Meet the Candidates: Jackie Beach

During the countdown to the Nov. 6 local election, Patch is bringing you profiles of the candidates running for office in Orchard Lake Village.

Jackie Beach

Education and professional background

I am a native of Detroit. Graduated from Cass Technical High School, attended Wayne State University and graduated from Oakland University with a Bachelors Degree in General Studies with concentrations in Labor Relations and Psychology. 

I have worked as the Chief Financial Officer and Human Resources Manager in a family business for 39 years. The business was sold in 2008. Since that time, I have served on the Planning Commission and City Council.

How long have you lived in town and where? Do you live with family?

My husband and I moved from Bloomfield Township to Orchard Lake in 1990. We bought a property near Upper Straits Lake and did a "build over." We have two daughters who are married and live in New York and West Bloomfield. We have four grandchildren.

Explain why you're running for city council

I am a candidate for re-election to the Orchard Lake City Council because I want to continue the work that my colleagues and I have done in making sure that our community is financially strong in the face of declining property values. My business experience has helped in the decisions that have had to be made in terms of Personnel and budgeting. We replaced our long serving City Clerk and Police Chief during my term. Also, because the Council also sits as the Zoning Board of Appeals, my experience as a five-year member of the Planning Commission makes me uniquely qualified to judge whether a request should be granted.

Could you share key points of your platform and any changes you'd like to make to accomplish your platform?

The biggest issue facing the city of Orchard Lake Village is how to maintain the high standards of service our residents have enjoyed and expect at a time when tax revenues have fallen. We have an exceptional staff that provides a high quality service and I want to make sure that continues.


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