Royalton Township to get new manager, supervisor

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — Royalton Township Supervisor Steve Tilley will be switching seats at the end of the next township board meeting.

Tilley, who has served on the board for 27 years, will become the township’s new manager on Nov. 10. He is replacing Jim Soteriou, who announced he will retire at the end of 2015. Soteriou served as head of maintenance for the township before taking on the added job of manager 14 years ago.

The committee that was formed last month to select the next township manager received nine applications and had narrowed it down to two before making a recommendation in favor of Tilley.

“We interviewed those two individuals and one of them was very impressive, but they didn’t have as much experience for the management side of the position,” said Clerk William Foust.

Tilley will have a beginning salary of $65,000, plus benefits. Soteriou was making $72,000 in his last year as manager.

Foust said the board will re-evaluate Tilley’s salary after six months.

Since Tilley was named manager unanimously by the board, he will resign from his part-time position as supervisor. Trustee Robert Basselman was chosen by the board to replace Tilley as supervisor, through the recommendation of Foust.

“I think we should keep this continuity going by selecting a supervisor from the current trustees instead of opening it up,” Foust said. “During this transition period I would like to see Bob’s experience in that chair.”

Basselman has been a trustee for 23 years, but will resign as a trustee in order to take over as supervisor for the one-year appointment.

The supervisor and whomever fills the vacant trustee seat will have to run for their positions in the August primary. The manager is a hired position.

Anyone interested in filling the township’s open trustee seat should write a short paragraph on how their appointment would benefit the board. They should also provide a resume, then mail or drop them off at the township’s main office at 980 Miners Road in St. Joseph. All applicants must be Royalton Township residents.

Tilley said the deadline for applicants is Monday, Nov. 2, by the end of the business day. The board will review submissions during the Nov. 9 meeting.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Oct. 13, 2015)


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