Phil Sanzica, P.E., Chief Deputy Water Resources Commissioner
Suzanne R. Coffey, P.E., Manager
Philip Sanzica was appointed Chief Deputy Water Resources Commissioner in January 2013. He began his Oakland County tenure in 1972 as a Civil Engineer I in the Department of Public Works, the forerunner to the Water Resources Commissioner’s office. Phil left Oakland County in 1979 to work as a Manager of Municipal Services with a local consulting engineering firm. He later served as a Project Manager for an underground construction company that developed and managed municipal projects in Michigan and Florida. He returned to Oakland County in 1986 where he was a Chief Engineer until November 2012.
In his current role, Phil manages the day-to-day operations of the office. He is responsible for overseeing all project developments, from inception to completion, planning, engineering, grant administration, financing, and operations and maintenance. The projects he has supervised included interaction with local, county, state and federal agencies involving permitting, grants, loans and community relations. He is a recognized expert in implementing large municipal infrastructure projects and innovative financing through the State of Michigan’s State Revolving Fund Loan Program. He also has represented the Michigan Association of Counties as a member of its State Revolving Fund Advisory Committee.
A 1972 graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Phil is a Registered Professional Engineer and a licensed S1 Water Systems Operator in the State of Michigan. He is also a member of the City of Troy Planning Commission, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Water Environment Federation and the American Planners Association.
Suzanne R. Coffey is responsible for supervising engineers, field staff members, administrative and technical support personnel totaling 111 employees. Her areas of responsibility include the operations and maintenance of wastewater interceptor systems, local municipal wastewater conveyance systems, drains and lake level control structures as well as oversight of staff members who perform construction project management and construction inspection.
Sue joined the Water Resources Commissioner (WRC) staff as a Civil Engineer III in 2003. Since that time she has filled the roles of Assistant Chief Engineer and Chief Engineer overseeing operations that include wastewater and retention treatment facilities, municipal pump stations, electrical services and sewer and drain maintenance services. She was s selected to fill a position of Manager in 2009.
Sue graduated Cum Laude from Lawrence Technological University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Northern Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers in 1996.
She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan and has held positions with engineering consulting firms before joining the WRC. She has had extensive experience in design and construction of remedial systems for contaminated soil and groundwater, design of municipal watermain and sewer extensions and site civil engineering for commercial, residential and industrial developments.
Steven Korth, P.E., Manager
Steven Korth is responsible for supervising engineers, field staff, administrative and technical support personnel totaling more than 100 employees. His areas of responsibility include the operations and maintenance of two wastewater treatment plants, four municipal combined sewer overflow retention treatment basins and numerous other wastewater treatment facilities including septic systems and sewage lift stations. Steve also is responsible for water system operations and maintenance for 22 local community water systems within 15 municipalities. In addition, Steve oversees Oakland County’s environmental program that addresses water quality issues with various subwatershed groups and communities within the five major watersheds in Oakland County. Other areas of responsibility include the administration of a Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control program for 46 local communities and a Plan Review and Permitting program.
Steve joined the WRC staff as a Civil Engineer II in 1994. Since that time he has filled the roles of Assistant Chief Engineer and Chief Engineer with extensive experience in construction project management, lake levels and drain operations and maintenance, and lake improvement boards. He was selected to fill a position of Manager in 2009.
Steve graduated Cum Laude from Michigan State University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. Steve also earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Oakland University in 2001. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan and has more than 20 years of experience in municipal engineering.
Sherri Gee, Chief Administrative Services
WRC Administrative Services Chief Sherri Gee oversees GIS mapping services, water and sewer billing operations and supervises all administrative staff members. She also is responsible for ISO and environmental management systems, safety and employee training programs, purchasing support, Web and community liaison services as well as time and labor management systems.
A graduate of the University of Michigan – Dearborn with a degree in communications, Sherri served as ISO coordinator for the Water Resources Commissioner’s office since 2002 before being promoted in 2006 to her current position.
During her stint as ISO coordinator, Sherri spearheaded the successful effort to introduce an environmental management system to the organization.