Duggan appoints 3 new members to city water commission

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Mayor Mike Duggan Monday said he has appointed three new members to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s Board of Water Commissioners.

He said his new appointees to the board are Lane Coleman, Jane Garcia and Pamela Rodgers. They join current commissioners vice chair Mary Blackmon, John Henry Davis, Michael Einheuser and Linda Forte on the seven-member board, which supervises the city’s water department.

The announcement comes about three weeks after a regional water authority took control of the department’s water and sewer system under a 40-year lease. Detroit’s water department is responsible for serving more than 200,000 residential and commercial customers in the city.

Duggan said in a statement “the city is very lucky to have such dedicated community servants.”

Coleman is founder and CEO of logistics and material supply company Strike Group L.L.C. Garcia is a community activist. Rodgers is owner and operator of Woodhaven car dealership Rodgers Chevrolet.

They succeed water commissioners Jim Fausone, the board’s chairman, Jody Caldwell and Fred Barnes. The three served as representatives for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties on the board.

On Jan. 1, the Great Lakes Water Authority assumed control of the region’s water and sewer system under a deal forged in Detroit’s bankruptcy. Under the deal, the authority is leasing the systems from Detroit for $50 million a year plus about $50 million a year toward pension costs and a fund to help struggling customers pay their bills. The DWSD continues to retain ownership of the entire water and sewer system.


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