County appoints new finance director

Stephen Smigiel has worked for the county for 25 years

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 20, 2015



MACOMB COUNTY — Stephen Smigiel is no novice when it comes to making sense of dollars and cents.

The University of Michigan-Flint graduate was working with numbers well before he started working for Macomb County 25 years ago.
That’s why Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel recently appointed Smigiel as finance director. The appointment was also approved by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

Smigiel, who has served as interim finance director for Macomb County since September 2014, guided the county through the largest bond sale in its history when, in March 2015, $263 million in bonds were issued to secure retiree health care obligations for the future.

Prior to serving as interim finance director, Smigiel was the assistant finance director for the county from March 2011 to September 2014. From August 1997 to March 2011, Smigiel served the county as accounting manager, and he was an auditor for seven years before that.

“Steve has a wealth of experience that makes him the natural choice for this position,” Hackel said in a prepared statement. “We are pleased to have him now overseeing our Finance Department.”
The commission was unable to come to an agreement with a prior candidate and hired a search firm to find a candidate to replace former Finance Director Pete Provenzano, who had served that position since 2011. He stepped down in August 2014 to become vice chancellor of administrative services at Oakland Community College.

According to county records, Smigiel’s salary will range from $105,709 to $132,137.
Smigiel, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting, is also a certified public accountant.

He said some of the projects that he’d like to tackle as finance director include addressing capital improvements and internal technology improvements to help his staff of 50 in both the Finance Department and the Purchasing Department carry out their duties more efficiently, and making sure the county budget remains healthy.

“Our budget is in good shape,” he said. “We need to be diligent on how we manage it going forward.”