal matters of staff that impact production, time allocated to finding resources to help employees, losing revenue due to lack of human capital, regular absenteeism and difficulties in replacing employees.
- Staff received training from CARE of Southeastern Michigan and the St. Clair County Health Department focused on educating them about the opioid crisis, its impact on the local workforce and how to administer life-saving medications to those experiencing an overdose.
- Maintained status as the only Michigan Works! provider to offer the Senior Community Services Program.
- Collaborated with the Macomb County Planning and Economic Development Department to organize and host the Professional Hiring Event focused on assisting individuals dislocated by General Motors layoffs. At the event, engineering, design, IT/cybersecurity, project management, procurement and programming professionals were connected with 32 employers.
- Revamped current and created new workshops geared towards providing job seekers with impactful information and training needed to support their endeavors. Workshops now covered by Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! include resume writing, interviewing skills, networking, social media practices, identifying employment barriers, job search attitude and career exploration.
- Held sessions for individuals impacted by General Motors layoffs who are eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance – a federal program that helps U.S. workers who lose their jobs as a result of foreign trade. These sessions focused on providing specialized job readiness services and assisting with unemployment benefit paperwork.
- Spearheaded a Talent Showcase for graduating high school seniors in Macomb County who are interested in skilled trades and apprenticeships. The event drew in 22 employers/companies and 35 students.
- Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! partnered with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) to offer a Reverse Job Fair event during which 15 local employers met with 35 eager and qualified job seekers. Following the job fair, MRS held break-out sessions tailored to enhance employer understanding of Disability Awareness and the Americans with Disabilities Act in a lunch and learn format.
Michigan State University Extension
- Offered the Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) focused on stimulating students’ interest in the Great Lakes and helping them understand their role in protecting these vital freshwater resources through a combination of classroom learning and hands-on experience. Over 1,300 students and 208 adult chaperones participated in GLEP in 2019, as well as 19 volunteers who donated 624 hours to the program.
- The MSU Product Center Food-Ag-Bio assisted county residents in developing products and businesses in the areas of food, agriculture, natural resources and the bio-economy. To date, 61 counseling sessions took place in Macomb County to assist 29 entrepreneurs in starting new businesses and expanding existing businesses. This resulted in $171,000 in new sales and $255,000 in investments.
- The Foreclosure Prevention program partnered with the Macomb County Treasurer’s Office to help homeowners save their homes and become more financially stable. More than 150 homeowners received one-on-one counseling sessions, entered repayment plan agreements with the Treasurer’s Office, were approved for modifications with their mortgage lender and learned how to budget during a financial crisis. Another achievement of the program was assisting homeowners through the Step Forward Michigan program, which provided 30 homeowners with the funds needed to catch up on property taxes and brought nearly $240,000 in tax dollars back into Macomb County.
Planning and Economic Development
- Joined forces with the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board to host a professional job fair that included 30 outstanding local employers and attracted more than 250 job seekers.
- Worked with companies to help them expand, grow and have a positive impact in the county. Major wins include: $1.2 billion invested and 1,400 jobs created at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Warren Truck Assembly plant; $236 million invested and 80 jobs created at the FCA Warren Stamping plant; $14.9 million and 111 jobs created at MMI Engineered Solutions; and $4.6 million and 69 jobs created at Arlington Industries.
- Recognized by Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) as the official convening organization to enable two districts to become Ford NGL Communities, which provides academy-based learning to high school students.
- Led the countywide celebration of National Manufacturing Day for the sixth year in a row. In 2019, 60 companies made it possible for nearly 2,000 high school students to see the industry in action and learn more about the range of careers the industry offers.
- Leveraged two Community Coordination Planning grants offered by SEMCOG to work with the communities of Center Line, Sterling Heights and Warren to establish a southern Macomb County route for the State of Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail network. In total, $72,000 of grant funds were utilized to facilitate this multi-community effort.
- Finalized a Strategic Plan as well as a Parks and Natural Resources Master Plan which concentrates on large scale projects that will have a positive impact on recreational assets throughout the county.
- The Land and Water Resources program area was renamed Parks and Natural Resources to better reflect its focus as outlined in the Strategic Plan as well as the Parks and Natural Resource Comprehensive Master Plan.
- The Green Macomb Urban Forest Partnership continued toward its goal to increase tree canopy in the county. Major efforts in 2019 included: more than 20,000 trees, plants and shrubs purchased through the Green Macomb/Blue Water Conservation District sale; over 3,000 trees planted on municipal property; and the massive planting and retrofitting of the Sterling Relief Drain into a major greenway, which will double tree canopy cover and provide a major reduction in storm water runoff.
- Assisted the Office of the County Executive with hosting the inaugural River Runs Wild Celebration focused on highlighting the collaborative efforts of dozens of agencies and local governments that took the Clinton River from a Federal Area of Concern to “Clean, Clear and Connected.”
- Began working with every Macomb County community to evaluate future infrastructure needs and develop a countywide Sewer Master Plan.
- Led planning for construction on the Chapaton Pump Station in St. Clair Shores, which will significantly expand its capacity and as a result, reduce combined sewer run-offs from this facility in to Lake St. Clair by 75 percent per year.
- Through Public Work’s drain match program, it worked with Macomb County communities to share the cost of drain maintenance projects, thus allowing for more tasks to be achieved with collective resources.
- Partnered with Wayne State University and the Michigan Science Center on a public education and professional research project focused on the Macomb County Fatberg and other obstructions formed from flushable wipes, fats, oils and grease that hinder operations in sewer systems.
- Public Works was the first agency in the county to fully adopt an updated customer portal which helped facilitate work in the field and enhanced the public’s ability to access maps, permits and other key data.
- Offered homeowners and developers the ability to apply for permits and reviews electronically, saving time and money for all involved.
- Through a partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Public Works began digitizing more than 100 years of old maps, permits and other files in 2019. The partnership is saving the county in excess of $1.5 million and bringing the expertise of the Army Corps to local record keeping.
- Expanded the use of biofilters and a biotrickling system, the first of such systems in Michigan, to extend the longevity of underground sewer infrastructure in Macomb County.
- Maintained 1,773 miles of Macomb County roadways, in addition to more than 1,100 miles of subdivision roadways.
- Improved roads across Macomb County by completing the following projects: reconstructed eight lane miles of primary and local roads; resurfaced and rehabilitated 74 lane miles of primary and local roads; replaced 33,000-square-yards of concrete pavement; replaced one bridge; completed a bridge deck replacement; replaced critical drainage infrastructure; and installed nearly 50 miles of sinusoidal rumble strips, known as mumble strips, on two-lane roads to reduce head-on crashes and limit noise pollution.
- Roads’ Maintenance Department, which manages requests for pothole repair, gravel road maintenance, snow plowing, litter pick up, tree removal, and mowing, received nearly 9,000 maintenance service requests in 2019
- Roads’ Traffic Department, which oversees the installation and maintenance of the more than 60,000 traffic signs and 1,000 traffic control signals on county roads, received 1,577 service requests in 2019.
- Began construction on a new 30,000-square-foot, 12-bay vehicle maintenance center in Clinton Township that will allow the Roads Department to provide maintenance and repair services for all county vehicles, enhancing cost savings and asset management.
- Received the largest grant ever awarded to a non-state agency from the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) Grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Innovate Mound initiative. The initiative will: enhance safety; optimize connectivity; support economic growth and prosperity; create smoother roads for safer and more reliable transportation and commuting; increase pedestrian-friendly features such as bridges and improved transit stops; reduce congestion from improved design and smart roadways; and incorporate mobility that matches the level of innovation from automotive, advanced manufacturing and defense sector leaders in the area.
- Participated in in the L’Anse Creuse Transportation Career Day for a 17th year. The event showcases transportation related occupations to 700 fourth grade students.
- Began Phase I (of three) deployments focused on creating a connected vehicle environment for the entire Macomb County road network. To date, Roads has installed 169 units throughout the county.
- Worked with the Lake St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area to help control phragmites along road right-of-ways in five Macomb County communities – Clinton Township, Harrison Township, Ray Township, Shelby Township and Washington Township.
- Collaborated with each of the 27 municipalities to effectively maintain and enhance roads and bridges throughout Macomb County.
- Renewed Law Enforcement and Dispatch Service contracts with multiple Macomb County communities and enhanced offerings with the addition of two School Resource Officers in Romeo and Macomb Township.
- Piloted a training exercise in conjunction with county departments, the Macomb Intermediate School District, numerous police and fire departments, EMS and local hospitals focused on developing a response plan and enhancing preparedness in the event of a mass shooting.
- Trained personnel to conduct driver roadside testing for opioid/narcotic intoxication that is not ordinarily detected in standard field sobriety testing. The Sheriff’s Office is currently the only agency in Macomb County capable of conducting this type of testing.
- Increased capabilities with the distribution of new 800 MHz to all members of the Sheriff’s Office.
- Completed updates at the Warren Dispatch backup center and repairs at COMTEC.
- Served more than 46,000 veterans in Macomb County, with total federal expenditures of $288 million, which averages to $6,234 per veteran.
- In 2019, a total of $2.6 million in retroactive support was provided to veterans and their widows/widowers.
- Helped Macomb County veterans with emergent needs remain in their homes, have a reliable vehicle and stay healthy by offering grants through the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund that cover mortgage payments, rent, past due utility bills, medical bills, dental bills, vehicle payments, vehicle insurance, vehicle repairs and home repairs.
- Led Volunteer Income Tax Assistance efforts, which totaled more than $1.6 million in federal refunds and $860,000 in state refunds for veterans and low-income households in 2019.
- Partnered with Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works! to provide the Veterans Employment Bootcamp, which helped 86 veterans enhance their employability.
- Veterans Services added a financial coach to its team in 2019. As a result 100 unique veterans and their families were able to attain their goals.
- Assisted with development of a state-of-the-art veterans home that will be able to house up to 150 veterans, spouses and Gold Start families.
- Local district and circuit Veterans Court assisted over 50 veterans obtain treatment.
- Partnered with the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 154 to help 1,100 families through the Veterans Food Bank as well as provide toys, gifts and food for 300 veterans’ families through Operation Christmas.
- Collaborated with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to help 950 veteran families receive referrals to partner organizations that provided them with additional services and benefits.