Three Appointed to Board of Directors of Oakland County Land Bank – The Oakland Press

Three county residents were appointed to the newly formed Oakland County Land Bank Authority from a pool of 15 applicants.

The purpose of a land bank is to acquire property titles, typically through the tax enforcement process, and sell the property to the owners in order to put the properties back on the tax list.

District 5, D-Waterford Commissioner Kristen Nelson chairs the Legislative Affairs and Government Operations Committee, which interviewed leading candidates for three positions. One must be from a city and had three applicants, another represented parishes and villages that had only one applicant, and the third, for a resident, had 11 applicants.

Committee members recommended the appointments of Pontiac resident and city vice mayor Khalfani Stevens, Beverly Hills Village manager Jeffrey Campbell, and member of the general public Martin Manna, president of the Farmington Hills-based Chaldean-American Chamber of Commerce.

The commission approved the appointments by a vote of 14 to 6, with many Republicans opposing the establishment of the land bank.

“I will vote no on the appointments because I voted no on the Land Bank,” said Mike Gingell, Commissioner of District 1, R-Lake Orion and leader of the commission’s minority group. “Just my personal opinion is that we don’t need a land bank. It’s just not appropriate for Oakland County.”

All new Board members’ terms began as soon as the Commission approved their appointments, but will expire on different dates, with Stephens’ term ending on August 17, 2024; Campbell and Manna ends August 17, 2023.

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