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Board Members & Bios
Eric A. Scorsone, Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Scorsone is serving as Senior Deputy State Treasurer in the Michigan Department of Treasury and oversees the Bureau of Local Government, Bureau of State and Local Bond Finance and Bureau of Higher Education Services. He is on a leave of absence as Associate Professor and Director for the Extension Center for Local Government Finance and Policy at Michigan State University.
Dr. Scorsone has been widely cited on state and local government finance issues in Time, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Reuters, Wall Street Journal, NPR, NY Times, and other media outlets. He is also a co-editor of the recent book entitled “Handbook of Local Government Fiscal Health” from Jones Bartlett released in 2013.
Prior to coming back home to Michigan, he served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. He has also served as an Economist for the Colorado Governor’s Office, as Senior Economist for the City of Aurora, Colorado and Senior Economist for the Michigan Senate in 2010. Dr. Scorsone received a Ph.D. from Colorado State University, M.S. from Michigan State University and B.B.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.
Barry L. Howard, Esq.
Mr. Howard is currently “Of Counsel” to the law firm of Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, P.C., having joined the firm May 2, 2005, specializing in alternative dispute resolution services, litigation, administrative law, land use and government relations. He retired as a judge from the Oakland County, Michigan, Circuit Court bench in April 2001 to return to private practice, and joined the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Coh, LLP, as Of Counsel, where he specialized in the same areas.
Mr. Howard was appointed to the Oakland County Circuit Court in February of 1989. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit School of Law in 1973, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Michigan in 1970, graduating with distinction. Mr. Howard is a member of the American, Michigan and Oakland County Bar Associations, as well as a former member of the Representative Assembly of the State Bar. He served on the Western Michigan University Board of Trustees, in which he also chaired the Finance Committee.
During his tenure in private practice, he engaged in the general practice of law, with particular emphasis in labor and administrative law, and related litigation before various State and Federal administrative agencies and courts. Mr Howard also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for State Attorney General Frank Kelley.
Daryl Delabbio spent 40 years in local government leadership. From September 1998 until his retirement in July 2017, Delabbio served as County Administrator/Controller for Kent County Michigan. From September 1995 to September 1998 he was Assistant County Administrator. Prior to coming to Kent County, Delabbio was City Manager of Rockford, Michigan for 11 years, and held administrative positions with two other Michigan communities from 1977 to 1984. He holds a BA in political science and a Master of Management from Aquinas College, a Master of Public Administration from Wayne State University, and a Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.
Delabbio has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including the International City/County Management Association (Executive Board – Midwest Regional Vice President, 2014-2017), the Michigan Municipal Executives (President 2001) and the Michigan Association of County Administrative Officers (President, 2008-2010). He has been the recipient of a number of national, state, and local awards.
Daryl has been married to Connie since 1977, a retired elementary school teacher in the Rockford (Michigan) Public Schools System. The Delabbio’s live in Grand Rapids and have three daughters and three son-in-laws.