(Flint, Mich) During her first weekly press briefing April 5, Mayor Weaver took time to address concerns recently stated by officials with the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the City of Flint not having enough staffing at the water plant. The Mayor said she and her team are aggressively working to change that and she introduced the City’s new water plant supervisor, JoLisa McDay.
“JoLisa has more than 15 years of experience in water treatment”, said Mayor Weaver. “She has served as Water Utility Supervisor for the City of Ann Arbor and as Plant Manager at the Lake Huron Water Treatment Plant (formerly DWSD). We are happy to have her onboard.”
McDay, who earned a Bachelors of Science in chemistry from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Masters of Science in chemistry from Eastern Michigan University, said she’s not only qualified and capable of taking on the challenge, but she’s eager to be part of the team working to get Flint’s water situation back on the right track.
“I’m excited to be the newest member of our water treatment team”, said McDay. ” I enjoy opportunities to engage and serve the community.”
Now that McDay is officially onboard, Mayor Weaver said the next new hire will probably be Director of Public Works. There were more than 40 applicants, provided by the national search the Michigan Municipal League conducted. The finalists have been selected and interviews are taking place this week.
The Mayor also announced she is working to create a new position in City Hall, a Chief Public Health Advisor. The person selected for the role will be responsible for helping to strengthen the health infrastructure within Flint, to ensure the health of the City’s residents during and well beyond the water crisis.