Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson recently appointed Kathleen Forzley to be Oakland County’s next director of the department of health and human services. In her new role, Forzley will oversee the county’s health division, homeland security division, and children’s village. She will replace George Miller, who retires April 28.
“Kathy Forzley will do an outstanding job as the director of the health and human services department,” says Patterson. “Her leadership overseeing more than 40 public health programs as the county’s health officer has not only garnered many national and statewide awards but also has bolstered Oakland County’s reputation for excellence in public health.”
Forzley has worked to address complex health issues through numerous collaborative efforts, including the creation of Oakland County’s health improvement initiative known as Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland. She has also served in leadership roles for health initiatives on a regional and statewide level and is the current president of the Michigan Association of Local Public Health.
“I’m grateful Brooks has confidence in my experience to take the reins of his largest department,” says Forzley. I’m looking forward to the opportunities that come with the additional responsibilities.”
Forzley also served as the administrator for Oakland County environmental health services from 2003 to 2008. Prior to that, she was an environmental health services supervisor from 2001 to 2003. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both biology and environmental health and a master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University.