Suzanne R. Coffey is the Chief Executive Officer for the Great Lake Authority (GLWA).Suzanne R. Coffey became the Chief Executive Officer for GLWA on June 23, 2022.
Before being named Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Coffey served for nearly a year in the role of Interim Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, she was the Chief Planning Officer for GLWA, a position she held since August 24, 2015.
As Chief Planning Officer, Ms. Coffey championed GLWA's efforts to bolster the Authority's asset management capacities, capital improvement program execution and lead long-term planning efforts including the Wastewater Master Plan.
Ms. Coffey initially became 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 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.