Eureka Township supervisor resigns


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 9:56 am on Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Laura Shears

 

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Eureka Township supervisor, who has been on medical leave since last year, officially resigned from the position this week.

During the Eureka Township meeting Monday night, the board approved accepting the resignation of Laura Shears.

“Laura has moved from the township and is no longer a township resident, so (she) cannot be supervisor,” Clerk Linda Ruwersma said.

Shears, a Democrat, was re-elected township supervisor on Nov. 6 despite a challenge from former township supervisor Les Lillie, a Republican. Shears received 921 votes compared to Lillie’s 902 votes. She survived a recount that took place on Dec. 5, in which Lillie gained one vote.

On Dec. 10, Shears took a medical leave of absence that was advised by her doctor and the board approved her recommendation to appoint Rodney Roy as interim supervisor and Marty Posekany as interim trustee.

According to Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, the township has 45 days to appoint someone on a permanent basis until the next even-year general election.

The board decided Monday to move forward by keeping the appointed interim positions as permanent ones, according to the meeting minutes that will be approved at the May meeting.

It was approved through a 7-0 vote for “those appointed as Interim Supervisor (Rod Roy), Trustee (Marty Posekany) and Planning Commission member (Duane Putnam) will continue in permanent-appointment positions until the appointment is up or the next general election term begins, which is Nov. 20, 2014.”

Millard said those interested in running for the supervisor position will have to file petitions with the township clerk by the May 2014 filing deadline.

“Candidates will then appear on the August primary ballot and then the party nominees would go on to the November general election,” Millard explained. “The winner will then serve out the remainder of the term.”

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