Denise's Biography

Denise Dobkowski Hammond, CGFM- Retired
  • Appointed Treasurer of West Bloomfield Township on May 1, 1988. She was elected in November of 1988, and re-elected in 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2004. She retired from elective office when her term ended on November 20, 2008.
  • Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology  - Wayne State University School of Medicine
  • Master of Business Administration - Finance and Economics - Wayne State University
  • Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society
  • Advanced Government Finance Institute at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
  • Certified Government Financial Manager - Association of Government Accountants
  • Treasury and Investment Management Standing Committee of the Government Finance Officers Association from 2001 to 2007. In 2005 her article on 'Best Practices in Cash Collections' was published in the Government Finance Review.
  • Michigan Committee on Governmental Accounting and Auditing,  2001- 2010 (Michigan Department of Treasury)
  • Legislative Committee of the Michigan Government Finance Officers Association (MGFOA) since 1994, Chair 2001 - 2010
  • MGFOA Fiscal Stress Committee Chair 2010 - 2011
  • Legislative experience: 
1.      1996 revision of the Public Investment Act (P.A. 20), chair of the MGFOA Legislative sub-committee;
2.      Revised Uniform Budgeting and Accounting Act (P.A. 2);
3.      Municipal Finance Act (P.A. 34 of 2001);
4.      Co-chaired committee to write a new act for pre-funding retiree health care benefits (P.A. 149 of 1999)
5.      Drafted a bill to allow electronic transfer of funds by local municipalities for payments of bills and lease agreements (P.A. 738 of 2002)
6.      Appeared at legislative hearings on several occasions to offer testimony on the above bills

·        Planning member of the MGFOA Retirement Administration Program and the Retiree Health Care training. The committee developed training for retirement administrators and trustees.

·        Board of Directors of the MGFOA (1999-2001) Honorary Life Member 2009

·        Board of Directors and Presidency of the Oakland County Treasurers Association (1995-1999)

·        Appeared as a speaker for the MGFOA, the Michigan Municipal League, the Michigan Townships Association, Government Finance Officers Association, the Michigan Association of Public Employee Retirement Systems, the Illinois-Great Lakes Public Finance Conference, the Michigan Association of County Treasurers, and the former Bank One (now Chase Bank) on various investment and treasury related topics.

·        Using her office for the pilot program, she worked with Ford Motor Credit Corporation to establish internet trading of commercial paper.

·        Board of Directors of Michigan Women in Finance, 2005 to 2009

·        SEMCOG's Transportation Advisory Council - 2002 to 2008.

·        Past Member of MAPERS, Michigan Townships Association, Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association, Association of Public Treasurers 

Volunteer in Community – past and current: 

Resident of West Bloomfield since 1972.

·        Actively involved in the West Bloomfield School District while raising her three sons, she served Doherty Elementary Communications Governance Council as secretary, was Chair of the Community Education Central Advisory Council (CECAC), and prepared the school district's 1987 demographic report  

·        Greater West Bloomfield Michigan Week Committee since 1986, serving as chair in 1993, and as treasurer 1993-2010  

·        Former Treasurer for United We Walk (MLK observance).  

·        Parish Council at Prince of Peace. 

·        Involved in Boy Scouting since 1984, she continued as treasurer for Troop 1000 until 2011.  

·        Director and then Treasurer of the Greater West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce from 2001 - 2006.  

·        Chaired the Civic Center Crusaders for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life from 2001 to 2005 

·        Member of the Friends of Parks and Recreation and is a past recipient of the Theodore Roosevelt Award from the WB Parks Commission.  

·        Member of the Friends of the Library and can be found volunteering at the Friendshop. 

·        Member of the Anthony Wayne Society and the Old Main Society at Wayne State University, establishing the Denise D. Hammond Endowed Scholarship in the School of Business Administration. 

·        Author of the blog 'Yes, Virginia, There is Life after Retirement'