McGillivray re-elected county commissioner for 20th District

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published November 11, 2016

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MADISON HEIGHTS — Gary McGillivray, the incumbent Oakland County commissioner for the 20th District, was re-elected to another two-year term during the general election Nov. 8.

McGillivray, a Democrat, received 59.88 percent of the vote (14,298 votes), besting his Republican rival David Harrell, who took 39.54 percent (9,441 votes).

Write-ins accounted for 0.57 percent, or 137 votes.

McGillivray said he was honored to be elected to his fourth term as county commissioner.

“One thing I’d like to see happen now is combined dispatch by the county,” McGillivray said.

He explained how currently, each city or township has its own dispatch for police and fire,   but he’d like to create county-run dispatch centers, one at each end of the county (north, south, east and west), which would handle the calls for multiple cities. This way, public safety personnel from neighboring cities could more quickly assist each other during an emergency.

He also wants these dispatch centers to have county lockups for detaining suspects, so that police departments don’t have to maintain their own lockups, which they currently do since it takes too long to drive each suspect to Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac. A more central lockup at each dispatch center would make for a shorter trip for police, McGillivray said.

“I think these dispatch centers would save cities a decent amount of time and money,” McGillivray said.

Harrell did not return calls for comment by press time.