For the first time in eight years, the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) has a new road commissioner: Andrea LaLonde of Clawson.
LaLonde is an employee of the Operating Engineers 324 of Michigan where she has worked for 11 years. She participated in her first RCOC Board meeting Jan. 10.
Also at the Jan. 10 meeting, the RCOC Board elected Greg Jamian as the chairman. Jamian is a 10-year veteran of the Board. Ron Fowkes is the third member of the three-person Board and was elected vice chairman.
“I’m really excited to be here,” LaLonde said of the Road Commisison. “Being on the RCOC Board is an amazing opportunity to serve the residents of Oakland County. I look forward to learning from my fellow road commissioners and the RCOC staff.”
RCOC Board members are appointed by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners and serve for six-year terms. LaLonde was officially appointed by the county board Wednesday, Jan. 9. She replaces Eric Wilson, who retired from the RCOC Board in December after 12 years of service.
The first woman to ever serve on the RCOC Board, LaLonde is a graduate of Kalamazoo College. She is the daughter of Timothy LaLonde, a 22-year member of the St. Clair County Road Commission and grew up in Fort Gratiot Township in St. Clair County.
Prior to working at the Operating Engineers, LaLonde worked for Midwest Steel in Detroit for eight years.
Jamian, a resident of Bloomfield Township, has served on the Board since 2009. He is a former Oakland County commissioner and previously served on the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees.
For more than 30 years, Jamian has been president and CEO of an integrated health-services corporation in Troy. He is a graduate of Oakland University with a BA in economics. He has served on numerous boards over the years, including the School of Business Administration at Oakland University, the School of Nursing at Oakland University, the Manoogian Manor Home for the Aged, the Traffic Improvement Association, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Oakland Family Services and the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.
His philanthropic initiatives include numerous community fundraising efforts, and he continues to support hospitals, schools, churches and the arts, with the mission of making his community a better place to live. Jamian previously served as the RCOC chairman in 2013 and 2014.
“I am pleased and honored to again serve as the chairman of the Road Commission,” Jamian said. “In this role, I am committed to ensuring the agency continues to provide the safest and most efficient road system possible in the most economic manner possible.”
Jamian has also been a strong advocate for RCOC’s involvement in transportation technology. “Among local road agencies,” Jamian said, “we are a national leader in terms of ‘smart’ roads and connected vehicles. My goal is that we not only meet the demands of today, but that we also are positioned to meet the demands of the future.”
Fowkes will also continue his role as the RCOC representative on the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission. A resident of the Village of Milford, Fowkes has been a member of the RCOC Board since 2011.
RCOC maintains the largest county road system in the state, with more than 2,700 miles of roads. It is a national leader in both road safety and the application of advanced technology to road and traffic management. For more information about RCOC, visit the RCOC Website at www.rcocweb.org.