Bob recently held the position of Chief Operating Officer of the City of Detroit, having been appointed by Detroit Mayor, Dave Bing. Bob spent his entire 35-year professional career with Detroit Edison and DTE Energy. He joined Detroit Edison as an engineer in 1972 and was President and Chief Operating Officer of Detroit Edison at the time of his retirement in December 2008. He held various positions of greater responsibility throughout and was elected president & COO of DTE Energy Distribution in 1998 and of Detroit Edison in 2005. In addition to his contributions to DTE Energy, Buckler has been deeply involved in the community and has been instrumental in efforts to boost the economic development of the region and state.
Buckler is a trustee of the University Musical Society, the Rackham Engineering Foundation and past president of the Engineering Society of Detroit, and served on the State Fundraising Committee for Habitat for Humanity, the YMCA Camping Services Board of Directors and the United Way Community Services Campaign Cabinet. He is currently Chairman of Next Energy Corporation; a member of the Board of Directors of Accio Energy Corporation, Huron River Ventures and the Rackham Foundation.