Coulter hires former Ferndale city manager as deputy county executive

By: Mike Koury | C&G Newspapers | Published September 16, 2019

 April Lynch

April Lynch


OAKLAND COUNTY — Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter has hired a familiar face to be one of his deputy county executives.

In a Sept. 11 press release, it was announced that April Lynch had been appointed as a deputy county executive. Coulter and Lynch previously worked together in Ferndale when he was mayor and she was city manager.

“The first two things I look for in selecting the deputy team is people that I know are smart and that I trust, and April passes both of those tests with flying colors,” Coulter said.

Lynch left her post as Ferndale city manager earlier this year after eight years. She had been working as the associate vice president of human resources and payroll at the University of Detroit Mercy since March.

The start date for her new job is Monday, Sept. 23, and even though she just left the public sector for her University of Detroit Mercy job, Lynch said this position is “such a unique and rare opportunity” that she couldn’t pass it up.

“It’s an opportunity that I don’t know if it will ever come back again,” she said. “With my experience, especially in Ferndale and government in general, it was a real opportunity that I didn’t want to miss.”

According to Coulter, Lynch will have multiple roles as deputy county executive, but her focus in the beginning will be on navigating human resources issues in Oakland County.

“There are things that the county is going through that I’ve seen us tackle in Ferndale, from a new compensation study, negotiating labor contracts, attracting diversity and those types of issues,” he said. “Those are similar issues that I dealt with in Ferndale that I am also seeing could be improved in Oakland County. And so, in particular, her human resources background I think is a perfect fit for the county.”

Coulter is allowed to hire five deputy county executives for his staff. Lynch is his second hire after Hilarie Chambers, who will act as Coulter’s chief deputy county executive. Chambers formerly was the chief of staff for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Lynch, who has 23 years of experience working in government, is hoping to pick out the strengths of Oakland County and build on them.

“My foundation has always been in human resources — yet also in operations — and so I’m going to be able to take my skill set in human resources, as well as understanding the operation of a whole organization, and how that’s going to fit in, how we move things forward,” she said. “So whether it’s a compensation study or union negotiations or anything like that, I think that that’s the value I’ll bring to the table, is just not only understanding human resources, but the operations piece of running a government organization.”