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Deb Cherry, Treasurer


Deb CherryDeb Cherry was elected as the Genesee County Treasurer in 2010. Serving as the Genesee County Treasurer after the housing market crash, Treasurer Cherry is serving at a time when unprecedented foreclosures have occurred. As Chair of the Genesee County Land Bank she is a major partner in the redevelopment of Flint and Genesee County.

Deb has served her community with distinction for over thirty years. The Oakland University graduate got her start in public service as a teenager as a member of a non-partisan student campaign group. Since that time she has been active in the community as a volunteer, manager of campaigns, as a candidate, and as an elected official. 

After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Development with a concentration in Manpower in 1976, she worked with the Valley Area Agency on Aging and the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging managing grants and working to find funding for various services for the elderly. 

In 1988 Deb was elected to the Genesee County Commission, where she represented the 3rd District for six years and served three years as Commission Chair. During this time she earned her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Elected to the Michigan Senate in 2002 and 2006, she was a member of the Senate Appropriations and Finance committees, serving as Minority Vice Chair on the sub-committees for Community Health and Retirement. She was also a member of the sub-committees on Capital Outlay and General Government.  Prior to being elected to the Senate, Deb served with distinction for six years in the Michigan House of Representatives, where she also served as the Assistant Majority Floor Leader and as a member of many committees, including the Appropriations Committee. Deb was the sponsor of the Michigan Promise Grant, which entitled every Michigan student to be eligible for a $4,000 higher education scholarship upon graduation. 

In touch with her community, she also serves on numerous boards, including Chairman of the Greater Flint Health Coalition, a member of the Urban Revitalization Committee and the Genesee Health Plan.

Deb’s hard work and dedication is recognized at the highest levels of state government. She was a gubernatorial appointee to the Michigan Medicaid Long Term Care Task Force and to the Michigan Task Force on Cervical Cancer Awareness, which she served as Chairperson. 

She is the recipient of numerous awards over her public service career, including the Distinguished Public Service Award from the faculty of the University of Michigan-Flint. Deb most recently was awarded 2009 Service Award from the Michigan Municipal League.