David Coulter
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David Coulter

County Executive, Oakland County

David Coulter is the third County Executive for Oakland County, Michigan. He previously served as Mayor of Ferndale from 2011 to 2019. During his tenure, Ferndale improved its credit rating twice, lowered city taxes, reduced the industrial vacancy rate, and invested in roads, parks, and parking accessibility in the city’s thriving downtown.

Before Coulter was elected mayor, he represented Southeast Oakland County on the Board of Commissioners from 2002 to 2010 and was a member of the finance committee which oversaw Oakland County’s balanced three-year budget and started an innovative program that provided health insurance to more than 5,000 residents.

Coulter also served as the Director of External Relations for the Children’s Foundation of Michigan. He focused on public policy and local efforts to improve the health of children and families through the Detroit Region and Michigan.

Coulter earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and an Executive Education Certificate from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.