3 finalists picked for Edmore manager

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:27 pm on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Aaron Desentz

Neil Rankin

EDMORE — Three finalists are in the running for the position of Edmore village manager.

They are Aaron Desentz, an emergency management fellow and library security assistant; Neil Rankin, a substitute teacher; and Richard Lock, who was fired from his last job as town administrator after just one month on the job.

The Edmore Village Council has been searching for a new manager since Karl Kluwe retired in April after three years on the job. A special village council meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday for interviews with the three finalists.

A total of 33 people applied for the job and six finalists were originally chosen. The other three candidates who were in the final six were educator Scott Banninga of Muskegon, graduate teacher and research assistant Alex Holmden of Greenville and Ingham County financial analyst Madison Todd of East Lansing.


Aaron Desentz

Aaron Desentz, 27, of Pinckney, is currently an emergency management fellow at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Ann Arbor, where he has worked since May 2012. He is also employed as a security assistant and receptionist at Ann Arbor District Library, where he has worked since 2008. He has served on the village of Pinckney Planning Commission since 2011.

Desentz earned his master’s degree in public administration from Eastern Michigan University this past April. He previously earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Eastern Michigan University in 2009.

Desentz interned for Washtenaw County from last September to this past January. He also interned in the village of Dexter Finance Department from January to May 2012.

“My interest in this position stems from my desire to succeed in the public sector and to work in a thriving community,” Desentz stated in his cover letter to the village.


Richard Lock

Richard Lock of Winston-Salem, N.C., was most recently town administrator of Pikeville, N.C.

According to a Jan. 11, 2008, article in The Wilson Times, Lock was fired as town administrator of Pikeville after just a month on the job after he initiated an inquiry into the town’s records after saying he found financial irregularities. Lock suspended the town clerk Kathie Fields and the town board later put her on paid administrative leave.

No criminal charges were filed against Fields after an investigation was completed by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Lock was then fired after just one month on the job.

According to Mayor Herbert Sieger, Lock was fired due to his “judgment.” Town Commissioner Dennis Lewis said Lock did not follow the town ordinance, which states, “the town administrator shall appoint or suspend or remove all town employees, except the town attorney, the town clerk, the police chief and employees of the police department.”

According to The Wilson Times, Lock said he was fired because town officials did not want him to cooperate with the inquiry into the town’s records.

Lock did not return messages from The Daily News seeking comment for this story.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics at Adrian College in 1985. He was previously employed as an operations manager for Vision Solutions Inc. in Ann Arbor from 2002 to 2006; principle for Consulting Solutions Inc. in New Hudson from 1998 to 2002; again as operations manager at Vision Solutions from 1996 to 1997; program manager of the Office of Program Management Assistance for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department from 1990 to 1995; program coordinator for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department from 1989 to 1990; contact analyst for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department from 1988 to 1989; marketing administrator for MVI Corp. in Ann Arbor from 1986 to 1987; and assistant to the parks director for the city of Grosse Point Farms from 1976 to 1985.

“I enjoy working with people and feel my qualifications will be a good fit for this position,” Lock stated in his cover letter to the village.


Neil Rankin

Neil Rankin, 37, of Midland, is currently a substitute teacher for Professional Education Services Group in Midland, where he has worked since last September. He earned his master’s degree in public administration with a focus on local government from Western Michigan University last year. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation from Western Michigan University in 2000.

Rankin was previously employed as operations manager for The Dow Event Center in Saginaw from 2006 to 2008 and as program and weekend manager/interim director of the Isabella County Events Arena in Mount Pleasant from 2003 to 2006.

As a student, he worked as maintenance engineer at Saginaw Bay Ice Arena from 2009 to 2012 and summer adventure ranger/summer ranger with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in Bay City in 1997, 1999 and 2001. He also interned with the city of Bay City in 2011 and with the city of Muskegon Parks Department in 2000.

“I am excited to apply for this posting and the opportunity to bring my education, experience and passion to a local government committed to creating a collaborative organizational approach in serving the needs of the residents of your community,” Rankin stated in his cover letter to the village.

Edmore Applicants

Other applicants for Edmore village manager included:

• Amanda Archer of Kentwood — attorney for Hoort Law in Portland.

• Doug Brown of Mount Pleasant — teaches political science as adjunct faculty at Delta College and teaches administration, management and quantitative analysis at Central Michigan University.

• Scott Czasak of Macomb — campaign consultant for Icon Consulting in Macomb.

• Darlene DeHate of Edmore — dispatcher, secretary and trainer of Montabella Community Schools Transportation Department.

• Sean Doody of Lake Orion — insurance adjuster for The Congress Corp. in Southfield.

• Christopher Eakin of Grand Rapids — intern in the administrator’s office of Ottawa County.

• Douglas German of Greenville — previously worked a variety of positions the automotive and engineering industry.

• Florence Goodgasell of Edmore — crew manager at Taco Boy in Mount Pleasant.

• Wilmern Griffin of  Muskegon — previously employed as neighborhood stabilization program manager for Flint and director of community, neighborhood services in Muskegon and community planner in Jackson.

• Susan Hansen of Edmore — social worker for Vestaburg Community School.

• Nathan Heffron of Manton — first assistant at at Culver’s Restaurant in Cadillac. Serves on Manton City Planning Board, Manton City Commission and Manton City Planning Commission.

• James Howard of Mason — consultant for various communities.

• Kimberly Jeffery of Lakeview — substitute teacher for Greenville, Lakeview and Tri County schools.

• Mark Jenkins of Rockford — deputy equalization director for Isabella County and owner and appraiser of AREA Services.

• Lynn Larson II of Edmore — longterm care social worker and case manager at Metron of Greenville.

• Tyler Leppanen of Lansing — legislative intern for Rep. Collene Lamonte and Rep. Marcia Hovey-Wright in Lansing.

• James Lower of Ionia — previously worked as a campaign and legislative aide.

• Dana Macklin of Edmore — previously employed in a variety of engineering and quality control positions.

• Steve Moffit of Ashley — president and administrator of the village of Ashley and terminal manager of Autoport Michigan Limited in Lansing.

• James Moreno of Mount Pleasant — Isabella County commissioner.

• Andrew Parmelee of Gowen — sales associate and self-employed in entrepreneurial development.

• Jacob Rytlewski of Belding — resource recovery coordinator for Montcalm County.

• James Snyder of Edmore — county manager for the Ithaca USDA Service Center.

• Karen Spencer of Greenville — substitute teacher.

• Lucas Strittmatter of Buffalo, N.Y. — urban planning consultant in Amherst, N.Y.

• Josh Stryker of Midland — ReStore volunteer. Previously worked in a variety of athletic positions.

• Fred Ventresco of Wilmington, Vt. — previously employed in a variety of town manager positions.

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