MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — Seeing the township work in harmony is goal for the new township treasurer.
On Dec. 1, the Montcalm Township Board had a special meeting to hire Rose Hyde as the township treasurer.
Hyde is happy to become the new treasurer and is excited to work with other members of the board to get the township’s finances and bookkeeping in order.
“It’s all about doing what is best for the residents,” Hyde said.
She was one of two candidates from the Republican Party who applied to run for the position. No one applied for the position from the Democratic Party or with no party affiliation.
Hyde will run unopposed on Feb. 28 for a nine-month term. She would have to run for election again on Nov. 6 for a full four-year term.
Hyde told her colleagues on the township board Wednesday evening that she is in the middle of conducting interviews for the deputy treasurer position.
Township Supervisor Michael Adams is optimistic about the future of the board as it turns over a new leaf with new members.
“The treasurer, the clerk and myself have been very busy over the last couple of weeks developing systems and a collaborated workflow process that has already been implemented and appreciated by the residents of the township as they begin making payments in the tax collection cycle that began Dec. 1,” Adams said.
Adams said by cross training the township’s officers to accept tax payments and looking up information to answer questions from residents and mortgage and title companies, the township board has been able to offer more to the township.
“We have been able to offer the level of customer service that our residents expect and deserve from us as elected officials,” he said.
The board is working to help Montcalm Township residents and find new ways to keep them informed.
“The transition to this collaborative work environment, where we are all focused on taking care of the needs of our residents by sharing duties and knowledge, has been very rewarding for me,” Adams said. “I enjoy being able to tell a resident when they come into the office, ‘Yes, I can help you with that’. It is the kind of greeting that they really appreciate and deserve.”