Hackel Sworn In As Macomb County Exec

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Photo by WWJ's Beth Fisher

Photo by WWJ’s Beth Fisher

Macomb County’s first executive, Mark Hackel, has been sworn in to office.  At a ceremony in front of the Macomb County Courthouse along Main Street in Mt. Clemens, Hackel took the oath of office from County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh. 

Voters approved an executive-style of government two years ago.  Hackel was elected in November.  He spent ten years as Sheriff.   

WWJ’s Beth Fisher reports Hackel got choked up a little bit as he thanked his father, William, for being a good father while he and his two brothers were growing up.  Mark Hackel was elected Sheriff shortly after his father was convicted of raping a woman. 

Speaking with WWJ Thursday, Hackel said assembling a staff and the 2012 budget are his top priorities, but he also has a “wish list.”

“Trying to promote this county whether it’s Lake St. Clair, whether it’s the waterways, tourism, economic development issues…can we get a regional airport, a four year university,” Hackel said adding he wants to “change the face and look people have” of the county.

Following Hackel’s swearing-in, new Sheriff Anthony Wickersham took his oath.  Wickersham becomes the county’s 46th Sheriff.

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