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Ex-Ferndale mayor Dave Coulter to be sworn in as Oakland County executive

Posted at 4:37 AM, Aug 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-19 11:51:01-04

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Ferndale Mayor Dave Coulter resigned Monday so he can step into the role of Oakland County executive.

Coulter will fill the vacant role after the death of L. Brooks Patterson.

The special council meeting was specifically called so Coulter could hand in his letter of resignation. Additionally, Ferndale City Council will discuss the process to fill Coulter's vacancy for the remainder of the term - December 2019. Once Coulter officially resigns, he could take the oath as early as Monday for the position of Oakland County executive.

Coulter was appointed to the position in a narrow 11-10 vote that came after a contentious board meeting. Oakland County Republican Party Chair Rocky Raczkowski is fighting to have the board's vote thrown out. Raczkowski says Oakland County Board Commissioner David Woodward, who resigned to take the vacancy, illegally took back his resignation and returned to his position, giving Democrats back the majority on the board.

If Coulter officially fills the role, he will stay as Oakland County Executive until December 2020, which is when Patterson's term would have been up.