Superintendent takes on comptroller duties for Benton Township

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

BENTON TOWNSHIP — In addition to her role as Benton Township superintendent, Kelli Nelson agreed Tuesday to perform the functions of comptroller.

Trustees approved the employee addendum at their Tuesday board meeting to make up for the comptroller vacancy. The township will continue its search for a comptroller.

The township is without a comptroller after they received formal notice from its chosen candidate in mid-October that she would not accept the job. The formal notice came a week after the board agreed to her hiring.

“We thought we had the comptroller position filled and the person that was interested had taken on another position,” Treasurer Debbie Boothby said. “Since there is a vacancy and there’s a lot of work to be done, Kelli agreed to work longer hours and an additional day to make up the time while we’re looking for a comptroller.”

Nelson will be paid the same rate she receives for any additional duties. Nelson already works four days a week as superintendent, but the addendum states it is her discretion on whether to work the additional day if necessary.

The addendum will run no later June 30, 2017.

“It’s just a tough time right now since we’re working on the budget and have some software initiatives that are being put in place,” Nelson said. “Right now was a hard time to find someone new with all that stuff coming in. We’ll continue the search and hopefully have somebody prior to the audit of the 2016 year.”

Nelson originally took over as superintendent Oct. 1 for a retiring Elden Piontek. She had already assumed a lot of Piontek’s responsibilities at the start of her most recent contract.

Nelson was given a three-year contract, which still ends Sept. 30, 2019. Nelson will be paid about $80,300 a year – a figure that remains the same as she was being paid to be controller.

Nelson was first hired to serve as the township’s controller in December 2009 and worked through December 2012. She then took one year off and came back in the beginning of 2014.

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

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Nov. 16, 2016)

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