Phil Bertolini

Deputy County Executive/CIO
Oakland County, MI

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson appointed Phil Bertolini as Deputy County Executive/CIO for Oakland County in January 2005. Prior to that, Bertolini served as Oakland County’s Director of Information Technology. He began his career with Oakland County in 1988 with the Equalization Division.

Bertolini is a vocal advocate for cloud and enterprise solutions in government, cross-boundary resource sharing, and inter-jurisdictional cooperation. He has overseen the development of unique government technology programs such as the G2G Cloud Solutions Initiative, the G2G Marketplace, the Cyber Security Assessment for Everyone (CySAFE) initiative, the GeoVision Assessment, and the TechDebtCheck Assessment. He has also created successful models that can be implemented by other governments interested in improving operations while containing costs. Bertolini has traveled extensively to speak about eGovernment best practices and has authored a growing collection of resources to help other organizations modernize IT within today’s rapidly changing technology landscape. He has promoted his philosophy of “Build it once, pay for it once, and everybody benefits” to many other government agencies, including those within the U.S. and others as far off as Australia and Dubai.


  • Honored as a 2017 Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine
  • Honored as a member of the 2017 CIO Hall of Fame by CIO Magazine.
  • Honored as 2016 IT Leader of the Year at the Michigan Digital Government Summit hosted by Government Technology Magazine.
  • Oakland County placed first in the 2008 & 2014 Best of the Web County Portal rankings by the Center for Digital Government
  • Honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as CIO of the Year for 2013
  • Honored by the President Obama White House as a Champion of Change for 2012
  • Honored as the 2010 Outstanding Alumni for the College of Communications, Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University
  • President of the Communications, Arts and Sciences Alumni Board at Michigan State University
  • Co-author and co-editor of book IT Budgeting and Decision Making: Maximizing Your Government’s Technology Investments, published 2009
  • Oakland County placed first in the 2009 Digital County rankings, a nationwide survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government
  • Named among the 2007 “Top 25, Doers, Dreamers and Drivers” by Government Technology, along with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson
  • Named as the 2004 CIO of the Year for Automation Alley

Bertolini received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University. He resides in Oakland County with his wife and two children.