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.
Mr. Kenoyer was elected vice chair of the Board of Water Commissioners at the June 2014 meeting. He brings more than a decade of cross-functional problem-solving experience in delivering customer-driven results to technical and service quality issues for Ford Motor. An honoree of the Ford/Massachusetts Institute of Technology/University of Detroit Mercy program for engineering excellence, Mr. Kenoyer holds a bachelor?s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and earned a master's degree in product development from the University of Detroit Mercy. He has served on the Board of Directors of Preservation Wayne and has volunteered at the Ruth Ellis Center.
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.
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.
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.
Conrad L. Mallett Jr
Conrad L. Mallett Jr. is the Detroit Medical Center’s Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. His assignment places him on the cutting edge of hospital organization re-design with a particular focus on physician and patient satisfaction, cost containment, and increased medical quality. Mr. Mallett holds a Jurist Doctorate degree from the University of Southern California, a Master’s in Public Administration, also from USC, a Masters of Business Administration from Oakland University with a concentration in Healthcare Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a member of the Board of Directors of two publicly traded companies; Lear Corporation and Kelly Services.
J. Bryan Williams
Mr. Williams is an attorney with the Dickinson Wright law firm. Mr. Williams, a resident of Birmingham, practices in the areas of corporate and municipal law. He has served as counsel to the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner in municipal bond financings, and has a wealth of experience in providing counsel to both privately and publicly-held companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and received his juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan. He is a member of the City of Birmingham Planning Board, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Detroit. He is also a past vice chairman of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.