Bloomfield Township Supervisor Dave Payne Announces Retirement
Letter of Resignation
At the regular meeting of the Bloomfield Township Board of
Trustees on June 27, 2011, Supervisor Dave Payne announced his
retirement, effective August 1, 2011.
“I have worked for Bloomfield Township since 1970 and lived
here since 1985,” Dave said. “It is a wonderful community to
live in and raise a family. I am very fortunate to have been
able to spend my career working for a place I love. The Board
of Trustees, staff and community members have made my job
truly rewarding. I am proud of what Bloomfield Township is
today and have confidence in the people who will carry on its
traditions while they provide strong leadership for its
Dave’s term expires in November, 2012. The Board of Trustees
will appoint a successor who will serve the remainder of this
Dave took his first position at the Township in 1970 in what
was then the Road Department. He held that job full time while
he worked his way through college. In 1975 he became the head
of the department. In 1990 he was appointed Administrative
Assistant to Supervisor Fred Korzon. In 1995 he was appointed
to the office of Treasurer and elected to that position in
1996. When Korzon retired in 1999, the Board of Trustees
appointed him to the office of Supervisor. Dave was elected to
the position in November, 2000. He was re-elected in 2004 and
again in 2008.
He earned both his Bachelor of Science degree in Business
Administration and his Master of Arts degree in Public
Administration from Oakland University.
Dave’s tenure is marked by a series of major achievements and
he instilled a fresh climate of openness and professionalism.
He placed a high priority on regular communication with the
public. He valued the Township’s need for professional
management in all areas of local services and put together a
strong leadership team.
In 2006 the Board of Trustees asked voters for a millage that
would fund a new public services facility, a new senior
center, renovations for Fire Station 2 and Central Fire
Station, and improvements to the civic campus as well. The
millage passed and today, the Bloomfield Township campus has
modern, efficient buildings that protect the Township’s fleet
and equipment and enable the staff to carry out their
responsibilities more safely and effectively than they could
in the outdated buildings. Additionally, the new Senior Center
is thriving and growing, housing services and activities that
were not possible in the old building.
In 2008 the Board foresaw the coming economic crisis and
charged the administration with developing a plan that would
enable the Township to continue to deliver top-quality
services in the face of drastically falling revenues. Dave led
his administration in the development of a five-year strategic
plan which has resulted in some restoration of Township
revenue plus major cuts in health care, legacy costs and other
employee-related expenses. (The Strategic Plan is detailed on
the Township’s website and reviewed and updated quarterly.)
In spite of the economic difficulties the entire state is
experiencing, the Township’s sound financial status has
remained stable. In April, 2011, Standard & Poor’s upgraded
the Township’s bond rating to AAA, the highest rating a
municipality – or even a private corporation – can achieve.
Bloomfield Township is one of just five municipalities in the
State of Michigan to have achieved this rating.
Dave has long pushed for the consolidation of services between
Bloomfield Township and several neighboring communities. At
this time, the most viable option is the consolidation of
dispatch services with the City of Birmingham. Serious talks
Dave is 60 years old and has been married to his wife Debbie
for 40 years. They have two children and three grandchildren.
Their daughter, Michelle, is a teacher in the Detroit Public
Schools and is married to Greg Bushey. They have two sons and
a daughter. Dave and Debbie’s son, Jeff, is in the hospitality
business in Georgia.
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