Jody Caldwell, P.E. has been appointed as the Oakland County representative for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s (DWSD) Board of Water Commissioners. Effective this month, Caldwell’s appointment replaces J. Bryan Williams, who recently resigned.
Caldwell 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 for the WRC Finance, Planning and Information Systems Divisions.
“Jody is smart, energetic, and highly respected within this community and I know he will do a terrific job for the water customers of Oakland County and indeed the entire region,” said Jim Nash, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner.
In his tenure with Oakland County, Caldwell has also 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. Caldwell, who holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan State University, has experience with municipal public works, civil engineering consultation and site development engineering.
“As a region, it is very important that we work together for the best interests of all customers and I am honored for this appointment during this critical and historical transition,” said Caldwell.
By federal court order issued February 2011, the Board of Water Commissioners is made up of seven members who oversee DWSD operations, management, major contracts, and set rates for water and sewer services. The Board includes four members from the City of Detroit, and one member each nominated by the Wayne County Executive, the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner and the Macomb Public Works Commissioner