Robert Daddow is a Certified Public Accountant. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration and M.B.A. from Central Michigan University. He Joined Ernst & Young in December 1974 as a staff auditor, eventually making partner, specializing in governmental auditing and consulting. Clients included — Wayne County, City of Ecorse, numerous school districts and dozens of cities, villages and townships.

Since 1993, he has worked for Oakland County. First, as the Director of the Department of Management and Budget and concurrently as the Director of the Department of Information Technology. In 2000, Daddow assumed a newly created position — Assistant Deputy County Executive for Special Projects. He is the group leader for Information Technology/Management & Budget. He is largely involved in major financial initiatives, funding, and technology implementation.

While at Oakland County, Daddow led and/or initiated most of the privatization efforts previously cited in publications for Oakland County over the past 8 years. He has led many special projects including but not limited to a half dozen privatizations, launch of the Community Corrections program, transition of the Community Mental Health program from a shared-service model to full-service, movement from an attended emergency management radio system, and many computer initiatives.

By Robert Daddow

A Perfect Storm: Batten Down the Hatches or Drown (MPR)

Fiscal Storm Clouds Grow Darker, More Ominous

As the last day of Fiscal Year 2009 draws to a close legislators are struggling to enact a new Michigan state budget for FY 2010. This afternoon Gov. Granholm sent out notices of impending layoffs should a deal not be reached. After using one-time using federal “stimulus” money the state still needs around $1.3 billion in program reductions and/or new revenues (higher taxes, more fees) to close the budget gap.Yet even if another midnight deal is reached and state government opens for business as usual tomorrow, the current challenge probably pales in comparison to the fiscal storm on the near horizon. … more

A Perfect Storm: Batten Down the Hatches or Drown

For Immediate Release: May 20, 2009

A Case Where Local is Better than State

"Friend of the Court" is a county government function involved in administering child support payments. A congressional mandate may require this local government function to be centralized at the state level. Is this good policy? … more

Success Stories from Oakland County

County government innovations in Michigan's second-largest county are saving money and improving public services for more than 1.1 million residents. … more

Ecorse: The Fall and Rise of a Michigan City

Ecorse, a Michigan community south of Detroit, gained a national reputation in the late 1980s as a town that took privatization seriously. Over a four-year period, Louis Schimmel, court-appointed receiver, privatized most city services, cut the city's work force more than 60 percent, and eliminated a $6 million budget deficit. Daddow's review of the city's efforts to correct its fiscal problems through spending discipline and privatization is a must-read for every city official who wants to learn lessons from a city that's been to the brink and back. 99 pages. … more

Responding to Municipal Fiscal Crisis: Bottom Line Lessons from Ecorse, Michigan

Ecorse, one of seventeen communities in the Downriver Detroit area, became the first Michigan city to be placed in receivership. Court-appointed Receiver Louis Schimmel turned the city's finances around through aggressive policies of cost cutting and privatization. He privatized the entire Department of Public Works for a minimum annual savings of $400,000. Other cities such as nearby Detroit have much to learn from the Ecorse experience. 13 pages. … more