Former area supervisor appointed deputy in Clinton Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published June 13, 2021

 Dan O'Leary

Dan O'Leary

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A man who served at the top level of another Macomb County community for over 10 years has now taken a job in Clinton Township.

At the May 24 Clinton Township Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved the appointment of Dan O’Leary to deputy supervisor.

Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon said from the minute he met O’Leary, he liked him.

“He’s done a good job for Washington Township,” he said.

O’Leary, who now resides in Troy, worked as Washington Township supervisor for a dozen years, ending in 2020.

“I was intending on going back to the private sector, but this opportunity came up,” O’Leary said. “I love the public sector and love the kind of work we do.”

Cannon notes that it’s an unusual opportunity for a community like Clinton Township to bring someone of O’Leary’s ability to the position.

The position was previously held by Liz Vogel, who Cannon said left the township to pursue other opportunities. Vogel’s last day on the job was May 13. O’Leary’s first day on the job was May 25.

O’Leary said he and Cannon have had a solid professional relationship for many years.

“We’ve known each other from multiple supervisor gatherings and share war stories and assist each other with problems,” O’Leary said.

Cannon wrote in a letter to the board that it’s his desire to maintain an office fully committed to providing residents with extraordinary public service, staff with accessible leadership and the board with the assurance that the many aspects of the supervisor’s office are being timely met and well managed.

O’Leary holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Wayne State University.

“We did some good things in Washington and am hoping to bring some of that energy here,” he said. “I had a great deal of infrastructure experience — we built two fire stations, a sewer plant and a water storage facility — and I also have a strong financial perspective.”

As deputy supervisor, O’Leary indicated he will act on Cannon’s behalf when the supervisor is unavailable.

“I don’t get a vote at the board but can help with operations management when the supervisor isn’t available,” he said. “I run various projects and assist with many initiatives going on, like the strategic plan.”

Among other capacities, O’Leary has also worked as an energy gas director and finance director.