Bill Sowerby grew up in St. Clair Shores as one of five children. He attended St. Gertrude Elementary, then Lake Shore High School before graduating from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Bill began his public service career in 1989 as a Macomb County Commissioner representing Clinton Township. The citizens of Clinton Township then elected him as their Township Treasurer in November of 1996 and have re-elected him to that post four more times.
In addition to performing his statutorial responsibilities as Treasurer, Bill is a member of the Township Board of Trustees where he has maintained a 100% attendance record over his nineteen years of service. He currently chairs the Township’s Budget, ways and Means Committee and sits on the Police & Fire Pension Board, the Refuse Committee, the Ambulance Committee and the 41B District Court Council.
Bill’s commitment to the community goes beyond his political duties. In 2000 he helped to establish the Annual Clinton Township Community Blood Drive, which remains one the largest community-wide efforts in southeast Michigan. He is currently planning the 17th Annual Blood Drive set for February, 2016. He has served as the chair of the two-day, multiple location event since its inception. Bill also acts as a local coordinator for Green Michigan, a non-profit organization that seeks to keep the environment a priority.
Bill believes that ensuring the safety and well-being of the residents and businesses of Clinton Township, Fraser and Mount Clemens must walk hand in hand with fiscal responsibility. He has run the Clinton Township Treasurers office in an efficient and cost-effective manner, with a commitment to providing accurate information and service to the public in a timely and courteous manner. He is committed to doing the same thing in the Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing. Bill will continue to make every effort to be available to anyone with concerns or questions.
Bill has been married for 18 years to Martha Higgins, M.D., and has one son, Brad, who is 33.
Clinton Township Treasurer: 1996-Present
Macomb County Commissioner for Clinton Twp.: 1989-96
St. Gertrude Elementary
Lake Shore High School: 1974
Wayne State Univ., B.A. Degree: 1978
Senior Member, Clinton Valley Kiwanis Club
Member, Macomb County Treasurer’s Association
Chippewa Valley Schools Strategic Planning Committee: 2015
Regular Attendee, ICRJ Martin Luther King Dinner/Celebration
Board Member, Macomb County Democratic Committee Executive Board
Past Community Involvement:
Member, Clinton Township Goodfellows
Board Member, Interfaith Center for Racial Justice
Board Member, United Way Community Services, Macomb Division
Board Member, Grosse Pointes Clinton Refuse Disposal Authority
Board Member, Macomb County Community Mental Health Services Board
Board Member, Macomb Coalition for Emergency Shelter
Board Member, SMART Transportation Board
As Clinton Township Treasurer Bill is also a member of the Township Board of Trustees and has served in the following capacities:
Chairperson, Refuse Committee
Chairperson, Ambulance Committee
Treasurer, Police & Fire Pension Board
Chairperson, Tax Forfeiture Committee
Chairperson, Transportation Committee
Officer, Michigan Township Association, Macomb Chapter
Member, Michigan Municipal Treasurer’s Association
During Bill’s term as a County Commissioner he also served in the following capacities:
Chairperson, Senior Citizens Services Committee
Chairperson, Health Services Committee
Board Member, SMART Board of Directors, 1993-1996
Chairperson, Ad Hoc Committee for Lake St. Clair