Rea appointed new deputy county executive in Macomb

First served in role in 2015

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published January 25, 2019

 John Paul Rea

John Paul Rea


MACOMB COUNTY — Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel is bringing John Paul Rea back as deputy county executive.

The announcement was made on Jan. 14.

Rea was appointed assistant county executive in April 2015 and was named director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development, or PED, in January 2016.

He will oversee the PED, roads, health and community services, veterans services and workforce development initiatives.

He takes the place of Al Lorenzo, who is moving to a part-time role involving policy and organizational development.

“JP has proven his ability to effect transformative change,” Hackel said. “I know he will be instrumental in helping me implement some strategic plans I have for improving countywide operations.”

Rea, 35, has been employed by the county since he interned as a graduate student of Grand Valley State University over 11 years ago. A lifelong resident of Macomb County, he represents the area on the boards of the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority and Automation Alley.

“It’s all about taking Mark’s vision and energy and using it to deploy the great team that we have,” Rea said. “I think we’ve developed an incredibly responsive system of government in the county and have built a reputation to meet the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow in the planning division.”

Rea serves on numerous committees with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and the Detroit Regional Chamber. In 2017, he was recognized as a Hometown Hero by the Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce, “40 Under 40” by Crain’s Detroit Business and “30 in Their Thirties” by DBusiness.

“I am incredibly humbled and grateful for this opportunity to continue to make Macomb County the best place to call home,” Rea said.  “With the support of County Executive Hackel and the people I work with each day, I look forward to expanded opportunities to connect with residents and businesses and to be an ambassador for all the exciting things happening here.”

Rea joins Chief Deputy Executive Mark Deldin and deputies Pam Lavers and Vicki Wolber to form Hackel’s executive team. Current PED Deputy Director Vicky Rad will serve as interim director of the department.

Rea believes there is a lot of synergy in the county that will benefit it heading forward.

“We’ve done a tremendous amount of collaboration with roads and health and community services,” Rea said. “Our economic development services have worked incredibly well with workforce development.”