January 2013, former Farmington Hills County Commissioner Jim Nash began his tenure as Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner (WRC). Commissioner Nash brings a wealth of knowledge on environmental sustainability issues with a focus on environmental stewardship, economic development, social equity and regional advocacy and cooperation to the WRC.
“It is truly an honor to have been voted by the people of Oakland County to lead this important and professional agency,” Nash said. “I am taking over an agency today that has a huge impact county-wide and a shining record of accomplishment in serving our communities.” Nash further went on to say, “I will pursue communication and collaboration among the communities in Oakland County and among our regional partners to find the regional answers we can bring together.”
As a four term Oakland County Commissioner, Nash focused his efforts on environmental sustainability, green buildings, veteran services issues and mental health issues. He wrote and passed county resolutions supporting green building projects in Oakland County and helped develop sustainable policies for the Region. Commissioner Nash has organized and hosted seven green building workshops and helped plan the first two county Green Building Summits. Nash has also worked with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Engineering Society of Detroit.
As his first act, Nash wasted no time in appointing Phil Sanzica, P.E. as his Chief Deputy Water Resources Commissioner. “Phil has an outstanding reputation across Oakland County and his expertise in county government and the water and sewer field makes him an asset to all of us in the county,” said Commissioner Nash.
Sanzica, a former WRC Chief Engineer has more than 33 years with the organization. A resident of Troy, Sanzica is a graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. His areas of expertise include project management, including grants and bonding, construction drain and pump maintenance and drain and lake level engineering.
Commissioner Nash is an 18 year resident of Farmington Hills. He is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He served as a U.S. Army Medical Specialist and was honorably discharged from the service. He received the Good Conduct Medal and Expert Field Medical Badge. Jim and his wife Karen have four children and three grandchildren.
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Source: Oakland County Michigan