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 RCOC Officials

The Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC) is governed by a three-member Board, appointed by the County Board of Commissioners for six-year terms. One member is appointed every two years.

Although the Board is appointed by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, the Road Commission is seperate from county general government. The Board establishes RCOC policies, administers its own budget and hires the managing director.

It is also responsible for:

  • The maintenance of the county road system
  • Construction of new county roads
  • Improvement of existing county roads

To learn more about the RCOC Board of Road Commissioners members or RCOC's top administrators, click on the portraits below.

Full Name
Job Title
Ron FowkesChairman
Commissioner Fowkes was appointed to the RCOC Board in January 2011. The owner of Sealtite Company is a former Milford Village councilman and Council president.
He is a former member of the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce Board, a member of the Oakland County Food Service Appeals Board and a former member of the Michigan Municipal League’s Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
As a Milford Village Council member, Commissioner Fowkes served for three years on the steering committee for the Road Commission’s West Oakland Corridor Study that reviewed traffic patterns and issues in western Oakland County in 2000 through 2002. Commissioner Fowkes also served on the Milford Parks and Recreation Commission and the Milford Village Tree Board.
He is a graduate of Schoolcraft College.
PhotoEric. S. WilsonVice Chairman

Chairman Wilson was appointed to the RCOC Board in January 2007 and reappointed in January 2013. He is no newcomer to public service, though.

Prior to joining the RCOC Board, Commissioner Wilson served two terms (four years) on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. Prior to that, he served as an Orion Township trustee for nine years and was a member of the township's Zoning Board of Appeals for 10 years.

He is an attorney in private practice and is active in many civic groups in the Orion community.

Gregory C. JamianCommissioner
Commissioner Gregory C. Jamian was appointed to the RCOC Board on Feb. 5, 2009.
Prior to his appointment to the RCOC Board, Commissioner Jamian spent four years on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners (2002 through 2006); was elected to the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees;and served as a board member of the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission.
Commissioner Jamian is a member of the Board of Directors of the Traffic Improvement Association, is vice president of the Board of the Manoogian Manor (Home for the Aged) and serves on the Board of the School of Nursing at Oakland University. He is a 17-year member of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and was a four-year member of the Birmingham/Bloomfield and West Bloomfield chambers of commerce.

Commissioner Jamian has served on numerous other boards including: the Board of the School of Business Administration at Oakland University, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), Oakland Family Services and the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.
Commissioner Jamian's philanthropic initiatives include numerous community fund-raising efforts. He continues to support hospitals, schools, churches and the arts, with the mission of making his community a better place to live.
Commissioner Jamian is a graduate of Oakland University with a BA in economics. For more than 30 years he has been employed as president and CEO of an integrated health services corporation in Troy Michigan.
He and his wife of 37 years, Sandra Jamian, have three daughters.
Dennis G. Kolar, PEManaging Director

Dennis Kolar has 32-plus years of experience in the road business, including more than 26 years with the Road Commission for Oakland County.

He was appointed managing director effective Jan. 2, 2012, by the Board of Road Commissioners.

Previously, he served as deputy managing director/county highway engineer since 2005 after having held a variety of other executive-level positions with the agency.

Prior to joining RCOC, Kolar worked for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

He is a registered professional engineer and a graduate of Lawrence Technological University.

Kolar's prior positions within RCOC include:

  • Deputy Managing Director/County Highway Engineer
  • Highway Maintenance Director
  • Central Operations Director
  • Maintenance Operations Engineer
  • Design Engineer

Kolar is President of the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM), a member of the Board of Directors of the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan and member of the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan. He is a member of the American Public Works Association and the Transportation Research Board, where he served eight years on the Maintenance and Operations Management Committee.

Gary Piotrowicz, PE, PTOEDeputy Managing Director/County Highway Engineer
Deputy Managing Director/County Highway Engineer Gary Piotrowicz is a licensed Profesional Engineer (PE) and Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE). He has been with the Road Commission since 1997 and held a variety of positions before being promoted to Deputy Managing Director/County Highway Engineer in January 2012. Among the positions he previously held, are: Director of Traffic-Safety, Traffic Signal Engineer, FAST-TRAC Planner and FAST-TRAC Project Manager. Prior to working for the Road Commission, Piotrowicz spent nearly three years at the Federal Highway Administration as a traffic operations engineer. He also spent a year with the National Engineering Technology firm as a traffic systems engineer.
Piotrowicz is widely recognized as a leading expert in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS -- trafffic-related technology) and serves on a variety of state and national committees related to this area. He has participated in the Federal Highway Administration's Peer-to-Peer Program (assisting other public agencies across the country), has participated in numerous Transportation Research Board (TRB) research panel teams, is the co-chaire of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Connected-Vehicle Task Force and previously served on the Transportation Research Board's Signal Systems Subcommittee.
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