O’Reilly appointed to Local Community Stabilization Authority Council

LANSING – Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly Jr. and four others to the Local Community Stabilization Authority Council Sept. 8. He will serve a term expiring Sept. 3, 2016.

The five-member council is the governing body of the authority.

The new authority replaces the existing Metropolitan Extension Telecommunications Rights-of-Way Oversight Authority, which had been responsible for coordinating access to public rights-of-way and the payment of maintenance fees by telecommunications providers to municipalities since 2002.

In addition to the METRO Authority functions, the new authority will be responsible for distributing personal property tax replacement revenue to municipalities throughout the state according to specific statutory formulas. The authority was created when Proposal 1 passed in August.

“This council will help local communities ensure continued economic growth while maintaining local government services,” Snyder said. “I thank these appointees for their willingness to serve.”

O’Reilly is on the board of directors of the Michigan Municipal League and is chairman of the Downriver Community Conference. He participates in the United States Conference of Mayors, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Urban Core Mayors, the M-TEC Training Alliance Board, and the Wayne County Transit Authority.

He served as the executive director of the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance. O’Reilly earned an associate’s degree from Oakland University and bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Detroit.

Other appointees are:
Scott Erbisch, of Marquette, is the Marquette County administrator and has more than 20 years of local government experience. Erbisch earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Northern Michigan University. He will serve a term expiring Sept. 3, 2015.

Megan Crandall, of Traverse City, is the owner of Hatlem Churchill in Glen Arbor. She is a licensed pilot, and previously sold real estate in the Traverse City area for several years. She served on the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education, is a member of the founding committee of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce’s TC Young Professionals group, and is an active member of the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce and the Glen Arbor Chamber of Commerce. She will serve a term expiring Sept. 3, 2017.

Donald Rogers, of Coldwater, is the treasurer for Coldwater Township and was elected to the Michigan Townships Association board of directors in 2013. He worked with the Michigan Department of Corrections for more than 20 years at the Lakeland Correctional Facility. Rogers earned his police officer certification through Lake Michigan College, and is a certified corrections specialist from the State of Michigan Corrections Academy. Rogers attended the Municipal Treasurers Institute at Central Michigan University. He will serve a term expiring Sept. 2, 2018.

Mary Anne Jones, of Rockford, is vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Priority Health. She served as chief financial officer for Spectrum Health United Memorial and as senior director at Ernest and Young and Arthur Anderson. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and computer information systems and a Master of Accounting degree from Ferris State University. She will serve a term expiring Sept. 3, 2019. Jones also was appointed chairwoman of the council, for a term expiring at the pleasure of the governor.

After the expiration of initial appointments, members will serve six-year terms that are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.