Employee Focus - Our Mr. Fix-its
By Sarah Cormier
Macomb County Executive Office
It may be as simple as changing a light bulb or setting up for a meeting or as complicated as fixing a stubborn leak or painting an entire department.
Whatever the need may be, the 32 tradespeople that are part of Macomb County’s Facilities and Operations (F&O) Department can take care of the issue.
“We maintain the buildings and keep all of the facilities in operating order,” said Brian Bauman, union carpenter who has worked for the county for three years.
There are over 30 buildings that F&O oversees including a couple of court buildings, the Administration Building, the court parking structure and the Clemens Center.
Al Brys, mechanical systems supervisor, oversees the heating and cooling for all of the buildings. He said his job is made interesting by the fact that technology in the industry has really changed the way that heating and cooling is done.
“I like the variety of equipment we have and keeps the job very interesting,” said Brys. “We have an automated control system where we can do a lot of our work from the computer, so that’s exciting.”
Both Bauman and Brys said they are on call at all times in case there’s something that needs to be fixed immediately, but they really enjoy what they do.
“I enjoy doing different things, and it’s a great bunch of guys,” said Bauman.
“I like the people I work with, there’s no doubt about that,” added Brys.
“The trades group and boiler/refrigeration personnel are what keep our buildings going in Macomb County,” said Lynn Arnott-Bryks, director of F&O. “They do not hesitate to respond on nights, weekends, or holidays to emergent building issues or concerns. This group of employees is dedicated and experienced tradesmen and boiler/refrigeration personnel."
Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel said the F&O trades team is multitalented.
“This group really works hard to make sure all of our Macomb County buildings are running at their optimum level,” said Hackel. “I really appreciate the skill set these employees bring to the county.”