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LARA Executive Team

   
  Mike Zimmer, Chief Deputy Director Mike Zimmer, Director
Mike Zimmer is the Director for the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. As Director, Zimmer oversees the administrative operations of LARA as well as assigned oversight of the Office of Reinventing Performance in Michigan and the Michigan Public Service Commission.  In addition, he is the Director of the Office of Good Government. Zimmer previously served as deputy director of the State Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules. He also served as director of the Bureau of Hearings in the former Department of Consumer and Industry Services; as the Director of the Office of Regulatory Reform under former Governor John Engler; and worked for the Senate Majority Floor Leader. Zimmer earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and his juris doctor from George Washington University.
   
  Kevin Elsenheimer, LARA Deputy Director Kevin Elsenheimer, Chief Deputy Director
Kevin Elsenheimer is LARA’s Chief Deputy Director and Director of the Workers' Compensation Agency. As Chief Deputy Director, Elsenheimer oversees the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs, the Office of Regulatory Reinvention, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, the Michigan Administrative Hearing System, and FOIA.  Prior to serving in the Snyder administration, he served as Minority Leader in the Michigan House of Representatives, and retired in 2010 as State Representative for the 105th District as a result of term limits. Elsenheimer served as a school board trustee for five years prior to coming to the legislature. An attorney, Kevin is a former assistant prosecutor and owner of a law firm which represents municipalities throughout the state of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University and Northwestern Michigan College, receiving his juris doctor from Wayne State University Law School.
   
  Shelly Edgerton, Deputy Director Shelly Edgerton, Deputy Director
Shelly Edgerton is a LARA Deputy Director and the department’s Chief Data Systems Officer, with responsibility for Licensing and Regulation as well as serving as LARA’s primary executive level liaison with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget.  She is charged with oversight of the Bureau of Construction Codes, the Bureau of Employment Relations, the Bureau of Health Care Services, and Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing. Prior to joining LARA, Edgerton dedicated 27 years of service to the state Legislature where she served most recently in the capacity of Deputy Senate Majority Counsel in the Senate Majority Policy Office. She also previously held titles of Assistant Senate Majority Counsel and Chief of Staff for Senator Dave Honigman. Edgerton earned her bachelor's degree and a Master of Public Administration degree from Western Michigan University. She went on to receive her juris doctor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
   
  Allan Pohl, Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer

Allan Pohl, Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer
Al Pohl is a Deputy Director, LARA’s Chief Financial Officer, and Director of Finance and Administrative Services. As Deputy Director, Pohl oversees Fire Services, the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons, and MIOSHA. Al has worked in state government financial management for more than 40 years.  He began his career in 1974 in the Department of Management and Budget’s Central Accounting Division. In 1985 he began working for the Department of Commerce in the Financial Management Division and in 1993 became the Chief Accountant for the department (now LARA). In 2003 he was appointed as the CFO and Director of Finance and Administrative Services for LARA. He earned a B.A. in business administration from Northwood University and an M.S.A. from Central Michigan University.

   
  Stephanie Comai, Deputy Director  Stephanie Comai, Deputy Director
Stephanie Comai is a LARA Deputy Director with oversight of Employment, Security and Workplace Safety. She is charged with oversight of MIOSHA, the Unemployment Insurance Agency, and the Bureau of Employment Relations. Prior to joining LARA, Comai served as the Director of Revenue and Partnership Enhancement for the Michigan Department of Human Services. She was a member of the Board of Trustees at Central Michigan University from 2003-2010. She also chaired the State Management Issues Committee for Governor Snyder's Transition Office during 2010. Working for Governor John Engler, Comai directed the E-Michigan Office, which developed the Michigan.gov web portal. She held several additional positions in state government in the Engler Administration focusing on enhanced technology use, executive staff recruitment, implementation of policy initiatives, and fiscal efficiencies. Earlier in her career, she worked in Washington, D.C., for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Labor. She has a Master of Public Administration degree from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.