About L. Brooks Patterson

L. Brooks Patterson is transforming Oakland County and Southeast Michigan with his 21st Century vision and no-nonsense leadership. His mission is to make Oakland County one of the best places to live, work, play and raise a family as he moves toward a seventh term as chief executive officer of one of America’s most affluent and progressive counties.

Oakland County has reached full employment – under five percent unemployment – because of Brooks’ successful job growth and retention strategies in the knowledge-based economy. His Emerging Sectors®, Medical Main Street®, and Tech248® initiatives have attracted $5.2 billion in private investment creating and retaining 91,000 jobs. Oakland County’s economy also has a global reach with more than 1,100 firms from 39 foreign countries operating inside its borders.

Under Brooks’ 26 years of leadership, Oakland County continues to retain its coveted AAA bond rating. Investment ratings firms recognize Brooks’ administration as the best among counties in the United States because of its multi-year budget – which is balanced through 2024 – and innovation in transitioning employees from a defined benefit to a defined contribution retirement saving taxpayers well over $650 million.

Oakland County is also the premiere dining, entertainment, and shopping destination for Southeast Michigan. Brooks’ Main Street Oakland County (MSOC) program supports development in the county’s 32 downtown areas while preserving the unique and historic character of each destination. Under MSOC, Oakland County’s downtowns have seen more than $706 million in investment which has launched 971 new businesses creating about 7,100 jobs.

Brooks presides over an $893 million annual budget for Fiscal Year 2019 and a county workforce of nearly 4,300 full and part time benefit eligible employees.

Awards & Honors

Brooks’ administration has earned more than 410 awards and honors during his tenure as County Executive. Ones awarded to Brooks directly include:

  • 2018 Distinguished Service Award in Government, Home Builders Association of Southeast Michigan
  • 2018 Bronze Sponsor Appreciation Award, The Rainbow Connection
  • 2017 Bronze Sponsor Appreciation Award, The Rainbow Connection
  • 2015 Patriot of the Year by Patriot Week Inc.
  • 2014 The Sosnick Courage Award, Oakland County SAVE Task Force
  • 2014 Community Service & Leadership Award, Brain Injury Association of Michigan
  • 2013 City of Troy Proclamation for Public Official of the Year Award
  • 2013 Governing Magazine Public Official of the Year
  • 2013 124th Annual Lincoln Day Dinner Max Fisher Achievement Award
  • 2013 Excellence in Leadership Award from Rochester Hills, Mich.
  • 2013 College of Osteopathic Medicine Walter F. Patenge Medal of Public Service
  • 2013 Brain Injury Association Protecting Michigan’s No-Fault Insurance Award
  • 2013 CPAN Public Conscience Award
  • 2012 Diversity Champion, Race Relations & Diversity Task Force
  • 2012 Local Elected Official Award, Michigan Recreation & Parks Association
  • 2012 Metro Detroit Youth Day Appreciation Award
  • 2012 Quality People/Quality County Award
  • 2011 Michigan Emerging Catalyst Award for his job attraction initiatives
  • 2011 Civic Leadership Award from the Twilight Benefit Association
  • 2011 Achievement Award for Excellence from Wolverine Human Services
  • 2011 Distinguished Arts & Culture Award from the Paint Creek Center for the Arts
  • 2011 Honorary Affiliate Member Award, American Institute of Architects Michigan Chapter
  • 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, Oakland County Republican Party
  • 2011 Art Van Hope Award
  • 2010 Government Official of the Year Award from the Woodward Avenue Action Association
  • 2010 University of Detroit Mercy College of Liberal Arts Hall of Honor
  • 2010 Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award
  • 2010 Main Street Oakland County Spirit Award
  • 2010 U.S. Census Valued Partner Award
  • 2009 Wayne County Commission Appreciation of Contribution to Tri-County Summit Award
  • 2009 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Central Michigan University
  • 2009 American Arab Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Circle Award of Excellence
  • 2009 Emmy Award for Michigan Matters
  • 2008 Public Official Award from the Arc of Oakland County
  • 2008 MIRA Gold Key Award
  • 2007 Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow
  • 2007 Optimist International Club of West Bloomfield Community Service Award
  • 2007 Michigan Chamber of Commerce Service and Leadership Award
  • 2006 Child Abuse and Neglect Council Kaleidoscope Award
  • 2006 Detroit Regional Chamber World Trader Award
  • 2006 One of Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 individuals in America “pushing the boundaries of government as usual.”
  • 2006 Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Kettering University
  • 2005 Visionary Award from the Michigan Department of Information Technology for leadership support of technology initiatives
  • 2005 “World Trader of the Year” by the Detroit Regional Chamber
  • 2005 Champion for Children Award from Region 9 (Oakland, Wayne and Macomb Counties) of the Michigan Association of School Administrators
  • 2004 Lighthouse of Oakland County Humanitarian Award
  • 2003 Automation Alley CEO Legend of the Year
  • 2001 Automation Alley Founders Award sponsored by General Motors
  • 2000 Corp! Magazine Man of the Decade
  • 1998 Appreciation Award, Japan Business Society of Detroit
  • Commitment to Ending Violence in the Lives of Oakland County Families Award, HAVEN
  • Continued Dedication Award, Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • Distinguished Leadership & Honorary Alumni Award, Leadership Oakland
  • Appreciation for Service to Freedom and Free Markets Award, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
  • Honorary Alumni Award, Oakland University
  • Jeffrey W. Barry Educational Excellence and Service Award, Walsh College