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Steve Currie, a Pennsylvania native who came to Michigan to attend college and fell in love with the state, became MAC's fourth executive director since 1968 on Jan. 1, 2017.
Currie, formerly MAC's deputy director, was nominated and selected to replace Timothy K. McGuire by the MAC Board of Directors in November, after McGuire announced his intention to focus on the work of the Michigan Counties Workers' Compensation Fund (MCWCF).
"Steve has done an excellent job in modernizing our daily operations and finding new ways to help county governments provide the best services, while keeping a lid on costs" explained Board President Shelley Taub of Oakland County. "The Board is excited to work with Steve as he builds on the foundation created by Tim."
(PHOTO: Shelley Taub and Steve Currie review documents during a break at a New Commissioner School in Novi in December.)
McGuire and other board members praised Currie's skills and his selection at the board session.
"I became involved with MAC at approximately the same time that Steve came aboard, so the two are kind of synonymous in my mind," said First Vice President Matthew Bierlein of Tuscola County. "His breadth of knowledge of MAC's initiatives, from lobbying on the details of transportation funding to landing clients for the workers' comp fund, will continue to pay dividends for MAC members."
As executive director, Currie will run MAC and oversee the work of the MCWCF and MAC's Service Corporation (MACSC). He will be an ex officio member of the boards governing all three entities.
Currie has been leading MAC's daily operations since he came aboard as deputy director in 2011, plus has spurred new initiatives such as CoPro+, a collaborative purchasing program for public entities. For the past year, Currie has focused on a new program where MAC is assisting Wayne County with modernizing its procurement efforts.
"Through year one, we are on track to not only save Wayne County substantial sums, but, through our contract, earn revenues for MAC to ensure we are able to deliver top-flight services to all 83 members," Currie explained.
"A point I reiterate again and again to our staff is that the strength of our organization is the membership. When we take 83 counties and then speak with one voice, our effectiveness in Lansing and Washington, D.C., trebles," Currie said.
Currie holds degrees from Hope College and Michigan State University and is involved extensively in Lansing-area philanthropy, aiding the Sparrow Foundation and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, among others.