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
Director/Chief Executive Officer
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.
William M. Wolfson
Chief Administrative and Compliance Officer/General Counsel
William M. Wolfson joined the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department as the utility’s first General Counsel in June 2012 and added the position of Chief Operating and Compliance Officer in August 2013.
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.
Darryl A. Latimer
Deputy Director/Chief Customer Service Officer
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.
Information Technology Director
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.
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Terri Tabor Conerway
Organizational Development Director
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.
Suzanne R. Coffey
Chief Planning Officer
Suzanne R. Coffey joined the Department on August 24, 2015, as DWSD’s first Chief Planning Officer.
In her capacity as Chief Planning Officer, Ms. Coffey champions DWSD’s efforts to bolster the Department’s energy and asset management capacities.
Ms. Coffey is familiar with DWSD and the GLWA through her role as Manager in Oakland County’s Water Resources Commissioner’s (WRC) office where she worked for 12 years, and she was an integral part of the DWSD-GLWA transition efforts.
Under the leadership of Commissioner Jim Nash, Ms. Coffey was responsible for supervising engineers, field staff members, administrative and technical support personnel and supporting operations and maintenance of wastewater interceptor systems, local municipal wastewater conveyance systems, drains and lake level control structures as well as oversight of staff members who perform construction project management and construction inspection.
Ms. Coffey is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Michigan. She graduated Cum Laude from Lawrence Technological University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and was named Young Engineer of the Year by the Northern Chapter of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers.