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Earl Poleski of Jackson was named the Michigan State Housing Development Authority’s executive director on February 22, 2017. He previously served in the Michigan Legislature from 2011 to 2016, holding prominent roles as chair of the Financial Liabilities Reform Policy Committee and the General Government Appropriations Subcommittee. Earl also has been a certified public accountant since 1981, working as a sole-practitioner and partner with accounting firms providing individual and business accounting, tax and consulting services, while also representing clients to the IRS and state tax agencies.
He has also served in the oil and gas industry, where he managed the controllership, tax and treasury functions of CMS Nomeco Oil & Gas Co. in Jackson, and as vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer of Dart Energy Corporation in Mason. After graduating from Jackson Community College in 1976 and Albion College in 1978, Earl earned a master’s degree in taxation science from Walsh College.
Earl, whose family moved to Jackson in 1973, has been married to his high school sweetheart, Candy, since 1978. Candy works in information systems’ management at Consumers Energy in Jackson. Together, they have two grown sons, Earl Wayne and John, and two grandchildren. Earl and Candy are members of the First United Methodist Church, where he sings in the Chancel Choir. He also has led Jackson youth on several mission trips around the country, while teaching values such as service, hard work, honesty and responsibility.
In the summer, Earl and Candy enjoy trailering their boat, “Peace of Candy,” and traveling around our beautiful state.