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Snyder announces appointment to Great Lakes Water Authority

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced his intent to appoint Earl Edward Hood, of Pittsfield Township, to the Great Lakes Water Authority.

The Great Lakes Water Authority was created earlier this year by the filing of articles of incorporation between the city of Detroit, and the counties of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. If a lease agreement can be reached in the near future, it will oversee, operate, and manage all wholesale water and sewer lines that are currently part of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department. It would also oversee “common-to-all” assets such as the filtration and water plants, pumping stations and other facilities providing joint functions for all ratepayers, assuming an agreement is reached.

The authority is comprised of six members, one representative each from Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties, one member appointed by the governor to represent customers outside of those three counties, and two members representing the city of Detroit.

"I am confident Ed will bring strong professional experience and great insight to the authority. I thank him for him willingness to serve," said Snyder.

Hood is retired from Dykema Gossett PLLC, where he worked as a commercial litigation partner and as the regional partner in charge of the Ann Arbor office. He received the Bennie Oosterbaan award in 2012, served as chair of the Glacier Hills Retirement Community board, chair of Ann Arbor Insurance Board, and chair of the Ann Arbor Zoning Board of Appeals. Hood earned a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of Michigan.

Hood will serve at the pleasure of the governor and his appointment is not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.