New director for economic development department appointed


Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson has appointed State Rep. Michael D. McCready to be Oakland County’s next director of the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. McCready will join Oakland County administration at the end of his current legislative term which concludes at the end of December.

“Mike’s exceptional background makes him well-qualified for this pivotal position in county government,” Patterson said. “He is a successful businessman plus a respected public leader whose official roles intersected with the business community.”

As a state legislator since his election in 2012, McCready served on the Commerce and Trade, Transportation and Infrastructure, and Families, Children, and Seniors committees, among others in the Michigan House of Representatives. He chaired both the House Appropriations Sub-committee on Higher Education and the House Appropriations Sub-committee on Michigan State Police. McCready also was a member of the Bloomfield Hills City Commission from 2007 to 2012 where he served as mayor, mayor pro-tempore, zoning board chairman, and as a member of both the planning commission and the library committee.

McCready is the principal of McCready & Associates in Birmingham, a small business that represents commercial furniture manufacturers in Michigan.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to utilize my business talents to drive Oakland County’s highly successful economic development initiatives forward,” McCready said. “I plan to hit the ground running in January.”

McCready has won several awards for his leadership as a state lawmaker. He was the 2017 Natural Gas Champion from Clean Fuels of Michigan and Natural Gas Vehicles of Michigan; the 2016 United States Humane Society Legislator of the Year; and the 2016 Library Champion from the Michigan Library Association.

McCready earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and business administration from Western Michigan University. He is an alumnus of Seaholm High School in Birmingham.

McCready will serve as acting director when he joins county administration Jan. 1 until the Oakland County Board of Commissioners concurs with Patterson’s appointment. He replaces Irene Spanos who departed the administration Dec. 7 for a new role at Oakland University.