Macomb County Public Works Commissioner

The Macomb County Public Works Commissioner serves a four-year term and will be paid $130,034 in his or her first year in office.

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    Anthony Marrocco

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What are the most pressing challenges facing the office in the next four years?

Why are you the best candidate for the job? (cite your specific qualifications)

How would you curb sewerage overflows into the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair?

Where do you stand on the Great Lakes Water Authority and water and sewer rates?

What changes and/or projects would you plan if elected?

What specific infrastructure upgrades would you make in the county?

What specific plans do you have to improve water quality in the county?

What accolades have you received from environmental groups? What criticisms have you received from such groups?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

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City of residence Ray Township.
Age 68
Family Commissioner Marrocco has two daughters, Armanda and Michelle, and is the proud grandfather of five grandsons and one granddaughter.
Education Bachelor of Arts in History with Minors in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Detroit; Proud Graduate of Harper Woods Notre Dame High School.
Vehicles owned I always buy American made cars produced by the United Auto Workers.
Professional Experience Macomb Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco is best known for his role overseeing one of the largest Wastewater Districts in Michigan, serving 500,000 residents in 11 communities. It is his responsibility to oversee 1,500 miles of drains, direct the construction and repair of tens of millions of dollars in much-needed sanitary sewers, and oversee pollution-abatement projects throughout Macomb County. Mr. Marrocco has a distinguished record of standing up for affordable and environmentally sound clean water management. He is the driving force behind important infrastructure improvements to our wastewater management system, including the new $30 million Clintondale Pump Station. In 2016, Marrocco received an award from Governor Snyder for his commitment to environmental programs. Additionally, Mr. Marrocco was honored by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for his 10-year commitment to the Adopt-A-Highway program. In 2008, the American Society of Civil Engineers awarded the Macomb Public Works Office its Quality of Life Award for the completion of an $81 million pollution abatement program to prevent untreated sewage from entering Lake St. Clair. As a public official, Mr. Marrocco has taken the lead in all forms of civic engagement. He is the sponsor of the annual Clinton River Canoe Classic. The event is held to showcase the Clinton River as a regional environmental resource. Having started his career as a member of the Chippewa Valley School Board, Commissioner Marrocco went on to serve several terms on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners. He was elected Public Works Commissioner in 1992. While protecting the environment and making life easier for county residents is a full-time job in itself, Commissioner Marrocco also finds time to serve Macomb County as a Commissioner on the Huron-Clinton Metroparks Authority, and as a Founding Member and former Chair of the Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals Ambassador Club.
Political Experience Mr. Marrocco is completing his sixth consecutive four-year term as Macomb County Public Works Commissioner, one of the most important roles in county government. He has also served on the Chippewa Valley School Board as a trustee and as a member of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.
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Incumbent? True
1. PROTECTING OUR WATER BY ENDING COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS. 2. ANTI-POLLUTION EFFORTS & ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION. Under my leadership, the Public Works Office runs an extensive anti-pollution and environmental education effort. These award winning programs help students learn about the environment, and the part they need to play in keeping it clean and safe for everyone. 3. FIGHTING FOR RATEPAYERS AND KEEPING DOWN COSTS. I run my office efficiently and have come in under budget every year I've been in office, returning more than $9M to the taxpayers.
For 23 years, I’ve dedicated my career to overseeing the management of our area’s storm water and interceptor wastewater systems. We’ve invested millions of dollars in upgrading infrastructure, including a $30 million reconstruction of the dilapidated Clintondale Pump Station, and an $81 million pollution abatement program in St. Clair Shores, Roseville, and Eastpointe to protect the Great Lakes. I’ve also fought to protect Macomb County taxpayers’ pocketbooks. When the Detroit-operated 15 Mile Sewage Interceptor collapsed because of corruption and mismanagement, I sued Kwame Kilpatrick and the Detroit Water and Sewer Department for overcharging Macomb $26 million for repairs, and won.
Under my leadership, Macomb has worked to end CSOs including the completion of an $81M pollution abatement program to separate stormwater and sanitary sewers in Roseville, Eastpointe, and St. Clair Shores, to prevent basement flooding. Additionally, the Public Works Office is designing an expansion to the Chapaton Basin, to double its capacity to hold excess water during heavy rain events, and eliminate discharges into Lake St. Clair. I'm also working with the City of Warren to allow them to discharge into the Oakland Macomb Interceptor Drain during heavy rain events, to eliminate basement flooding in the southern part of the city.
I opposed the creation of the GLWA because I believe it was a bad deal for Macomb County families. I believe the governance structure of the authority is unfair, and that the costs of the authority are not equally distributed. Macomb County’s ratepayers should not be forced to pay increased costs for a “forever lease” of the Detroit Water and Sewage Department’s assets, while getting nothing but increased rates in return. Rates increased 4.9% in Macomb this year because our ratepayers are expected to make up all systemic shortfalls, like the $28 million debt Highland Park has to the GLWA. This is why I asked Executive Mark Hackel to not sign the deal and commit Macomb to an unfair system.
I am running for re-election because I believe there is still work that needs to be done, especially the continued separation of stormwater and sanitary sewers in older parts of Macomb County. Additionally, I'm planning several projects that will help spur future development in Macomb County while also protecting our environmental resources. Finally, I have approached the Board of Commissioners with a project to expand the Chapaton Basin to finally end treated overflows during heavy rain events. This is the culmination of several years of research and design, that will improve our environment while also stopping basement flooding during heavy rains.
With funding available, there are several infrastructure upgrades I would like to make. First and foremost, I would like to fund a $50 million expansion of the Chapaton Basin to hold even more wastewater, and further prevent discharges during heavy rain events. I would also like to continue my pollution abatement program that separates legacy combined sewer systems in the older parts of Macomb County. At over $1 million per mile, sewer separations are not cheap, but they help protect the environment while stopping overflows and basement flooding.
As a champion of clean water, I have called for the re-establishment of Macomb County's Water Quality Board, and believe real time water monitoring will improve tourism and protect the public.

Also, with an enlarged Chapaton Basin, treated wastewater discharges will be severely curtailed. This will both prevent untreated sewage from flooding basements, while also protecting our vital water supply.
I have received many awards from environmental groups for my anti-pollution, clean water, and habitat restoration efforts. One I'm most proud of is the 2008 'Quality of Life Award' from the American Society of Civil Engineers for my completion of an $81 million pollution abatement program that eliminated millions of gallons of untreated sewage from Lake St. Clair. This project was completed under the auspices of the Lake St. Clair Clean Water Initiative. I have also received the Michigan Association of Drain Commissioners' 'Public Education Award' for my work on environmental education with elementary school students and our innovative 'Imagine the Possibilities' Recycling Contest.
Yes, I support Hillary Clinton and the entire Democratic ticket.
City of residence Harrison Township, Michigan
Age 62
Family Husband Don, retired Macomb County Circuit Court Judge and former Base Commander at Selfridge. 1 daughter
Education Macomb Community College Northwood Institute
Vehicles owned Ford C-Max, Buick Enclave
Professional Experience Worked in family marina business, and was a small business owner.
Political Experience Harrison Twp. Trustee, 1979-1980 Harrison Twp. Supervisor, 1980-1992 Macomb County Treasurer, 1992-1994 Michigan Secretary of State, 1995-2002 Member of Congress, 2003-present
Race/ethnicity White/Scottish
Incumbent? false
The most pressing challenge I will face as the next Macomb County Public Works Commissioner is stopping the overflow of raw sewage into our waterways. The mismanagement and maintenance of our infrastructure has simply not kept pace with growth and the result has been literally billions of gallons of raw sewage entering our waters. Our lakes, rivers and streams are a treasure for our community and they must be protected. I have been a strong advocate and champion of water for decades and I will get to work on day 1 to ensure this challenge is met.

I also will conduct a forensic audit of how our tax dollars are spent to ensure our resources go to meeting the needs of our community.
During my time in public service protecting our Great Lakes has been a primary advocacy. I led the effort as Harrison Township Supervisor to enact the first wetlands protection ordinance which led to sustainable development. As Michigan Secretary of State I served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Lake St. Clair which developed strategies to protect our lake. In Congress I secured funding to create a "real time" water quality monitoring system for our drinking water. I also led the fight to pass the Great Lakes Compact to stop diversion of our water. As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee I helped pass many other protections for the Great Lakes.
We need to dramatically increase the capacity of retention basins at the various pumping stations under the jurisdiction of the Macomb County Public Works Commissioner so that water can be treated and ensure its purity before it is allowed to enter back into the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair. The current capacity is woefully inadequate and results in billions of gallons of raw sewage pumped back into our eco-system each year.

I am very concerned about the lack of transparency in how the water and sewer rates residents of communities across Macomb County are forced to pay. Users of the system deserve to know that they are not being forced to pay the bills for others who refuse to pay. For instance, the citizens of Sterling Heights have had to endure a rate increase of over 120% in recent years while being given no explanation for these increases with some suggesting the incumbent is using these funds for unnecessary administrative costs. When I am Public Works Commissioner I will demand transparency from the GLWA and provide that same transparency for the county sewer rates.
One of the first things I will institute after conducting a forensic audit of how county drain funds have been spent is to provide greater transparency in the process. I will also institute a customer service center to improve the delivery of services to people experiencing problems. During my time as Michigan Secretary of State customer service was a top priority and will be again as Public Works Commissioner. Finally, instead of being at odds with other County leaders, I will work with them. I am proud to have the support of County Executive Mark Hackel and look forward to working with him to streamline county services and protect the taxpayer.

The most pressing needed improvement for our infrastructure is to increase capacity in our retention basins to stop the raw sewage overflows into our lakes, rivers and streams. It is shameful that for so long this priority has gone unaddressed, and I will make certain that changes. I will bring the best minds in the industry together to form a solution and then go about the important work of making it happen.
While serving in Congress I secured the funding that allowed for the creation of a real time water quality monitoring system that extended from the St. Clair River through Lake St. Clair at the various water intake stations. This state of the art system allowed for our drinking water to be tested for a variety of pollutants to protect the public from contaminated water. When this system was in place chemical spills in our water declined.In the years since this, the incumbent allowed for the decline and ultimate elimination of these protections and spills have risen. I intend to lead the effort to reinstate these protections so people can be assured of clean pure drinking water.
I am very proud to be working closely with the group Save Our Lake St. Clair who are tireless advocates for this treasure for Macomb County. I have also earned the support of two warriors for our waters, Doug Martz and Tom Morely, who have been champions for clean water in Macomb County through their many years of service on the Macomb County Water Quality Board. I was also a proud member of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Lake St. Clair which issued a hallmark report on steps that needed to be taken to protect our water and have been busy in the years since that time working to put those recommendations into policy and practice.
I have endorsed Donald Trump for President and I will support him this fall.