MDOS Chief of Staff Senyko to leave for private sector

Special AnnouncementNOVEMBER 14, 2018

Dept. Services Director Rose Jarois to serve as next chief of staff

Michigan Department of State chief of staff Mike Senyko will leave at the end of the month to take a position as executive director of Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C., one of Michigan’s longest-established, full-service law firms.

Rose Jarois, the director of the Department Services Administration, will serve as chief of staff through the end of the year. Jarois has worked for the department since 1978 in various roles, primarily the last 25 years with the focus on integration of business needs with technology. In the role as director, she is a member of the executive oversight committee of legacy modernization projects within the Department. Along with project oversight, she oversees human resources, facilities, finance and budget, as well as security.

Senyko has been chief of staff for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson since she took office in 2011 and has led more than 1,500 employees, helping Johnson accomplish her successful agenda of customer service, election integrity and consumer protection. Under Senyko’s leadership, the department has upgraded the state’s voter file system, procured the funding for new statewide cyber secure voting machines for each community, started voter post-election audits, risk limiting audits and cleaned up the voter files. Also, Michigan Secretary of State offices were named best in the nation for registering eligible people to vote.

Under Senyko’s leadership the new computer modernization system, called the Customer and Automotive Records System (CARS) project, to upgrade and expedite services at all 131 Secretary of State offices was initiated and is scheduled to be operational February 2019. During Senyko’s tenure customer service was expanded significantly by the department, including, online services at, the MI-TIME Line service for appointments or to get in-line electronically and expanded Self-Service Stations for convenient license plate tab renewals to nearly 100.

“Mike is greatly respected by our team and has done a tremendous job for this department,” Johnson said. “His leadership and executive skills have been key to the many gains we have made for the people of Michigan in the Secretary of State’s Office: improved technology to better serve our customers, including a modernized computer system, CARS, to provide more efficient and faster services at our branches; a more secure elections system; stronger efforts to fight fraud and protect consumers and more than doubling the number of residents willing to help save lives through organ donation.”

Prior to coming to the Department of State, Senyko served as deputy county clerk/register of deeds for Oakland County and as city manager for the city of Fenton. He previously owned a municipal management consulting firm specializing in public sector administration. Senyko earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University and master’s degree in public administration from Oakland University.


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