Commissioner's state presidency comes to a close

On Monday, Sept 24, Oakland County Commissioner Mattie McKinney Hatchett who was the president for the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC), ended her one-year term at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Michigan at the MAC Conference being held from September 23-25th.

She made history on Sept. 19, 2011, by becoming the first African American woman to ever be elected and sworn-in as president of the Michigan Association of Counties at the annual conference held at the Grand Traverse Resort, in Acme.

As MAC president, she presided over MAC board meetings and all conferences as well as led the organization. Hatchett's duties also included working closely with the MAC Leadership Committee which included the president, first vice president, second vice president and immediate past president as well as the MAC Executive Board of Directors. She has testified at the state level and serve as MAC's representative on the National Association of Counties Board of Directors. Hatchett worked with the Legislative Board of Directors and the Governor's Office on various issues that impacted counties across the state.

As MAC president, Hatchett represented 80 county governments and 685 county commissioners from across Michigan. As leader of the association, she continued to strengthen the role of MAC, which is to act as an advocate for the interests of Michigan's county governments.

Hatchett was first appointed to the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) Board of Directors in March 2007. She was named board member for Region 5, which includes the counties of Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Monroe, and Washtenaw.

Hatchett continued the tradition of Oakland County's leadership role with in MAC. She becomes the first MAC president from Oakland County since Donn L. Wolf served as MAC president from 1993-1994. Other Oakland County past MAC presidents who served include F.G. Ely from 1925-1926, Oliver P. Gibbs from 1939-1940, James L. Gardner from 1955-1956, Delos Hamlin in 1967, Richard Wilcox from 1974-1975, and Roy Rewold from 1987-1988. She was MAC's 104th president.

During her state platform, she focused on assisting veterans and families, worked to protect children from exploitation and abuse, as well as developed statewide youth councils to educate and engage youth in the government process.

MAC is a full-service state organization that provides legislative, research, technical and public affairs assistance to county governments. Created in 1898, MAC continues to ensure that the state's 80 counties concerns are heard and that their recommendations for policy matters are acted upon and understood in the Michigan State Legislature and the governor's office.

Published: Tue, Sep 25, 2012