Gramling and West Elected MMSD Commission Chair & Vice Chair
Commissioners of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) today unanimously elected Ben Gramling as Chair of the MMSD Commission for 2014 and Fox Point Village President Michael West as Vice Chair.
(Milwaukee, WI) – Commissioners of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) today unanimously elected Ben Gramling as Chair of the MMSD Commission for 2014 and Fox Point Village President Michael West as Vice Chair.
Gramling is the Director of Environmental Health Programs for the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center where he has worked since 2001. His work on Milwaukee’s south side has focused heavily on revitalizing the Kinnickinnic River Corridor, redevelopment of the Menomonee River Valley and childhood lead poisoning prevention. Gramling completed undergraduate coursework in environmental conservation at the University of Colorado before receiving a degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Forest Ecology & Management. He also received a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
West, a registered architect and professional engineer in private practice, has been Village President of Fox Point since 2002 and has lived in Milwaukee County for the last 35 years. He is active in the development of engineering and construction standards for the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Concrete Institute. West was recently appointed a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Of the 11 Commissioners that run MMSD, seven are appointed by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and subject to Common Council confirmation. The other four Commissioners are elected by the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, which includes elected suburban leaders from within the District.
MMSD provides water reclamation and flood management services for 1.1 million people in 28 communities. Learn more about the District at www.mmsd.com and on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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