Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has appointed a temporary utilities administrator after the person in that position was placed on administrative leave following criminal charges related to the city’s water crisis.
JoLisa McDay, hired as the city’s water plant supervisor in March, will take over the role of utilities administrator in Michael Glasgow’s absence, Weaver said.
McDay “has shown leadership and a commitment to providing the best customer service possible as it relates to water,” Weaver wrote in a statement Thursday. “That is what our residents deserve...”
McDay has more than 15 years of experience, according to the city. She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a master’s degree in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University.
McDay is also an F-1 certified operator, an S-3 distribution licensed operator and a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, officials said.
McDay was previously water utility supervisor for the City of Ann Arbor and plant manager at the Lake Huron Water Treatment Plant.
In a statement Thursday, McDay said she wanted to work in Flint despite the challenge of the water crisis.
“I am only one of the many hard working employees striving to provide quality service to this great city,” McDay said. “I am truly honored by the Mayor’s and executive team’s decision to have me take on this important role.”
Glasgow was placed on administrative leave after Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office charged him, along with two others, earlier this month for criminal acts that caused the tainting of the Flint’s drinking water. Glasgow is accused of tampering with evidence related to the city’s lead and copper testing reports.
He has not been formally arraigned on the charges.
Michigan Department of Environmental municipal water regulators Michael Prysby and Stephen Busch have been charged and arraigned in the case.