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David Coulter

County Executive, Oakland County

David Coulter is honored to serve as Oakland County’s third county executive. His inclusive style seeks to leverage the strength of county government and tap the broad diversity of its residents to open a new doorway for future progress.

Coulter previously served as mayor of Ferndale from 2011 to 2019. During his tenure, Ferndale improved its credit rating twice, lowered city taxes, reduced the industrial vacancy rate, and invested in roads, parks, and parking accessibility in the city’s thriving downtown.

Before Coulter was elected mayor, he represented Southeast Oakland County on the Board of Commissioners from 2002 to 2010 and was a member of the finance committee which oversaw Oakland County’s balanced three-year budget and started an innovative program that provided health insurance to more than 5,000 residents.

Coulter also served as the director of external relations for the Children’s Foundation of Michigan. He focused on public policy and local efforts to improve the health of children and families through the Detroit region and state.

Coulter earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and an Executive Education Certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.