By Tony Wittkowski | Local Government Reporter | The Times Herald
WORTH TWP. – A former deputy clerk has been appointed as the new township clerk following about a year of turmoil over the position.
Jennifer Stanyer was appointed Feb. 18 to fill the vacancy created by Robin Milewski‘s Jan. 31 resignation.
Stanyer had served as the township’s deputy clerk for two years before resigning in March 2014 for another job.
As Milewski’s replacement, Stanyer will remain in office until the term expires in November 2016. Stanyer was appointed on the existing salary of $18,000.
Township Supervisor Phil Essenmacher said her official start date was Sunday. However, because her current employer requires a months notice, she won’t be in the office regularly until April 1. Once Stanyer begins full time, she will be in the office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
“At this time she is at her other job, but it won’t take as long for her to become acclimated,” Essenmacher said. “She has been here different afternoons, but not every day at this point.”
Stanyer was the only applicant for the job. Essenmacher said he’s happy with the selection.
“With her applying and doing a great job as deputy clerk in the past, we are happy we retained her as our clerk,” Essenmacher said. “Had we not had a very qualified applicant with previous experience, we would have tried to do more research.”
Stanyer, who moved to the township seven years ago, said she wanted to be involved with the community. She said a board trustee contacted her about the clerk opening in early February.
“They knew I had the intention of running for a trustee position in 2016,” she said. “I’m very satisfied with the clerk position, though. Becoming a trustee was another way to be involved with the township.”
Essenmacher said it was important to the board that the next clerk would have municipal government experience, some knowledge of the township software and to be accredited by the state to run an election. Stanyer will have to be recertified through the state to run elections.
“The whole clerk issue we have had has been well-known for the past year,” Essenmacher said. “It’s been quite a long time since the township had a solid clerk’s department.”
Milewski submitted a letter of resignation to the board stating she could no longer complete duties as township clerk due to her medical treatments. She had suffered a heart attack and was also diagnosed with cancer in 2014.
The township had been making efforts to remove Milewski from office before she resigned.
Essenmacher said the decision to remove Milewski was because she had not fulfilled her duties as clerk, not because she was on medical leave since March 2014.
Essenmacher said the township has had issues with Milewski in the past, citing alleged problems with tracking township funds and voter materials.
The township received shutoff notices from DTE Energy in February and March of 2014 because the clerk didn’t pay the township’s energy bill on time. Essenmacher said the township also discovered unprocessed voter material.
Milewski took office in June 2011. She was appointed clerk after voters recalled Marcella Bartniczak in May 2011.
Steven Jones, the current deputy clerk, had been fulfilling the township clerk’s duties in Milewski’s absence.
(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 4, 2015)