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Tim McGuire Steps Down as MAC Executive Director; Stephan Currie Succeeds

November 6, 2016       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

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Timothy K. McGuire
 
Hugh Crawford, left, Vaughn Begick, new MAC directors

Timothy K. McGuire, a fixture in county and state circles for four decades, after following in the footsteps of his father, native Bay Cityan A. Barry McGuire.

McGuire will resign as executive director of the Michigan Association of Counties effective Dec. 31 and move to an expanded role as administrator for the Michigan Counties Workers' Compensation Fund.

"It's been an amazing run leading this fine organization," McGuire said. "Few people get the privilege of working with so many committed public servants to make Michigan a better place to live. I long ago lost count of the number of county board meetings I've attended, the number of steps I have climbed outside courthouses. This was a good time for me to move to the next chapter and what better place than the workers' compensation fund I helped start back in 1979."

McGuire began at MAC in 1978 as a legal intern, served as general counsel from 1982 to 1993 and became executive director on Nov. 4, 1994.

"Tim's decision marks the end of an era at MAC," said Board President Shelley Taub of Oakland County. "MAC's success, its stability, and influence are the results of Tim's long commitment to our members. Now, with him able to focus exclusively on our workers' compensation fund, I expect the recent positive trends there to shift into overdrive."

Stephan W. Currie, deputy director at MAC since 2011, will become executive director in January, MAC's Board of Directors decided at a recent meeting.

Currie has been leading MAC's daily operations for five years, plus has spurred new initiatives such as CoPro+, a collaborative purchasing program for public entities. He 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.

Currie becomes the fourth executive director of MAC since Michigan shifted to a county commissioner form of county government in 1968, following A. Barry McGuire (Tim's father), James N. Callahan and Tim McGuire.

"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," Taub said. "The Board is excited to work with Steve as he builds on the foundation created by Tim."

Vaughn Begick of Bay County (right) and Hugh Crawford of Oakland County (left) were elected to the MAC Board of Directors during elections held Sept. 17 at the 2016 Annual Conference.

Begick was elected to serve a three-year term for MAC's Region 6, which covers the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Cheboygan, Crawford, Gladwin, Gratiot, Iosco, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, and Saginaw. He replaces Shelly Pinkelman of Crawford County, who was term-limited.

Crawford was elected as an at-large member of the board. He replaces fellow Oakland Commissioner Michael Spisz, who chose not to seek a second term on the MAC board.

Also on Sept. 17, board members Robert Showers of Clinton County and Matthew Bierlein of Tuscola County were elected to second terms.

For more information on the Michigan Association of Counties, visit www.micounties.org.

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Dave Rogers is a former editorial writer for the Bay City Times and a widely read,
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