A interim Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner has been appointed.
Kalamazoo County officials have named Patrick Krause, a former county environmental-health and lab-services director, as interim county drain commissioner.
Krause will handle the duties of Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner William French, who suffered a stroke Aug. 10 while on vacation in the Florida Keys.
Fink said that Krause was chosen because of his experience in working with the drain commissioners' office on stormwater management, water quality and drainage issues.
Krause was director of environmental health and laboratory services for Kalamazoo County from 1987 until 2003, when he retired. He served on the Environmental Health Advisory Council and worked with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Fink praised Krause's ability to communicate effectively with the public to explain drain projects.