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.
  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.