The Department is organized into five operating groups: Financial Services, Information Technology and Systems Integration and Operations, Commercial Operations and Public Affairs, Wastewater Operations, and Water Supply Operations. The Department is staffed so that various groups provide services for both the Water and Sewerage Systems.
Sue F. McCormick
Sue F. McCormick was named the new Director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in November 2011, effective January 2012. Before her appointment to the top DWSD position by Mayor Dave Bing, Ms. McCormick served as Public Services Administrator for the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she managed that city’s entire physical infrastructure, including roads, solid waste, parks, fleet and facilities, and the water and sewer system. She first joined Ann Arbor city government as Water Utilities Director in January 2001.
Prior to her work in Ann Arbor, she was with the Lansing Board of Water and Light for 22 years, serving as Environmental Chemist, Environmental Laboratory Manager, Manager of Water and Steam Planning, Water Technical Support Manager and Business Development Manager.
A native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, McCormick earned a bachelor’s degree from Lyman Briggs College at Michigan State University. She is active in the 58,000-member American Water Works Association (AWWA), a prominent international organization for water industry professionals. She has served as AWWA-Michigan Director and as an association Vice President.
Chief Operating Officer / Chief Compliance Officer
Matthew Schenk was named the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) in March 2012. Before his appointment to DWSD’s Executive Management Team, Schenk served in various roles within Wayne County government, including Chief of Staff to the County Executive, Assistant County Executive, and Principal Attorney supervising the Municipal Law section of the County’s Law Department. As Chief of Staff, Schenk managed various County departments, supervised nearly 2,000 employees, and had responsibility for the development and implementation process for Wayne County’s $2 billion annual budget. Schenk also worked on numerous regional initiatives, including the expansion of Cobo Center, the creation of a regional transit plan for Southeast Michigan, and the development of the Aerotropolis.
Before coming to Wayne County, Schenk worked for the City of Detroit for seven years within both the legislative and executive branches of government. His last position in that period of service to the City was in the Law Department as Legislative Assistant Corporation Counsel.
Schenk earned his law degree from Wayne State University and was admitted to the Michigan Bar Association in 1996. He also holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan. He is involved in numerous professional organizations, community affiliations, and civic boards, notably recently completing his second term as Chairman of the Board for the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART).
Darryl A. Latimer
Mr. Latimer was named Deputy Director on February 15, 2010, after having served as Contracts and Grants General Manager since March 2003. Previously, he was the Head Governmental Analyst in Contracts and Grants, leading the Consultant and Local Economic Development Units.
Mr. Latimer has been with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department since 1989, and with the City of Detroit since 1985. Mr. Latimer holds a bachelor of science degree in general studies from Wayne State University and a master of science in administration degree in general business administration from Central Michigan University.
Chief Financial Officer, Financial Services
Nicolette Bateson is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD).
A certified public accountant, she is the department’s first CFO and began working for DWSD in February 2013. Bateson comes to DWSD with extensive financial experience. In the public sector, she served as both Assistant City Manager and Finance Director in local government. She also was an audit supervisor with a national accounting firm; was an independent financial consultant; and most recently was a visiting specialist for the State and Local Government Program with Michigan State University Extension. As a visiting specialist, she worked with state and local officials to address the needs of cities in fiscal stress. In addition, she was involved with research, education, and writing related to public-sector financial challenges.
Bateson has experience working with public agencies moving through substantial restructuring and with public agencies attaining operational and financial sustainability with reduced resources.
Bateson earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree in professional accounting from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a master’s of public administration degree in government management from Eastern Michigan University.
William M. Wolfson
General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel
William M. Wolfson became the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s first General Counsel in June 2012.
Wolfson joined the City of Detroit Law Department as an attorney in 1986 and served in the Law Department under Mayors Young and Archer until 1998. He then moved to Wayne County’s Department of Corporation Counsel and was appointed Deputy Corporation Counsel by County Executive Edward McNamara. The succeeding County Executive, Robert Ficano, appointed Wolfson to the position of Assistant Deputy County Executive/Director of Legal Affairs. In that position, Mr. Wolfson was responsible for the day-to-day operations of county government and its 4,500 employees.
Wolfson retired from his Wayne County position in July 2009; he then went into private practice and contracted to serve as Wayne County’s Interim Corporation Counsel.
Wolfson is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Minnesota Law School. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the Detroit-Wayne County Stadium Authority, Vice Chairman of the Wayne County Zoological Authority, and is a member of the Detroit Zoological Society’s Board of Directors.
Information Technology Director and Chief Information Officer
Dan Rainey serves as Information Technology Director and Chief Information Officer for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. He came to DWSD in March 2013 with more than 20 years of experience leading and transforming IT organizations – most recently including the City of Ann Arbor, the Number One-ranked digital city in its class.
Rainey holds a master’s degree in management with a specialization in strategic leadership from Walsh College and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Wayne State University. He was recognized as a Computerworld Premier 100 Leader and was awarded the Michigan Excellence in Technology Leadership Award.
Rainey previously served as Vice President for the Metropolitan Information Exchange, a national organization of local government Chief Information Officers. He is a member of the Society for Information Management and participates on various intergovernmental collaboration committees and advisory boards.
Assistant Director, Commercial Operations and Public Affairs
Mr. Johnson was named Assistant Director in December 2010. Previously, he was the Meter Operations Manager, where he presided over the Detroit system's conversion to Automated Meter Reading (AMR). He currently holds an S-1 Water Distribution System Operator license with the State of Michigan.
Mr. Johnson started working for the City of Detroit at the Detroit Zoo in 1977 as a Public Service Attendant. He joined DWSD in 1981 as a Repair Mechanic and has advanced in position over the years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Wayne State University, majoring in Management Information Systems, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Mr. Johnson is a member of DWSD's regional Technical Advisory Committee and the committee's Analytical Work Group.
Assistant Director, Water Supply Operations
Ms. Porter was named Assistant Director in September 2008. Previously, she was the Water Production and Operations Manager. She holds an F-1 Water Filtration Treatment Plant Operator license with the State of Michigan.
Ms. Porter began her career with the Department in 1996 as a Junior Chemist and has advanced over the years. She earned a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan, an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources Management from Madonna University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Detroit.
Samuel A. Smalley, P.E.
Assistant Director, Asset Maintenance
Mr. Smalley was named the Assistant Director of Wastewater Operations in October 2010. He joined the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in June of 2007 after having spent two years participating in DWSD's customer outreach program as a customer representative. Since May of 2008, he has served as the Assistant Director of Asset Maintenance, where he was responsible for maintaining and upgrading the physical assets including infrastructure, facilities, and equipment.
Mr. Smalley is a registered professional engineer in California and Michigan, and has over 20 years of experience in engineering design, construction management, and utility management in the water and wastewater industry. He obtained a B.S. in Civil Engineering from San Diego State University, and holds both an F-1 Water Treatment Plant Operator license and an S-1 Water Distribution System Operator license.
Terri Tabor Conerway
Process and Quality Control Manager
Terri Tabor Conerway was named DWSD Process and Quality Control Manager in January 2006, Ms. Conerway previously served as the Department's Human Resource Manager. She has worked in various managerial positions since beginning her career with the City of Detroit in 1972. She holds a B.S. degree from Wayne State University in Psychology. Ms. Conerway is a certified Franklin Covey facilitator and is active in the International Public Management Association – Human Resources.
General Manager, Contracts and Grants
Ms. Dixon was named General Manager of the Contracts and Grant Division in July 2010. Previously she served as Manager of Consultant Contracts, where she was responsible for managing the Consultant Contracts, Design/Build and Local Economic Development Units, along with the Print Shop.
Ms. Dixon began her career with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in 1989. She holds a B.S. degree in Public Administration from Oakland University.