Clerk candidate changes her mind, accepts Reynolds Township position

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:27 pm on Friday, September 21, 2012

Robin Sholty

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — The clerk candidate for Reynolds Township has had a change of heart.

Tina Porzondek stepped down as clerk at the Reynolds Township Board meeting Sept. 13, as did Deputy Clerk Lisa Lambert, effective immediately. Porzondek said she resigned as clerk because she was offered another job and accepted it.

Township board members asked Robin Sholty, who will likely be the next township clerk, if she would accept an appointment to fill the clerk’s position until Sholty is sworn in on Nov. 20, assuming she wins the Nov. 6 general election.

Sholty declined last weekend, telling The Daily News she doesn’t want to work with a “hostile board.”

However, Sholty changed her mind and decided to accept the appointment after all. She was sworn in as township clerk Friday.

“It was for the residents of Reynolds Township,” Sholty said. “The current board has been very cordial and we’re working through things.”

The current five-member Reynolds Township Board was ousted by five challengers in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Daniel Fisk beat Supervisor Keith Grannis by 604 votes to 233 votes.

Sholty beat Porzondek by 572 votes to 258 votes.

Jan Stevens beat Treasurer Roger Stedman by 593 votes to 240 votes.

Aaron Kindel and Willet “Bill” Smith received 551 votes and 544 votes, respectively, to beat trustees Lee Olsen and Ann Yanke, who received 199 votes and 219 votes, respectively.

The Reynolds Township office in downtown Howard City was closed this week in the absence of a clerk. A sign on the door read, in part, “Robin has decided not to accept the clerk’s position as of this date (Sept. 13). The position will remain vacated until she decides to accept the position or another election is held.”

A second sign, crudely written and misspelled and duct-taped to the outside of the township office door, stated, “For more info contact John Powel” (should be spelled Powell).

Powell is the owner of Powell’s Excavating & Septic on M-82 in Reynolds Township just west of Howard City. He has had numerous zoning-related disagreements with current township board members, but it’s not clear why his name is on the sign on the door.

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard was working with the Bureau of Elections to determine how township clerk responsibilities will be handled during the next two months and during the Nov. 6 election, but the issue has apparently now been resolved.

“I will be working closely with her in regards to her election responsibilities,” said Millard of Sholty.
My office will be issuing the absentee ballots until she can attend a clerk accreditation class at the state.  We will then transition the election  responsibilities back to the township.

“The current board members were very welcoming to her Friday,” Millard added. “It was a very pleasant meeting.  They were very forthcoming with information and very accommodating in my opinion.”

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