Clinton Township Supervisor Robert J. Cannon
Clinton Township Supervisor Robert J. Cannon has helped transform this community of more than 100,000 residents into a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) recently announced that the township is now the sixth largest community in southeast Michigan and remains by far the most populous township in the state of Michigan.
In his 4th four-year term as Clinton Township Supervisor, Supervisor Cannon oversees a community with an $82 million annual budget and more than 330 employees. Prior to being elected supervisor in November of 2000, he served as a township Trustee for 16 years.
Supervisor Cannon has been in the forefront of advocating fiscal responsibility in the day-to-day operation of the township. Larry Merrill, Executive Director of the Michigan Townships Association (MTA) credits Supervisor Cannon’s leadership as the principal reason the township has maintained a high level of economic vitality and an exceptional quality of life, amenities and services.
Supervisor Cannon grew up in St Clair Shores, Michigan. He attended St. Gertrude Elementary and was a four-sport letterman at Lakeview High School where he graduated in 1967. Mr. Cannon received his undergraduate degree, masters in Business Administration (MBA) and specialist degrees from Wayne State University, and played varsity baseball there as well. Supervisor Cannon was employed in private industry, has worked as a business consultant, and in 2000, retired from the Utica Community School District following a 25-year career as an educator.
Supervisor Cannon is a past Chairperson of SEMCOG which represents 233 member communities in Southeast Michigan. He also is SEMCOG’s representative in the National Council of Governments. SEMCOG is the region’s foremost expert in demographic projections and statistical community analysis. SEMCOG leads regional sustainable planning initiatives and sponsors Fair Housing Seminars. Here are just a few of Supervisor Cannon’s accomplishments:
Care and Development Opportunities for all Age Groups–During his tenure Clinton Township has embraced programs and services that target all age groups. He has consistently stressed that a community is “best judged by how well it treats not only its young but also its senior citizens.” That motto has served as the foundation for decisions regarding community services, funding, and support facilities. The township offers its residents a variety of recreational opportunities for young people hosted by its Parks and Recreation Department. Additional programs are available to the more than 8,000 members of its 15,000 sq. ft. Senior Adult Life Center.
Senior citizens are also served by the township’s Heritage Estates Senior housing complex as well as a number of privately owned senior housing centers. Supervisor Cannon is a staunch advocate for these facilities. He believes every community in southeast Michigan has the responsibility to provide programs and services to care for all age groups in our community.
Emphasis on a Welcoming Social Spirit—Clinton Township has become the first “Welcoming Township” in the nation under the state’s Welcoming Michigan initiative supported by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. The initiative is part of Macomb County’s “One Macomb” program established by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel that seeks to ensure that all residents of the county, no matter what their background or ethnicity, feel a welcome part of the community.
Business Development—Ongoing business development has been crucial to the township’s growth. 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.
A pair of major shopping districts serves the community. The M-3 Gratiot Avenue is home to more than 250 businesses that are members of the Gratiot Downtown Development Authority (DDA) that was championed by Supervisor Cannon. The corridor is now the fastest growing business district in Clinton Township. The M-59 Hall Road corridor is home to the Mall at Partridge Creek with its 90 stores and restaurants.
Parks, Trails and Safety Paths Connect Residents—Expanding community amenities such as parks, walking trails and recreational opportunities have been instrumental in attracting new residents to Clinton Township. Supervisor Cannon has stressed a balanced approach to residential and commercial development and its increasing reputation as “A Community of Parks.” The Tomlinson Arboretum and George George Memorial Park are the township’s newest addition to more than 300 acres of open spaces, 9 other parks and more than 14 miles of walking trails.
The 34-acre arboretum adjacent to the township’s Civic Center recently received the Keep Michigan Beautiful Award while George George Memorial Park is now a favored regional attraction with children’s playscapes, a picnic gazebo, fountains and paved walking trails.
Special Events Highlight Family Values–Supervisor Cannon has spearheaded a number of community events and programs that stress family values. More than 20 years ago Supervisor Cannon helped initiate the township’s Sister Cities Program with Yasu, Japan. Delegations from each city continue to visit each other in alternate years. Other community events he has supported include the annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise that attracts more than 140,000 classic car aficionados. The Festival of the Senses art fair features 125 Michigan-based artists over a two-day period on the grounds of the township Civic Center. An annual Fireworks display also on the township grounds is held following the Fourth of July.
Patriotism is Strong in Clinton Township—Supervisor Cannon emphasizes a strong sense of patriotic celebration in the township. A growing American flag presence along the Gratiot business corridor is co-sponsored by the Clinton Valley Kiwanis Club and the Gratiot DDA. The community’s annual commemoration of Patriot Day and the 9-11 terrorist attack on the United States is a reminder to all of us for the need to be vigilant everywhere. The township also helps sponsor along with Resurrection Cemetery annual Veterans Day and Memorial Day commemorations as well as the Wreaths Across America Ceremony that honors fallen veterans.
Supervisor Cannon was honored by the Macomb County Ministerial Alliance as the 1st Year Recipient of the “McMA Inclusion Award”, recognizing his outstanding commitment to the principal of inclusion in all aspects of the communities within Macomb County.
He was equally honored to receive the “Community Leadership Award” given by Housing Opportunities for Macomb, Inc., an organization which promotes empowering home ownership and revitalizing neighborhoods.
Supervisor Cannon also serves as a member of:
- Board of Trustees Member, McLaren Regional Medical Center-Macomb (formerly Mt. Clemens Regional Medical Center)
- Board of Directors, National Association of Regional Councils (NARC)
- 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 (MCAAB)
- Helped spearhead the formation of the Clinton and Macomb District Library
- Chairperson of the Macomb Area Communities for Regional Opportunities (MACRO) where he stressed balanced budgets and strong fiscal responsibility in community governance
- Active community member in the Mount Clemens Rotary, the Clinton Township Area Optimist Club, the Clinton Township Goodfellows, the Selfridge Air National Guard Base Community Council, and the St. Thecla Parish.
Clinton Township Civic Center 40700 Romeo Plank Road Clinton Township, MI 48038