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Immediate Release
December 22, 2014

Gramling and Hermes Elected MMSD Commission Chair & Vice Chair

(Milwaukee, WI) – Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Commissioners today unanimously elected Ben Gramling to a second term as Chair of the Commission and Greendale Village President John Hermes as Vice Chair for 2015.

Gramling is the Director of Environmental Health Programs for the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center where he has worked since 2001.  His work on Milwaukee’s south side has focused heavily on revitalizing the Kinnickinnic River Corridor, redevelopment of the Menomonee River Valley and childhood lead poisoning prevention. Gramling completed undergraduate coursework in environmental conservation at the University of Colorado before receiving a degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Forest Ecology & Management.  He also received a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Hermes started on the MMSD Commission in 2006 and serves on numerous other boards including: Vice Chair, Aerotropolis Milwaukee Corporation; Greendale Board of Tax Review; Chairman, Greendale Community Development Authority; Executive member, Intergovernmental Cooperation Council of Milwaukee County; and the Village of Greendale Finance Committee.

“I’m honored to have my colleagues elect me to the next level of leadership here at MMSD,” said Hermes.

Of the 11 Commissioners that run MMSD, seven are appointed by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and subject to Common Council confirmation.  The other four Commissioners are elected by the Intergovernmental Cooperation Council, which includes elected suburban leaders from within the District.  

MMSD provides water reclamation and flood management services for 1.1 million people in 28 communities.  Learn more about the District at and on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Contact: Bill Graffin, MMSD Public Information Manager, (414) 225-2077