Biography

Clinton Township Supervisor, Robert J. Cannon

Dedicated to Clinton Township
Supervisor Robert J. Cannon has helped transform the Charter Township of Clinton into a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Currently, in his fifth term as township supervisor, Cannon oversees a community of more than 100,000 residents, with an $82 million annual budget and more than 330 employees. Prior to being elected supervisor in 2000, he served as a township trustee for 16 years.

Always in Macomb County
Robert Cannon grew up in St Clair Shores, Michigan, where he attended St. Gertrude Elementary School and Lakeview High School. He received his undergraduate degree, Masters in Business Administration, and specialist degrees from Wayne State University. Prior to his time as township supervisor, Mr. Cannon was employed in the private industry, working as a business consultant. In 2000, he retired from the Utica Community School District following a 25-year career as an educator.

Accomplishments
During his time with Clinton Township, Supervisor Cannon has embraced care and development opportunities for all age groups, as well as programs and services that benefit all residents. He believes, “a community is best judged by how well it treats not only its young but also its senior citizens.”

Emphasis on a welcoming social spirit
Under Supervisor Cannon’s leadership, Clinton Township became the first Welcoming Township in the nation, under the state’s Welcoming Michigan initiative. The initiative is part of Macomb County’s One Macomb program, seeks to ensure that all residents of the county, no matter their background or ethnicity, are a welcome member of the community.

Business development

Ongoing business development has been crucial to the growth of Clinton Township. In 2015, the township reported more than $48 million in planned investments at expanding businesses, as well as the creation of more than 400 new jobs.

Parks, trails and safety paths connect residents

Supervisor Cannon has stressed a balanced approach to residential and commercial development and is focused on building the township’s reputation as a community of parks. All-in-all, Clinton Township offers residents more than 300 acres of open spaces and more than 14 miles of walking trails.

Special events focusing on family values

Supervisor Cannon has led the effort to develop a number of family-friendly events and programs. He’s been a long-time supporter the annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise and the Festival of the Senses art fair.

Patriotism and inclusion are strong in Clinton Township

Supervisor Cannon has worked alongside Resurrection Cemetery to hold annual Patriot Day, Veterans Day and Memorial Day remembrances, as well as the Wreaths Across America Ceremony. The Macomb County Ministerial Alliance honored him as the first recipient of the MCMA Inclusion Award, recognizing his commitment to the principal of inclusion for all people in the county.

Memberships

• Past chair of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG)
• Board of Trustees Member, McLaren Macomb Hospital
• Board of Directors, National Association of Regional Councils
• Board of Directors, Medstar Ambulance Company
• Board of Directors, Traffic Safety Association of Macomb
• Board of Directors, Mount Clemens Rotary
• Co-Chair, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition Transit Task Force
• Macomb Community Action Advisory Board

Supervisor Cannon helped in the formation of the Clinton and Macomb District Library. He is chairman of the Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities and is an active member in the Clinton Township Area Optimist Club, Clinton Township Goodfellows, Selfridge Air National Guard Base Community Council, and St. Thecla Parish.

Recent Awards
• American Society for Public Administration, Elected Official of the Year, 2018
• National Association of Regional Councils leadership award, 2017
• Ted Wahby Elected Official of the Year, 2016

Contact Information
Robert J. Cannon, Supervisor
Clinton Township Civic Center
40700 Romeo Plank Road
Clinton Township, MI 48038
586-723-8092
r.cannon@clintontownship-mi.gov

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