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Just days after saying he was taking time off to spend with family, former state Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) accepted a contract position with Oakland County as the Economic and Legislative Liaison. “Brooks offered me the position,” Kowall said. “He called me up a couple of times and asked, ‘When are you going to come work for me.” Kowall, who served in both the House and Senate before leaving due to term limits, served on the House Economic Development Committee and as Senate Majority Floor Leader for four of his eight years there. He was also White Lake Township Supervisor for six years, and has done private economic development consulting for multi-million dollar firms throughout the globe. Since he receives benefits from the state for his time spent there, his contract offer, just shy of $125,000 per year, means he won’t be a direct county employee but will still make about $50,000 more than he did as a legislator. Kowall will be working directly with former Rep. Michael McCready, who was hired as Director of Economic Development and Community Affairs, and Deputy Oakland County Executive Tim Meyer, who oversees all economic development at the county. But some county commissioners smelled something fishy in Kowall’s appointment, noting the county paid a temp agency for his hiring, which never had a county job posting. The county board is now looking to make all appointments come before them for approval, for transparency sake.


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