Retiring Royalton Township manager to get vacation buy-out

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — Soon-to-be retired Royalton Township Manager Jim Soteriou is getting a vacation buy-out for the allotted time off he has collected this year.

When trustees met Monday, the board agreed to give Soteriou – who is scheduled to retire Dec. 30 – about $2,500 for his two weeks of unused vacation.

Steve Tilley, who served as supervisor and is taking over as manager, said it was an easy decision for the board to pay Soteriou.

“He has some stuff he is trying to finish up, which he started with the township,” Tilley said. “It made sense that he finish those odds and ends rather than have me take them over. He’s got about a week and a half to finish it off.”

Soteriou served as the head of maintenance for Royalton Township before taking on the added job of manager 14 years ago.

Tilley, who has served on the board for 27 years, became the township’s new manager Nov. 10. Tilley said he has been doing everything new that has come across the manager’s desk, while Soteriou is finishing his projects.

Since Tilley was named manager unanimously by the board, he resigned from his part-time position as supervisor. Robert Basselman was then chosen by the board in the same Nov. 10 meeting to be the next supervisor.

“Our outgoing manager was also on the fire board and he has chosen not to stay on that,” Tilley said. “They have not appointed anybody yet, so that will go to the January meeting.”

In the Monday meeting, the board reappointed Rachel Bernard, Brian Lieberg, Jay Ackerman and Joe Pater to three-year terms on the Planning Commission. Lieberg was the commission’s chair and Bernard was its vice chair.

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

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 16, 2015)


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