Livingston County will be closed on Monday, May 27th in honor of Memorial Day.

Meet Your Drain Commissioner

Brian Jonckheere

Picture of Brian Jonckheere

Brian Jonckheere was elected Livingston County Drain Commissioner in 1996. Mr. Jonckheere is a fourth generation resident of Livingston County. His background includes work in the environmental health area as a Sanitarian for the Livingston County Health Department. He was also an engineering technician for Boss Engineering of Howell, Michigan. Mr. Jonckheere’s education background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries Biology from Michigan State University, a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Biology from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and PhD course work in Resource Development at Michigan State University.

The role of a Drain Commissioner can best be described as a water resource manager that also needs to balance the protection of individual property and human health with environmental protection. The Drain Commissioner deals almost exclusively with issues that directly or indirectly affect water quality. The Drain Commissioner’s office is actively involved in county-wide storm water management, watershed planning, lake management, solid waste programs like household hazardous waste disposal, wastewater treatment, soil erosion control programs, and emergency management. Mr. Jonckheere is the Director of the Board of Public Works. Under that title he oversees the construction and operation of ten wastewater sanitary sewer facilities in Livingston County.

Department Personnel

Brian Jonckheere
Livingston County Drain Commissioner
Board of Public Works, Director

Kenneth E. Recker, II, P.E.
Chief Deputy Drain Commissioner
Soil Erosion, Stormwater Management, Lake Levels

Frank Ervin
Deputy Drain Commissioner
Sanitary Sewer and Facilities Management
Livingston Regional Sanitary Sewer
Livingston Regional Sewer System

Mitch Dempsey
Environmental Projects Manager
Soil Erosion, Phase II, Stormwater, Lake Improvement, Lake Levels

Robert Spaulding
Department of Public Works (DPW) Coordinator
Solid Waste Program Coordinator
Management of Closed Livingston County Landfill


County Drain & Soil Erosion Inspectors and their Territories

  • Mark Benson – Village of Pinckney, City of Brighton, and Putnam, Hamburg, and Green Oak Townships
  • Dave Henard – Deerfield, Tyrone, Hartland, Genoa, and Brighton Townships
  • Rod Soos – Dam Operator, SESC Inspector for Village of Fowlerville, City of Howell, and Cohoctah, Handy, Howell, Oceola, and Marion Townships
  • Shane Laszlo – Construction Manager, SESC Inspector for Conway, Iosco, and Unadilla Townships

County Drain Maintenance Staff

  • Rob Quigley – Field Supervisor
  • Eric Kunzelman – Heavy Equipment Operator, Drain Maintenance
  • Tim Glenn – Drain Maintenance Worker

Wastewater Staff

  • Scott Brown – Wastewater Superintendent
  • Allen Green – Wastewater Operator
  • Tyler Grover – Assistant Wastewater Operator
  • Hunter Mayes – Wastewater Operator
  • Kyle Moulton – Wastewater Technical Specialist/Wastewater Operator
  • Andrew Teichman – Wastewater Operator
  • Justin Teichman – Wastewater Operator

Office Staff

  • Darrin Burns – Associate Engineer
  • Bryan Varacalle – Engineering Surveyor
  • Aaron Everest – Accounting Supervisor
  • Pam Osdras – Accounting Bookkeeper II
  • Shelly Messing – Office Manager
  • Jennifer McGinty – Administrative Specialist
  • Marcy Wylie – Administrative Specialist
Drain Commissioner
Brian Jonckheere

Brian Jonckheere
Drain Commissioner



(517) 546-0040


Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays


2300 E Grand River Ave
Suite 105
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 545-9658