Interim supervisor takes over in Eureka Township

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:24 am on Friday, January 04, 2013

Rod Roy

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The new interim supervisor for Eureka Township officially took over the position on Tuesday.

At the Dec. 10 township board meeting, newly re-elected Supervisor Laura Shears told the board she was taking a leave of absence and recommended appointing Rod Roy to take her place.

According to meeting minutes, the board went into closed session at 9:09 p.m. to discuss personnel issues and returned to open meeting at 9:16 p.m. During the closed meeting, Shears submitted a letter announcing her leave.

Laura Shears

The Daily News obtained a copy of that letter via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The letter stated: “Dear Board, This letter is very hard for me to write, but at the direction of my doctor, he has asked me to take a medical leave of absence from my position as supervisor of Eureka Charter Township. I have enjoyed working with each and everyone of you in the past, and look forward to you making the right choice for the future of the township. I am asking you to appoint an interim supervisor to fill my position while I am on medical leave. With that said, I am also willing to pass along my salary with that position.”

Shears earns an annual salary of $14,000.

According to minutes, Roy abstained from voting in the decision to appoint him interim supervisor.

“Treasurer (Cindy) Hanson moved with a second by Clerk (Linda) Ruwersma to have Trustee Roy abstain from voting on the issue of appointing him as interim supervisor, which was previously discussed in the close session,” the minutes stated.

To fill Roy’s position as trustee, the board appointed Marty Posekany to the board.

While interim supervisor, Roy hopes for growth and progress for the township.

“I am looking out for the township residents,” he said.

“I want growth for the township and Montcalm County,” he added, noting he is willing to help make that happen.

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