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Gerald D. Poisson, J.D.

Gerald D. Poisson, J.D.

Chief Deputy County Executive, Oakland County, MI 

Current Focus

Current Chief Deputy County Executive for Oakland County, Chief of Staff for the Executive Office and also responsible for Departments of Human Resources, Health and Human Services, Risk Management, Central Services, Corporation Counsel, Special Projects, Regional Issues, Infrastructure, Transit, Cobo Hall and Budget Task Force.

Poisson was appointed to the MEDC Executive Committee in 2013.

Professional Background

Poisson has worked for Oakland County for over 31 years and has held several high level positions from Senior Trial Attorney to Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney and Corporation Counsel. Experience in developing strategies for confronting and resolving challenges faced by County government relating to infrastructure, water quality and public transit. Long career of defending, coordinating and monitoring litigation brought against the County and its officials involving infrastructure, water quality and public transit issues. Before his service with Oakland County Poisson was a Special Agent, Criminal Investigator with the U. S. Treasury Department, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 

Education and Personal

Poisson holds a Juris Doctorate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and completed the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

Boards serving:
• Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation