John Paul Rea

Deputy County Executive
Region 10
Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development


John Paul Rea is the director of Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. He is highly involved with comprehensive community and economic development initiatives throughout the county and is an instrumental part of a dynamic team of professional planners and economic developers who are facilitating a wide range of municipal and business assistance services.


Rea is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, represents Macomb County on the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transit board of directors, sits on the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority board of commissioners and is involved in many committees with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. He was recognized as a Hometown Hero by the Romeo-Washington Chamber of Commerce and made DBusiness' "30 in Their Thirties" and Crain's Detroit Business' "40 Under 40" lists in 2017.


Rea holds a Bachelor of Science in political science with a minor in public administration and a master’s degree in public administration with an emphasis in urban and regional policy and planning from Grand Valley State University.