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Craig Covey Back to Work for Oakland County

The former Ferndale mayor has been appointed to serve as special assistant to Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash.

Former Oakland County Commissioner and two-term Ferndale mayor Craig Covey has been appointed to serve as special assistant to Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash.

His duties will include working on environmental issues, helping to set up town hall meetings, outreach into communities, educational programs and communications.

"As a kid I was always interested in the environment," Covey said, noting that he often spent time reading about pollution. "Even as a kid that was one of the very first things I had gotten interested in."

Covey, who was first elected as mayor of Ferndale in 2007 and served on the Ferndale City Council from 1999 to 2008, was elected to the Oakland County Board of Commissioners in 2010 representing Ferndale, Hazel Park, and southern Royal Oak in the 25th District.

While on the board, he was a member of the Public Services and Human Resources Committees.

Due to redistricting, Covey ran last year to represent the new 18th district. He was defeated in the primary election in August by fellow Democrat and Oakland County Commissioner Helaine Zack of Huntington Woods. He said after the election that he would stay involved in advocacy and political work.

Nash, who was elected to the Water Resources Commissioner position in November, had served with Covey on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

In August 2012, Nash and Covey organized a Fracking Town Hall that attracted 120 concerned citizens. They discussed the issues around fracking and the potential impact it could have on drinking and recreational waters and how that can affect economic health.

“His organizing abilities and dedication to conservation and sustainability impressed me and I think this appointment will be very beneficial to the people of Oakland County, allowing us continue to take advantage of his energy and focus,” Nash said in a press release.

Covey said Nash asked him over the holidays whether he'd be interested in coming to work for him. "I said absolutely yes," Covey said.

Covey has been at the new job for two weeks and says he's excited about working with Nash and the entire Water Resources Commission team.

"I'm going to use this position to help Jim have a stronger focus on protecting the resources and making sure that future generations can benefit from a sustainable stewardship of our water resources," he said.

Covey previously worked as CEO of the Michigan AIDS Coalition and was an education consultant with the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Brian Smith January 30, 2013 at 05:49 AM
Where to start...dumb and dumber....the blind leading the blind...political patronage run amok??? Neither has a clue about a very important position and hiring a simpleton, party planner is evidence of all of the above...
Melinda Lee Hicks January 30, 2013 at 02:55 PM
@Brian Smith, have you ever worked with Craig Covey? I am fortunate enough to work closely with him and I can attest to the fact that he is an extremely dedicated, hard working man who truly puts his heart and soul into his community. He has raised a tremendous amount of money for many different community organizations and is always willing to lend a helping hand. I can honestly say that he has NEVER hesitated to assist me, on a volunteer basis, with anything that either I, or the non-profit organization I work for, needs help with. As a resident of Oakland County, I am happy that Jim Nash hired Mr. Covey. I know that my tax dollars are being spent to employ a man that will do his job well and will work hard for every cent that he earns as well as do what is best for our county. I think that hiring Craig was an extremely wise choice on Jim Nash's part and I commend him for it.
Ferndale_1986 January 30, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I wonder if Craig Covey has ever had a private sector job in his entire life?
Brian Smith January 31, 2013 at 02:06 AM
CC has never had a private sector job, I have worked with him and he is an event planner...both Nash and CC are unqualified for these positions. Wayne County and the Detroit Water Board vultures are licking their chops at this duet....watch your wallets....
G-Money February 05, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Does Ferndale negotiate their own water rates with Detroit, or do they go through Oakland County? Either way, the water/sewer rate in Ferndale is around double of what it was ten years ago.

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