Patterson Administration announces retirements

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced the retirement of Public Services Director Michael Zehnder whose last day is today.

As director of public services, Zehnder's responsibilities included managing six divisions of county government: Animal Control Division, Circuit Court Probation Division, Community Corrections Division, the Medical Examiner's Office, Michigan State University Cooperative Extension, and Veterans' Services Division. Zehnder is best-known for bringing the Great Lakes National Cemetery to Holly, Michigan. A Vietnam veteran himself, Zehnder said he plans to make the veterans' cemetery his final resting place one day. He has been with the Patterson administration since Jan. 1, 1993. Zehnder plans to enjoy his retirement in Kentucky with his wife.

"The past 20 years have been an absolute journey," Zehnder said. "It has been a privilege to serve the residents of Oakland County and to be a part of the best team in government ever assembled."

Patterson also noted the retirement of Oakland County Corporation Counsel Judith Cunningham which was announced in the Oakland County Legal News on March 18, 2013. Cunningham's retirement will be effective Friday, April 26.

"Both Mike and Judy have been among my most effective managers and exemplary members of my administration," Patterson said. "They will be terribly missed. I wish them well."

Patterson has not named any replacements for Cunningham and Zehnder.

Published: Fri, Apr 5, 2013