About Dan O'Leary

Township Role


Dan O'Leary chaired the 7 member Washington Township Board of Trustees from his election in November 2008 through November 2020.  His day to day responsibilities included management of the following departments and duties:

  • Fire and Ambulance
  • Water and Sewer
  • Assessing
  • Planning and Zoning
  • Ordinance Enforcement
  • Building Inspection
  • Law Enforcement (through a contract with the Macomb Sheriff)
  • Waste Hauling (through a contract with Allied Waste)
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Strategy, Forecasting and Financial Direction
  • Spokesman



SEMCOG Participation


Dan was actively involved in the Southeastern Michigan Council of Governments which is an organization that seeks regional cooperation and planning and sets policy on distribution of funds that impact the quality of our lives.  In addition to being the township representative on SEMCOG's General Assembly responsible for protecting township interests on the body, he participated as follows:


  • Former SEMCOG board member
  • Former Member of the Executive Committee representing Townships
  • Former Chair of the Transportation Advisory Council 
  • Former member of the Regional Clearinghouse Review Committee
  • Former Member of the Infrastructure Task Force
  • Former Member of the Member Task Force.
  • Recipient of the Regional Ambassador Award



Political Involvement


Elected precinct delegate every time since 2010; participated in 3 State conventions

Past Member of the Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County

Former member of the Macomb County GOP Executive Committee

Dedicated supporter of Pro-life organizations.

Demonstrated ability to work together with both sides of the aisle.


Career History


Graduated from Wayne State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Sciences in Business Administration (Accounting concentration).


Earned his Certified Public Accountant status with Arthur Andersen.


Served DTE Energy and its subsidiaries and predecessors from 1990 until taking office in 2008 in various roles, including:

  • Director of Midstream Marketing (Michigan Consolidated Gas)
  • Director of Revenue Loss Prevention Operations (DTE)
  • Quality Director (Michigan Consolidated Gas)
  • Controller (Michigan Consolidated Gas)
  • Manager of Corporate Development (DTE)
  • Director of Accounting (MCN Energy)
  • Finance Director (MCNIC Oil and Gas)
  • Director of Energy Holdings (DTE)

Mr. O'Leary has substantial experience in personnel management, budgeting and forecasting, strategic planning, litigation, asset management, dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and collective bargaining.


Mr. O'Leary also is the co-owner and co-founder of a successful business and owner of 3 patents.


Other Community Involvement


Volunteer for the Washington Goodfellows

Volunteer for the St Baldrick's Foundation

Past President of North Macomb Association for Planned Growth

Former Treasurer - Carriage Hills Homeowners Association

Former board member - Miss Dig, Inc.

Past Peach Festival judge

Art and Orchard organizing committee

Assisted Stan Babinski in bringing the Boys and Girls Club to Washington





Dan O'Leary was born in Brooklyn, New York where he lived until 1978.  Dan is married to Amy and is the loving father of four sons - Shane, Casey, Sullivan and Blake.  He worships at Heritage Church.