GeorgeGeorge Phifer, Director

As Director, George Phifer serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority. Prior to his promotion to Director, Mr. Phifer served as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Huron-Clinton Metroparks. As Deputy Director, Phifer was responsible for the overall administration and operation of all 13 Metroparks.

Mr. Phifer began working for the Metroparks in September, 2008 as the Chief of Police. In 2010, he was appointed executive secretary to the Board of Commissioners, serving as a staff officer of the agency while maintaining his responsibilities with the police department as Police Chief.

Phifer worked for the Pontiac Police Department for nearly 20 years, beginning as a police cadet and progressing through the ranks as a youth officer, detective, sergeant, detective sergeant, lieutenant, and captain-division commander. He retired from the department as a police captain in 2004. He went on to work as the chief of security for the Pontiac School District and as the director of security and safety for six Parkview Health Hospitals located throughout Indiana.

Phifer attended a course at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School for Executive Education for which he was awarded a certification of completion from the Driving Government Performance Program. He earned a Master of Science degree from Eastern Michigan University, a Bachelor of Business Leadership degree from Baker College, and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice from Oakland Community College. He is also a graduate of the Eastern Michigan University Police School of Staff and Command.

Director Phifer is a member of the National Recreation and Park Association, the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association, the International Association Chiefs of Police, and the Michigan Association Chiefs of Police.

Michelle Cole, Chief Financial Officer

Michelle Cole, Chief Financial Officer is a graduate of Michigan State University and a Certified Public Accountant. She has been serving the public sector for 20 years.

Prior to joining the Metroparks, she worked as a consultant specializing in change management, reviewing accounting systems for operational improvements, assistance with control measures, oversight implementation and training. Prior to her consulting work, she served as Chief Financial Officer for Genesee County Drain Commission in Flint, responsible for a $100 million financial operation and all Information Technology services.

David Kirbach, Deputy Director

David Kirbach, Deputy Director is a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Turfgrass Management, the NCSU Parks and Recreation Maintenance Management School and the Michigan Public Service Institute Leadership program. He has worked as Golf Course Superintendent, Maintenance Supervisor and District Maintenance Supervisor as well as Western District Park Superintendent.

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