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Clackamas County has named J. Michael Read as interim director of Water Environment Services while the county recruits for a permanent director.

Read has served as general manager of the Oak Lodge Sanitary District since 2008, a position he will maintain while heading WES. He has worked in the sanitary sewer and surface water management industry for over 30 years, including as director of WES from 1997 to 2002.

“I am proud to represent Clackamas County Water Environment Services, an organization committed to protecting and enhancing water quality in our region, and I look forward to contributing my experience to ensure customers receive the best possible value for these essential services,” Read said.

Mike Kuenzi, the previous director of WES, has been under fire this year for awarding contracts without competitive bidding and wrongfully firing a whistle-blower. WES manages three service districts, operating five wastewater treatment plants that produce 6 billion gallons of clean water each year and provides surface water management services which reduce pollution in rivers, streams and wetlands.

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