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Paul McDonald

Finance Division Director

Paul McDonald serves as Finance Division director for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), overseeing all financial aspects of the department, from budget development to year-end closing.

As the division’s chief financial officer and procurement executive, Paul provides administrative direction and coordination for services related to accounting, budget, procurement, federal aid, travel, and security. The Finance Division also oversees the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority (MUSTA) and the Water Infrastructure Financing Section (WIFS).

MUSTA ensures tank owners and operators can meet federal financial requirements required to operate in Michigan and provides a funding mechanism to address environmental issues. WIFS provides financing and funding mechanisms to help communities meet drinking water, storm, and sewer infrastructure needs.

Paul has served in a wide variety of finance roles for the State of Michigan since 1998, including his current role since 2015. Paul started his career in the Office of Financial Management, where he was responsible for creating the State of Michigan’s financial statements as well as the first financial transparency portal. Before joining EGLE, he served as the chief accountant for the Department of Health and Human Services, responsible for more than $15 billion in revenue and expenditures.

A graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in accounting, Paul also has an associate degree in computer security and controls from Lansing Community College.

Paul lives in DeWitt, is an avid MSU fan, and is active in the community’s civic organizations and as a youth sports coach.