Suzanne R. CoffeyChief Executive Officer
Suzanne R. Coffey is the Chief Executive Officer for the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA).
Before being named Chief Executive Officer on June 22, 2022, Ms. Coffey served in the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer for nearly one year. Prior to that, she was the Chief Planning Officer for GLWA, a position she held at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department from August 24, 2015 to December 31, 2015.
In her capacity as Chief Planning Officer, Ms. Coffey championed GLWA’s efforts to bolster the Authority’s asset management capacities, capital improvement program execution, analytics, as well as lead long-term planning efforts such as the Wastewater Master Plan.
Ms. Coffey became very familiar with GLWA through her role as a manager in the Oakland County’s Water Resources Commissioner’s office where she worked for 12 years, and she was an integral part of the DWSD-GLWA transition efforts.
Under the leadership of Oakland County Water Resources 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.