All BOWC Meetings take place in the 5th Floor Board Room of the Water Board Building, 735 Randolph in Downtown Detroit. Click here for agendas and approved meeting minutes.
By federal court order issued February 2011, the Board of Water Commissioners is made up of seven members who oversee DWSD operations, management and major contracts, and set rates for water and sewer services. The Board includes four members from the City of Detroit, and one each nominated by the Wayne County Executive, the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner and the Macomb Public Works Commissioner with confirmation by the Mayor of Detroit. All members must have at least seven years of experience in a regulated industry. Commissioners receive $10,000 in compensation and an additional $250 per meeting, not to exceed $20,000 per year in total.
James Fausone, Esq.
By Federal Court order issued November 4, 2011, Mr. Fausone became the chair of the Board of Water Commissioners; Mr. Fausone was elected by his peers as the chair June 25, 2014. He is a resident of Canton Township. He is a partner in Fausone Bohn LLP, of Northville, where he practices business law, municipal law, veterans disability law, and environmental law. He was also president of an environmental remediation, industrial service, and waste transportation company for three years. Mr. Fausone holds dual bachelor?s degrees in environmental engineering and oceanography from the University of Michigan and earned his law degree from Gonzaga University. He was elected a Schoolcraft College trustee, and a Canton Public Library trustee. He is a Director of the University.
Mary E. Blackmon
Ms. Blackmon is a retiree of Ameritech and served for 10 years as a member of the Detroit Board of Education. She is the President of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency Board of Education (Wayne RESA), a Central Region Director on the National Black Caucus of School Board Members, and serves on the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition Executive Board. Mrs. Blackmon is also on the Executive Board of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), and is a past Chair and Vice-Chair. A graduate of Leadership Detroit, Mrs. Blackmon remains active in a number of civic and community organizations.
Fred Barnes, P.E.
Mr. Barnes is a registered professional engineer from Sterling Heights. He owns and operates Fred W. Barnes Associates Inc., a consulting engineering firm. Before starting his own company, he was a Senior Project Engineer with Atwell-Hicks Inc., where he managed engineering projects and supervised engineers, planners, and designers. Mr. Barnes, a former Chief Engineer for the Office of the Macomb County Public Works Commissioner, was involved with the design, operation, and maintenance of more than 700 county drains, supervision of two CSO facilities, as well as the review of residential and commercial developments for 24 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Jody Caldwell, P.E.
Mr. Caldwell was appointed to the BOWC in September, 2015. He is a Chief Engineer with the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s office where he has worked in various capacities for more than a decade. As a registered professional engineer with the State of Michigan, his responsibilities have included the management, operations and maintenance of many public water supply systems within Oakland County. He also provides management and strategic direction to the WRC Finance, Planning and Information Systems Divisions. In his tenure with Oakland County, Mr. Caldwell has worked extensively with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and co-chairs both its water Technical Advisory Committee and sewer Steering Committee. He also represents the City of Pontiac on the North Oakland County Water Authority where he currently serves as its secretary. Mr. Caldwell, who holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, has additional experience with municipal public works, civil engineering consultation and site development engineering.
John Henry Davis
Mr. Davis is a proud lifelong resident of Detroit. Mr. Davis has more than 30 years experience as a labor, political and community activist. He retired with more than 36 years of combined service as an International Representative with the United Auto Workers International Union and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He is a lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Mr. Davis owns a political consulting firm and serves on a number of community and organization boards. His education includes Lawrence Technological University,Walter and May Reuther UAW Leadership Institute and the American Arbitration Association.
Mr. Einheuser was appointed to the Board by Mayor Mike Duggan for a term that began in April, 2015. He joins the BOWC with over 40 years of experience working for the City of Detroit in a variety of roles, along with being a lawyer specializing in financial planning, estate planning and real estate since 1983.
Mr. Einheuser began his professional career at New Detroit, Inc., serving as its Director of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs (1976 – 1979). He then served as an Executive Assistant to Mayor Coleman A. Young (1979 to 1983) in which his duties included coordinating the City’s planning and site preparation for the first Grand Prix and negotiating major lease revisions of Joe Louis Arena between the City and the Detroit Red Wings Organization.
From 1987-1991, Mr. Einheuser was General Counsel for Suburban Mobile Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART; formerly SEMTA).
Mr. Einheuser currently practices law with Einheuser Legal, P.C., of which he has been a sole practitioner since 1992. He earned his law degree from the evening division of the Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law) in 1980.
Mr. Einheuser was elected by the people of the State of Michigan to two terms on the Wayne State University Board of Governors (1975 – 1980) serving four one-year terms as Chairman of the Board.
Ms. Forte, a Senior Vice President at Comerica Inc., brings more than 30 years of business, finance, and commercial banking expertise to the board. A member of Comerica’s senior leadership team, she is responsible for defining and driving business strategies that establish Comerica as a leader in diversity and corporate responsibility practices. Ms. Forte earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University and received her master’s of business administration degree in finance and accounting from the University of Michigan. She serves as a Director of the Economic Development Corporation of the City of Detroit and serves on many other agency and organization boards as well.