Water Resources Commissioner
First Elected: 2012
Term Expires: 2016
Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash began working for the citizens of Oakland County in 2005 when he served on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. He started by focusing his energies on environmental sustainability, green building, and veteran services. These issues continue to be at the forefront of his decision making.
Commissioner Nash is a strong advocate for the sustainability’s Triple Bottom Line: economic development, environmental stewardship, and social equity. In his words, “we must protect our environment and our precious natural resources while we work for long-term economic success while ensuring that all our citizens have access to the resources they need to succeed in our region.”
In addition, Commissioner Nash has been deeply involved in regional collaboration efforts directly related to sustainable
development and resource conservation among the diverse interests of Southeast Michigan. He organized and hosted seven Annual Green Building Workshops in the Commissioners’ Auditorium. He also helped plan the first two Oakland County Green Building Summits. As a founding member of the Regional Partnership for Sustainability, he worked with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), the surrounding counties, and the US Green Building Council in addition to the Engineering Society of Detroit, and the WARM Training Center.
Commissioner Nash is an 18-year resident of Farmington Hills. He and his wife Karen have been married for 27 years and live in the home where Karen grew up in. They have four children and three grandchildren living in Michigan. He is a 1988 graduate of Florida State University, with a BS in political Science and minor in Peace Studies. He served as a U.S. Army Medical Specialist from 1977 to 1980 and was honorably discharged. He received the Good Conduct Medal and Expert Field Medical Badge.
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