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Snyder Announces New Advisers

Republican Gov.-elect Rick Snyder announced Friday that former Gov. William Milliken's environmental adviser, William Rustem, will be director of strategy in his new administration.

Rustem is president and CEO of Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing think tank. During his 25 years there, he has directed studies on the status of Michigan cities, wastewater treatment, recycling and land use.

Milliken, a Republican, was governor from 1969 to 1982 and hired Rustem to be his chief staff adviser on environmental matters. Rustem holds a bachelor's degree in social science and a master's degree in resource development, both from Michigan State University.

Snyder also announced Friday that he has chosen two more members for his transition team.

One is Ann Arbor SPARK President and CEO Michael Finney, who will serve on the Transition Committee for Economic Development.

Snyder co-founded SPARK in 2005 and hired Finney to run it. Finney also has been a vice president in charge of emerging business sectors at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. and is among those considered a possible pick to head the MEDC in a Snyder administration.

Central Michigan University Trustee Stephanie Comai will serve on the Transition Committee for State Management Issues. She was former Gov. John Engler's special adviser for information technology and director of the e-Michigan Office, which set up access to online state services and information.

Snyder will succeed Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Jan. 1.

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