Snyder names state’s rep to regional water board

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday he appointed the head of Ann Arbor’s Public Services Administration to the Great Lakes Water Authority.

Snyder named Craig Hupy of Ypsilanti as the state’s representative on the regional water authority’s board.

“Craig has a tremendous amount of professional experience and will bring great insight to this authority,” Snyder said in a statement.

He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Earl Edward Hood and serve the term at the pleasure of the governor.

Snyder appointed Hood of Pittsfield Township to the board in 2014. Hood is a retired attorney who worked at the Dykema Gossett PLLC firm’s Ann Arbor office.

Hupy, public services area administrator for the city of Ann Arbor, has held various positions with the city, including manager of the field operations unit and the systems planning unit.

He is also a registered professional engineer with multiple certifications from the Department of Environmental Quality.

Hupy has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University.

The regional authority resulted from the spinoff off of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in Detroit’s bankruptcy. The authority allows Detroit to maintain ownership of the system but gives suburbs more of a stake in its operations. The agreement lets the city lease infrastructure to communities in the suburbs for a 40-year, $50 million annual fee and a yearly $4.5 million payment assistance fund.