Tammy T. Patton, Trustee
Tammy T. Patton was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Before graduating from Finney High School, she joined the United States Army. After serving her country, she was honorably discharged and returned to Michigan, where she began working on her college degrees.
Tammy strongly believes in life-long learning. She holds an AAS in Healthcare Administration, AAB in Business Management with a certificate in Cybersecurity, a bachelor’s degree in Community Service, and a Master’s in Community Counseling from Siena Heights University. She also earned a Diploma/Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Sacred Heart Major Seminary of Detroit. In addition, her studies in business process management have recently led to her becoming a Certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
In June of 2022, Tammy was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education. In December 2022, Tammy completed her studies in Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling, and Action at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University Executive Education. Also, in 2022, she graduated from Leadership Macomb, class XXIV. The program focuses on self-improvement, learning about and experiencing the issues that affect Macomb County.
“Leadership Macomb helped me with my goal to become the best leader I can be. In addition, it helped me to strengthen my connection to other community leaders and allows me to serve Clinton Township residents better,” she said.
Tammy T. Patton is the first African American to be elected to the Board of Trustees in the 200-year history of Clinton Township.
“I am honored to have been elected as Trustee and overwhelmed by the support and belief that citizens have placed in me,” she said.
A licensed counselor with the State of Michigan, Tammy is a small business owner. Tammy also established a Non-Profit, Team Patton Outreach, in memory of her oldest daughter, Erin.
As a trustee, she plans to learn and contribute to the Township’s business development plans, meet as many Clinton Township small business owners as possible, and continue to help empower the community.
As a new trustee, Tammy has stepped up to join several Clinton Township committees, namely the Planning Commission, Diversity Committee, Election Committee, Emergency Management Committee, Heritage Estates Committee, and the Sanitary Sewer Sub Committee. She also serves as an alternate on the Budget Ways and Means Committee.
Tammy currently sits on SEMCOG’s General Assembly and Executive Committees as an alternate to Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. She was appointed by County Executive Hackel to the Macomb County Art Institute Authority in 2022, and she continues to serve on the committee.
Serving in different capacities has always been a priority for Tammy. Her strong commitment to the community has seen her take on roles as a soccer coach, coach administrator, and host family for the Clinton Township Recreation’s cultural exchange program with Sister City, Yasu, Japan.
Tammy is married to her “best friend,” Cliff Patton, and as a mother of six “amazing children,” she enjoys her time with family, including four dogs, two parakeets, and one bearded dragon. She is a former foster care parent and continues to advocate for the needs of children.