On Wednesday, May 22, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners recognized the 100th Anniversary of the Road Commission for Oakland County by presenting a proclamation to the current Road Commission members consisting of Road Commission’s Chairman Greg Jamian, Vice Chairman Ron Fowkes, Commissioner Eric S. Wilson, and Managing Director Dennis G. Kolar.
The proclamation was presented at the Board meeting in the Oakland County Board of Commissioners’ Auditorium by Board Chairman Michael J. Gingell and Board Vice Chairman Jeff Matis. The proclamation commemorates the 100th milestone and history of the Road Commission to which the Oakland County Board of Supervisors (the predecessors to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners) appointed the first Road Commissioners on May 6, 1913.
Also during the May 22 meeting, the Board of Commissioners honored Oakland County Sheriff’s Captain Henry C. Wallace for his 41 years of service to the county in recognition of his retirement from the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department.
Wallace has the distinction of being the first African American to be promoted to the rank of police captain in the entire State of Michigan. He was also one of only eight African American men to be hired to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department in 1971.
During his tenure at the county, he was the highest ranking African American officer in the Sheriff’s Department.
In addition, the Board announced that it would recognize National Missing Children’s Day on May 25 with a proclamation honoring the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and recognizing the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Masonic Order of Berkley, and TEAM HOPE for their efforts on behalf of missing children.
Commissioner Janet Jackson was pleased to present the proclamation to NOBLE representative and Federal Bureau of Investigations Special Investigator Charles E. Fonseca.