Benton Township left without a comptroller

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — After a few weeks of consideration, the candidate Benton Township had pegged to be its next comptroller declined the part-time job.

Superintendent Kelli Nelson said they received formal notice from Britni McDole on Oct. 13, that she would not accept he job as comptroller.

“She was definitely interested in it,” Nelson said Wednesday. “Basically, she decided she was happy with her employment at Plante Moran and thought that it would be a better fit for her.”

In a letter sent to township officials Oct. 13, McDole wrote she appreciated the offer but did not give a reason for her decision.

“I want to thank you for taking the time to meet with me at the board meeting,” McDole wrote. “However, after much thought and consideration, I will have to respectfully decline the offer.”

Nelson said there has been no decision made on the position of comptroller, as there are no candidates that would be able to make a seamless fit like McDole could.

“Based on her skill set, we felt she would be able to do it in that two-and-half-day equivalent,” Nelson said, referring to the comptroller’s part-time limitations. “We are taking some time to explore our options and make a plan moving forward. At this point we haven’t decided what that plan will be.”

Nelson served as comptroller this year, prior to being named superintendent toward the end of September for the retiring Elden Piontek.

A recommendation to hire McDole as comptroller was made and approved by a 5-1 vote during a September board meeting.

The contract that was approved would have paid McDole about $45,000 a year. The comptroller is expected to work an average of three days a week from September through May, and two days a week from June through August.

McDole anticipated starting in October as part of a three-year service agreement.

Piontek, who made the recommendation, told trustees this would have saved the township money because McDole is considered part-time and would not be paid benefits.

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

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Oct. 20, 2016)
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