Montcalm Township treasurer officially out

By Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 2:52 pm on Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Wednesday evening’s Montcalm Township Board meeting had an empty chair.
The Montcalm County Board of Canvassers officially certified the results of Tuesday’s township election, in which voters recalled Treasurer Phyllis Shilling by a vote of 394 to 275.
County Clerk Kristen Millard said Shilling’s office was declared vacant as of 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday. That information was emailed to Clerk Carol Rosebrook and Shilling will receive a letter from the county today notifying her of the results.
Shilling contacted Millard by phone Wednesday afternoon to inquire about whether she should attend the township meeting later that evening and was concerned about who would sign the township’s checks. Supervisor Michael Adams said Shilling turned in all her township equipment on Wednesday.
“It was very cordial and without any issue,” he said.
Township board members approved allowing Adams to sign checks in Shilling’s place.
The process of filling Shilling’s position is under way. Township board members have the option of appointing a temporary treasurer who would serve until a special election in late February.
Adams is compiling a list of people who may be able to fill the position during that time. One person has stepped forward to be considered so far.
Adams is looking specifically for someone with no ties to the ongoing conflict that led to Shilling’s and former Supervisor Jim Heimbecker’s recalls.
“I’m definitely adamant about bringing in new people,” Adams said.
He said the board may call a special meeting sometime this month or in early December to make an appointment if they agree on an acceptable candidate. Adams said the latest an appointment would come is the Dec. 14 township board meeting.
For the February election, anyone interested in running has until Nov. 28 to file paperwork to get on the ballot.
The Republican and Democratic parties each get to place one name on the ballot. Anyone interested in running as a Republican needs to contact township party chairman John Johansen while anyone interested in running as a Democrat needs to contact township party chairman Mike Huckleberry.
Both parties will choose their selection process. They must provide their nominations to Millard’s office by 4 p.m. Nov. 28.
Anyone interested in running with no party affiliation needs to file a completed application at Millard’s office in Stanton by 4 p.m. Nov. 28. The applications must include nine to 30 signatures of registered voters in the township.
Whoever wins the February election would serve about nine months until the November general election next year. The winner of that race would serve a four-year term.

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