Jim Nash, 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.
Phil Sanzica, P.E., Chief Deputy Water Resources Commissioner
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.
Tim Prince, P.E., Chief Manager
Tim Prince is responsible for supervising engineers, field staff members, administrative and technical support personnel totaling more than 100 employees. His areas of responsibility include the operations and maintenance of local sewage disposal systems, local water systems and sewer retention treatment facilities.
Tim joined the Water Resources Commissioner (WRC) staff as an Assistant Chief Engineer in 2000. Since that time he has filled the role of Chief Engineer and was promoted to his current position in November of 2013.
Tim graduated from the University of Akron in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.
He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan as well as the State of Ohio and has extensive water system and sewage disposal system operations and maintenance experience, including 17 years with a private water utility.
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.
Ben Lewis, P.E., Manager
Ben is responsible for water systems, regional water systems, sanitary pump systems, sanitary sewer systems, waste water treatment plants and for supervising engineers, field staff and administrative & technical support personnel in these areas. He has previously filled the roles of Civil Engineer III, Assistant Chief Engineer and Chief Engineer.
Ben has extensive experience in the construction of water and sewer projects as a contractor and engineer. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University in 1972. Ben is a licensed Professional Engineer in the states of Michigan and Ohio..
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.