The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) Board of Road Commissioners, at its regular meeting today, Thursday, Jan. 6, voted to re-appoint Andrea LaLonde as Board chair and Nancy Quarles as vice chair for additional one-year terms for 2022.
“I am honored to continue to serve the residents of Oakland County in this capacity,” LaLonde stated. “I am proud of all the work the Road Commission accomplished in the last year, and I look forward to continuing that forward progress in 2022.”
Quarles, in her second year on the Board, also expressed her desire to continue to work to improve the county’s roads. “This past year, my first year on the RCOC Board, this agency made great progress in improving the roads in Oakland County,” she stated. “We are absolutely committed to keeping that momentum going for the coming year.”
The third member of the Board is Commissioner Ron Fowkes. The three road commissioners are appointed for staggered six-year terms by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.
However, RCOC is a separate unit of government and is not funded by the County Board. Rather, RCOC receives the bulk of its funding from the state in the form of fuel-tax and vehicle-registration-fee revenues.
Chair LaLonde is a resident of Clawson. She is an employee of the Operating Engineers Local 324 of Michigan, where she has worked for 14 years, and is a graduate of Kalamazoo College. She joined the RCOC Board in January 2019.
Quarles has a PhD in public administration and public affairs from Western Michigan University. She served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1996 to 2002 and on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners from 1995 to 1996 and again from 2011 to 2020. She is a resident of Novi.
Commissioner Fowkes has served on the RCOC Board since 2011. A resident of the Village of Milford, he has frequently advocated for better roads and highways in Oakland County and served on the Milford Village Council from 1999 through 2006, including serving as its president in 2003.
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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.
Editor’s Note: Photos of Chair LaLonde, Vice Chair Quarles and Commissioner Fowkes are attached.