Water Resources Commissioner
First Elected: 2012
Term Expires: 2020
Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash began working for the citizens of Oakland County in 2005 when he was sworn in as a member of the Oakland County Board of Commissioners. From the beginning he has focused his energies on environmental sustainability, green building, and regional cooperation. These issues continue to be at the forefront of his decision making.
Commissioner Nash is a strong advocate for 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 and ensure 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.
Since his election as Water Resources Commissioner Jim has worked with Oakland County’s Executive office to develop the Great Lakes Water Authority, to turn the struggling Detroit Water and Sewerage Department into a regional authority and begin the process of making it the great system it once was. Commissioner Nash and his staff have also organized and hosted annual Regional Storm Water Summits, bringing experts together with local governments, businesses and academia to learn about and advocate for green storm water solutions and the funds needed to accomplish them.
Commissioner Nash is a 25-year resident of Farmington Hills. He and his wife Karen have been married for 34 years and live in the home where Karen grew up. 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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